A campaign finance watchdog group filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) against Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Wednesday for allegedly misusing campaign funds to promote his 2020 book and then receiving royalty payments from hardcover copies sold through those promotions.
The Campaign Legal Center filed complaints against Cruz with the FEC and the Senate Ethics Committee.
The center alleges Cruz’s campaign committee, Ted Cruz for Senate, spent at least $18,000 of donor funds on Facebook advertisements for his book.
According to the complaints, Cruz received 15% of royalties on each hardcover copy of the book that sold—however, Cruz’s campaign committee disputes this.
Brendan Fischer, Campaign Legal Center’s director of federal reform said, “because Cruz receives royalties from book sales” Cruz “crossed a legal line by spending donor funds on Facebook ads promoting sales of that book.”