Politics Ted Cruz illegally used campaign funds to promote his own book, an ethics watchdog has alleged
Sen. Ted Cruz illegally promoted his book with campaign funds, watchdog alleges in ethics complaints
Sen. Ted Cruz violated campaign finance rules by using donor funds to promote his book, a watchdog alleged Wednesday in two ethics complaints. The Campaign Legal Center accused Cruz's campaign committee of spending up to $18,000 on Facebook advertisements that "exclusively" urged viewers to buy copies of the senator's book. Cruz's book deal with Regnery Publishing netted him a $400,000 advance and a 15% royalty on net sales of hardcover copies, the CLC said, citing the senator's financial disclosure report. © Provided by CNBC Sen.
- Sen. Ted Cruz used campaign funds to run adverts urging people to buy his book, a watchdog said.
- The Campaign Legal Center said the adverts were illegal because he receives royalties on his book.
- That means he could have been using campaign money for personal gain, the CLC said.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz illegally used campaign funds to run adverts urging viewers to buy his book, a watchdog has alleged.
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The Campaign Legal Center (CLC), a watchdog which "works to reduce the influence of money in politics," this weekwhich allege that the senator had misused up to $18,000 of campaign funds to promote his book.
Using campaign money for personal gain is illegal, under US campaign finance law.
The first complaint was filed with the Federal Election Commission against Ted Cruz for Senate, his campaign, and the second was filed with the Senate Ethics Committee against Sen. Cruz.
The CLC said that Cruz had entered into a royalty agreement with Regnery Publishing under which he would receive 15% of net sales of hardcover editions of the book, meaning he stood to profit from the campaign advert spending.
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"Because Cruz receives royalties from book sales, his campaign crossed a legal line by spending donor funds on Facebook ads promoting sales of that book,".
"We don't know how extensive these violations might be because any similar ads that Cruz may have run on platforms other than Facebook or Google are not publicly available."
According, Cruz's book "One Vote Away: How a Single Supreme Court Seat Can Change History,", which was published in September last year - began running a series of adverts on September 24 promoting the book and encouraging viewers to "order your copy today."
Chris Gober, an attorney for Cruz's campaign committee,the campaign "has closely followed Federal Election Commission laws and guidelines when promoting his book." Insider contacted Sen. Cruz's office for comment.
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The adverts contained links allowing viewers to purchase the book online from retailers including Amazon and Barnes & Noble,.
One version of the advert included footage of Cruz telling viewers: "If you'd like to get the full story, you can go and buy a copy, right now."
According to Facebook's advertising archive, the filing said, the adverts cost a total of between $14,400 and $17,697.
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