Ted Cruz for Senate, et al. v. FEC
On April 1, 2019, Ted Cruz for Senate and Senator Ted Cruz (plaintiffs) filed suit against the Commission alleging that the limit on repayment of candidate loans at 52 U.S.C. § 30116(j) violates the First Amendment to the Constitution.
The Act prohibits campaigns from repaying more than $250,000 in personal loans incurred by the candidate in connection with that candidate’s election with contributions made after the date of that election. Plaintiffs allege that the $250,000 post-election repayment limitation in the statute and the Commission’s implementing regulation violate the First Amendment rights of candidates, their committees, and their donors. Plaintiffs also allege that the regulation is unlawful because it is contrary to the language of the statute. Plaintiffs further allege that the challenged statute and regulation unconstitutionally limit the time period in which a candidate may raise money to communicate a political message and “effectively limit the candidate’s ability to lend the campaign necessary funds.”
Plaintiffs seek declaratory judgment that the restrictions of 52 U.S.C. § 30116(j) and its implementing regulation at 11 CFR 116.11 are unconstitutional, and an order enjoining their enforcement.
Source: FEC Record — April 2019
District Court (DC)
- Memorandum Opinion and Order (12/24/2019)
- Defendant FEC's Reply in Support of its Motion for Summary Judgment (9/08/2020)
- Plaintiffs' Combined Reply in Support of their Motion for Summary Judgment and Opposition to Defendants' Cross-Motion for Summary Judgment (8/11/2020)
- Defendant FEC's Motion for Summary Judgment (7/14/2020)
- Plaintiffs' Motion for Summary Judgment and Memorandum of Points and Authorities in Support (6/09/2020)
- FEC's Reply in Support of its Motion to Dismiss for Lack of Subject-Matter Jurisdiction (7/12/2019)
- Plaintiffs' Reply in Support of their Application for a Three-Judge Court and Response to Defendants' Motion to Dismiss (6/28/2019)
- FEC's Motion to Dismiss for Lack of Subject-Matter Jurisdiction (6/07/2019)
- Complaint for Injunctive and Declaratory Relief (4/01/2019)