30 September (WNN) — On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the Federal Election Commission’s appeal on a lower court’s decision that allowed Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, to bypass federal limits that allow candidates for their campaigns. How much can be reimbursed for personal loans taken out. .
On June 3, a federal three-judge panel in Washington, D.C. sided with Cruz, who argued that the limitations violated his First Amendment free speech. Cruz put $260,000 of his own money in his 2018 election campaign in the Senate against Democrat Beto O’Rourke, exceeding the $250,000 limit on post-election donation amounts to pay off such personal debts. Can be used.
“The government’s arguments to the contrary boil down to hypothetical concerns about influence and access to those in power,” the court wrote in June.
“Such justifications are not sufficient to uphold a statute that burdens political speech under the First Amendment. The debt-repayment limit intrudes on fundamental rights of speech and union without serving a substantial government interest.”
After the decision, the Federal Election Commission appealed to the Supreme Court against this decision in July.
Justice Cruz’s case is likely to be heard in the upcoming term beginning Monday. The verdict could be delivered sometime before July 2022.