The Supreme Court will hear an appeal in the Ted Cruz campaign financing lawsuit.
On Thursday, the United States Supreme Court agreed to hear the Federal Election Commission’s appeal of a lower court’s judgment allowing Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, to circumvent federal limits on how much personal loans made to his campaign can be reimbursed.
On June 3, a federal three-judge court in Washington, D.C., sided with Cruz, who claimed that the restrictions infringed on his right to free speech under the First Amendment. Cruz spent $260,000 of his own money on his 2018 Senate reelection campaign against Democrat Beto O’Rourke, exceeding the $250,000 limit on the amount of donor money that can be used to repay such personal loans after the election.
In June, the court noted, “The government’s arguments to the contrary boil down to hypothetical worries about influence and access to incumbents.”
“Under the First Amendment, such explanations are insufficient to support a statute that restricts political expression. Without providing a substantial government interest, the loan-repayment cap infringes the fundamental rights of speech and association.”
Following the verdict, the Federal Election Commission filed an appeal with the Supreme Court in July.
Cruz’s case could be heard by the justices during the upcoming term, which begins on Monday. Before July 20, 2022, a decision could be made.
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