Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) scored a big win on the Supreme Court.
The court ruled that restrictions on how much campaigns can pay back personal loans to the campaign are unconstitutional.
During the 2018 Senate race, Cruz loaned his campaign $260,000, $10,000 more than existing law allowed for reimbursement of post-election funds.
Pay the Man
When making the loan, Cruz admitted that he did so to challenge the law in place.
If you recall, he was in a massive battle with Democrat Beto O’Rourke, but he eventually prevailed, sending Beto to his first big loss post-House.
Beto was again beaten down in the presidential election, and he is once again going to lose in the gubernatorial election, but I digress.
In the Supreme Court ruling, Chief Justice John Roberts stated, “This limit on the use of post-election funds increases the risk that candidate loans over $250,000 will not be repaid in full, inhibiting candidates from making such loans in the first place.”
The law in place was the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002, which deemed any loan over $250,000 to be considered a campaign contribution.
Roberts continued, “[T]here is no doubt, that the law doe000000s burden First Amendment electoral speech, and any such law must at least be justified by a permissible interest.”
Justice Elana Kagan penned the dissent, stating that removing this rule will only promote more corruption in elections.
She wrote, “In discarding the statute, the Court fuels non-public-serving, self-interested governance.
“It injures the integrity, both actual and apparent, of the political process.”
This is a tough one for me because I despise how abused campaign funds are in this country.
They are far too often used to make family members wealthy, as we have seen in countless campaigns on both sides of the aisle.
On this one, I think I will defer my judgment for the time being, but I sure would like to have a sit down with Senator Cruz to get a bit more insight on how this is a good thing.
Source: Fox News