Sunday, February 7, 2016

Ted Cruz Has a New and Predictably Dubious Money Scheme

To compete with his frenemy Donald Trump, Texas Senator Ted Cruz has hit upon an old, if dubious, campaign strategy: Lie, cheat, and steal his way to victory.

In what is becoming a pattern with the Tea Party conservative, Cruz has yet again sent election officials scrambling to their rulebooks (sic)...

...Cruz told supporters that a group of super-secret "mega-donors" had personally promised him that they would match ALL of Ted's donations dollar-for-dollar within the next 48-hours.  Cruz begged for people to join on this campaign buy one, get one...

...The problem, as The Intercept was quick to point out, was that either Cruz is lying or breaking the law.  Pick your poison, Ted.

"Campaign finance experts...say there's no way Cruz could be doing exactly what he promised without violating the law.  That's because there's no way 'a few very generous supporters' could legally be matching a large number of contributions to the campaign.  The operative rule is that individual donations to campaigns are legally capped."

"If this money is going to his campaign, any one of those donors can only give a maximum of $2,700 (per cycle) including any money they have given before," said Fred Wertheimer, a campaign finance expert at Democracy 21...

...So what's a mega-donor to do?  That's where Super PACs come in.  But here's the thing: Cruz can't coordinate with his Super PACs without breaking the law.  So how can he be instructing his rich friends to match his campaign contributions?

The other option, of course, is that Ted Cruz is lying.  There are no super-secret mega-donors... This is a pretty strong possibility because blatantly spreading falsehoods is absolutely in Cruz's wheelhouse.

eye'm thynkin': Ted's Jesus must be so proud.

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