Something stinks: Ted Cruz's Super PAC donated $½ million to Carly Fiorina's campaign

political action committee (PAC) is an organization that pools campaign contributions from members and donates those funds to campaign for or against candidates, ballot initiatives, or legislation by, for example, making and buying campaign ads. 
A super PAC, officially known as an “independent-expenditure only committee,” may not make contributions to candidate campaigns or parties, but may engage in unlimited political spending independently of the campaigns. Unlike traditional PACs, super PACs can raise funds from individuals, corporations, unions, and other groups without any legal limit on donation size.
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Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has four super PACs to raise money for his presidential campaign, which raked in a total of $37.8 million as of July 31, 2015 — a significant haul that puts Cruz in the top fundraising tier. The bulk of the money comes from just seven individual donors. Cruz’s four super PACs are:

  1. Keep The Promise I: $11 million; funded almost entirely by New York hedge fund magnate Robert Mercer.
  2. Keep the Promise II: a single $10 million donation from Toby Neugebauer, a Puerto Rico-based investor who is the son of Texas GOP Rep. Randy Neugebauer.
  3. Keep the Promise III: $15 million — all from Texas billionaire brothers, Farris and Dan Wilks, who made their fortunes in fracking, and their wives, JoAnn and Staci.
  4. Keep the Promise PAC: $1.8 million, nearly all from Texas-based donors, including Robert McNair, Sr., the chairman and CEO of the Houston Texans football franchise.

Politico reports that, as of July 31, 2015, super PAC Keep the Promise I had spent the most, shelling out $536,000. But what is most curious is that $500,000 of that was spent not for Ted Cruz, but to promote his fellow Republican and supposed rival Carly Fiorina’s presidential ambitions.
SM Gibson reports for Anti-Media, Sept. 28, 2015, a super PAC associated with Fiorina, CARLY for America Super PAC, has raised almost $3.5 million to date. 

Note: The super PAC was originally named Carly for America. In June 2015, the FEC forced it to change its name because the original name was in violation of its rules, which state that super PACs cannot use a candidate’s name because they are supposed to be “independent.” So Carly for America changed its name to CARLY (an acronym for Conservative Authentic Responsive Leadership for You) for America Super PAC.

What is curious is that among the hundreds of contributions pledged to CARLY for America, one is for $500,000, made on June 18, by the Cruz-affiliated Keep The Promise I super PAC, as shown in the latter’s itemized disbursements (see below).
Ted Cruz Super PAC disimbursements
Why would anyone seeking the presidential nomination for the Republican party donate such a large sum to a competitor? 
Even stranger, the large sum was donated to Fiorina on June 18 — when she was still a relatively unknown candidate and polling at 0%, according to a Washington Post–ABC News poll. It wasn’t until August 6 — when Fiorina performed well in the first GOP lower candidate debate — that she was on anyone’s political radar nationally.
The only explanation given by Keep The Promise I for its $500,000 “disbursement” or donation to CARLY for America is “other disbursement,” which of course is not an explanation.
That has prompted the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to send a letter to Keep The Promise I treasurer Jacquelyn James, dated Sept. 16, 2015, asking for “a brief statement or description of why” the $500,000 disbursement was made.  The letter warns that “Failure to adequately respond by (October 21) could result in an audit or enforcement action.”
So when you see TV ads touting Fiorina, they really should carry this inscription:
Carly Fiorina
See also “Republican Sen. Ted Cruz announces presidential campaign, but is he eligible?” and “Is Ted Cruz an advocate of a North American Union?“.

Update (Sept. 30):

I just received this email from Ted Cruz asking for my donation:

I know I’ve asked a lot of you over the last 14 days…and I didn’t want to have to do this, but I must ask one more time for your support of $35 or whatever you can afford. We are only 329 donors short of the toughest goal we’ve ever set. This is HUGE. Right now, I’m asking you to make any donation — as little as $5 or as much as you can afford — to make sure we surpass the looming Federal Election Commission deadline before midnight tonight.

This is the response I sent back:

Since your Keep Your Promise I super PAC is so flush with money that they donated half a million dollars to Carly Fiorina’s super PAC, you really should stop crying poverty.

