Politico is reporting a Cruz fundraiser campaign official may have violated election laws by asking supporter’s to give unlimited donations. The official is identified as Keet Lewis a bundler for one of Ted Cruz’s 8 Super Pacs, Stand for Truth. Ted Cruz spoke at the fundraiser in question, but his campaign has not responded to a request to comment. In the recording obtained by Politico, the “campaign official” told supporters they should give unlimited donations to allied Super Pac’s;
“If you hit your max then we have a table for you that is the unlimited table,” Keet Lewis, a bundler for the campaign and co-host of a Dec. 30 fundraiser in Dallas, says on the recording provided to POLITICO. “It can take corporate dollars, it can take partnership dollars, and that’s the super PAC, Stand for Truth, so pick up some of that information.”
The Politico article goes on to explain why this is illegal;
“Campaigns and their agents are not allowed to solicit donations exceeding federal limits. The Federal Election Commission has said officials can direct donors to super PACs but only personally solicit for up to $5,000. Lewis, however, is heard asking for unlimited and corporate dollars.”
The fellow should revise and extend his remarks to make it clear he was not asking for more than $5,000,” said Jan Baran, an election lawyer at Wiley Rein.
“A general solicitation/direction (unspecified amount) without a disclaimer (‘To be clear, I’m not allowed to solicit or direct more than $5,000 for the super PAC’) would be illegal,” Paul Ryan, an attorney at the Campaign Legal Center, a watchdog group, wrote in an email.
The recording does not include any such statement from Lewis.”
Stand for Truth is run by Erik Lycan who CNN identifies as a prominent GOP election attorney who was the counsel for Mitch McConnell’s reelection campaign.
Politico also reports Stand for Truth ;
“spent almost $10 million supporting Cruz and opposing Marco Rubio and Donald Trump, two of Cruz’s rivals for the GOP presidential nomination.”
The Conservative Treehouse has more on the Mitch McConnell/Eric Lycan “insider DC pac” known as Stand for Truth.
“What this really reveals is more evidence of Ted Cruz being a GOPe insider; always part of the ‘establishment‘ from the outset.”