Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, listens during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on voting rights on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Evelyn Hockstein/Pool via AP)
UPDATED 2:23 PM PT – Friday, October 1, 2021
The Supreme Court agreed to review a legal challenge on campaign finance rules brought on by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas). According to reports, federal election law set a $250,000 cap on campaign committee’s ability to repay personal loans made by a candidate following an election.
In 2018, Cruz loaned his campaign $260,000. The Federal Election Commission appealed to the high court in July after a lower court sided with Cruz in June by saying the law violated his First Amendment rights.
Cruz argued with the new campaign finance cap by saying it increased the risk of loans not being repaid in their entirety. In addition, critics have said the federal election law made it harder for politicians to run for office.
Justices are expected to hear arguments during the next term with a decision expected before July.