Update (March 28, 2016):

The $½ million may be “hush money” to “hush” Ted Cruz’s alleged extramarital affair with a Fiorina deputy campaign manager named Sarah Isgur Flores. According to Karl Denninger of Market Ticker, if it was “hush money,” it may be a criminal offense and “the FEC is already looking into it.” See:

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Christian Zionist
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Somthing stinks is right, Cruz claims to be such a Constitutionalist, but doesn’t understand that HE, LIKE OBAMA IS INELIGIBLE TO BE PREZ OR V-PREZ? So why is he funding the business destroyer? A woman who funded a website for abortion, a woman who thinks common core is fine? What’s up with that…I’ll repost this for this afternoon

japoa
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Politics makes strange bedfellows , doesn’t it ? This is probably an attempt to chop into Trump’s lead in the polls .

Kevin Lankford
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Kevin Lankford

ted cruz = “canadian anchor baby”.

Christian Zionist
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Reblogged this on Exposing Modern Mugwumps.

carly
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carly

I read where Cruzs wife was /is a V.P. at Goldman Sachs. Anyone verify?

japoa
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I have read that , can’t provide follow up info tho . He is just another tool in the toolbox . Along with his wife .

slcraignbc
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slcraignbc

The Lil’ Teddy was born a “TRI-citizen at birth” in a foreign country to a Cuban anti-Batista revolutionary refugee father and an expatriate U.S. Citizen mother who may or may not have secured Lil’ Teddy’s U.S. Citizenship when she re-entered the U.S. So under the current iteration of understandings of the status of a U.S. natural born Citizen anyone born to even one U.S. Citizen parent anywhere in the world conforms to the Constitutional usage and intent of the term of words, in spite of the 1795 Act repealing the “foreign born” natural born Citizen provision and the passage of… Read more »

japoa
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To answer your q , Barack Insane Obama

slcraignbc
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slcraignbc

I’m not sure what you mean with the response, but it is a comparison, with the distinction that one IS a usurper and the other is a wannabe usurper.
If you are suggesting that the fact that the “0” has successfully usurped the Office of POTUS so the Law of A2S1C5 no longer applies, I would suggest that there is NO Statutes of Limitation on the Civil & Political Offense of the Usurpation of the Executive Offices of POTUS / V-POTUS of the United States.

MA in MO
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I am with you japoa. Just an effort to take down Trump. When Fiorina jumped fast-forward in the campiagn I knew there was a huge surge of money paid out on her behalf. carly; not sure if Cruz’s wife is still at Goldman Sachs but she was at one time and she was also a high-ranking member of the CFR. In fact she helped write the trade agreement that the prez was so hell-bent on getting passed. One of my best friends is a Cruz supporter all the way but I just can’t get on board with him. Not sure… Read more »

japoa
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As to your last sentence , don’t they all ?
She may not be with Goldman-Sachs anymore , but once you’re in the C.F.R. , YOUR IN . period !!!

DCG
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Well, this sucks. Politics is a funny game, isn’t it…

directorblue
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Cruz is eligible as every single serious scholar has already observed.
That said, SuperPACs can’t legally coordinate with the candidate… by definition, Cruz has no oversight over these entities.
I’m guessing that one of the SuperPACs that donated to Fiorina has some level of GOPe involvement.

slcraignbc
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slcraignbc

You say: ” Cruz is eligible as every single serious scholar has already observed.”
I say; … Please provide the U.S. Law(s) that supports their positions and or opinions.
Oh, you can not because there is none, ….. but try anyway….

MA in MO
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How many of us really believe that a candidate’s superpac does not coordinate with the candidate? One place I worked, the clerical staff called this kinda stuff a dog-n-pony show — on the one hand we do this, on the other hand we do that and so it goes back-n-forth, back-n-forth!

Kevin Lankford
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Kevin Lankford

I contend that your “every single serious scholar” are just contemporary liberal agenda driven liars. It is their intent to attempt to cover for the fraud obama and open the door for even more frauds.There are just to many who accept the word of these frauds, who are relying on their positions and fake credibility, rather than research the facts for themselves. Common sense itself should dictate that dual citizenship is contrary to the whole purpose of the “Natural Born Citizen” clause being a part of our Constitution. That purpose being to insure non-conflicted loyalties, uncontested allegiance, and to insure… Read more »

Poster
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Sorry, the US code controls. If he had dual citizenship, that means he was, at birth, a legal citizen of two countries. That is the definition of dual citizenship. The definition of “natural-born citizen” is “citizen at birth”. Further, it is not liberal talking heads who are advocating for Cruz. They are not that intelligent to do that. They would more likely spread birthright rumors, false in this case, like Hillary did about Obama. (Obama most likely is the son of Frank Marshall Davis, which is why he has obscured his birth cert in any way possible. Being an illegal… Read more »

slcraignbc
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slcraignbc

Kevin your indignation IS justified, given that the LAW is actually very unambiguous when interpreted in light of the times that they were written. The term of words, “natural born citizen” is an observable natural occurrence that has been cited as a ‘political concept’ throughout history, a child born of citizen parents. When used in the COTUS for the SPECIFIC PURPOSE of excluding persons who were NOT a child of citizen parents it became LAW, STATUTORY Constitutional LAW, which can be expressed in the terms of statutory construction and interpretation as an “exclusionary prerequisite imperative requirement provision” which then REQUIRES… Read more »

TrailDust
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“Here comes the new boss, just like the old boss” – The Who

Poster
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Stop with the conspiracy nonsense. 1. The Super-PAC, by law, cannot coordinate with the candidate. Contrast and compare to Ben Carson’s Super-PAC, which has given him no end of headaches. Furthermore, why just one contribution? Why not more? And what good does Super PAC funding do, when it’s hard money that really drives the campaigns (see: Walker and Perry). 2. The CFR calls on all kinds of people to generate its white papers. To smear Heidi as a CFR shill is an old, old smear used by Dewhurst in the TX Senate run. See this and get educated. 3. According… Read more »

slcraignbc
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slcraignbc

You say: ” 3. According to the US title code, Cruz is eligible to be president. He was a citizen at birth, due to the natural-born citizen status of his mother. The US title code controls who and whom isn’t a citizen, not Vattel (which is not part of the US code).” I say that you are assuming facts that is NOT in the U.S. Code……. SHOW ME WHERE the term of words “natural born Citizen” or “U.S. natural born Citizen” is at in the 8 U.S. Code ANYWHERE …. !!!! Look, the 14th Amendment and any and all SCOTUS… Read more »

directorblue
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Mark Levin, Andrew C. McCarthy, and Ed Meese have noted that Cruz is clearly eligible. I’ll stick with them. Even the ludicrous, left-wing nutjobs at Politifact agree that “Most legal scholars maintain that Cruz is in the clear despite his Canadian birthplace.”

slcraignbc
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slcraignbc

So you are really not interested in supporting, protecting and defending the Constitution on your own…???
You let the talking heads tell you what you need to know and the hell with TRUTH & Fidelity….????
That’s OK …. not everyone cares who their elected representatives actually are.

Glenn47
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Glenn47

What a mess indeed. I feel if Cruz was ineligible the left would be screaming it from the rafters. But instead, they are as quiet as a mouse, why? The doubt behind whether BO is eligible might be keeping them quiet. His father was a British subject, does that give him a bye? Who is eligible seems to go with who is making the decision. Something stinks, of course, it has been that way since 2007 and has only gotten worse. It makes little difference who gets in it seems. Are they going to be the one to keep us… Read more »

Steven Broiles
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A horse walks into a bar. Bartender goes, “Why the long face?”
(I just had to get that joke out).
Follow the money—or the connections. Cruz’s wife is on the Board of Goldman-Sachs. What is Carly’s connection to Goldman-Sachs? Is that connection even indirect, say, through Hewlett-Packard?
OR, the explanation may be simpler: In order to prevent Jeb Bush or Rand Paul from winning the nomination, Cruz is leveraging Carly Fiorina against them; She can function to siphon votes away from those two and funnel them over to Ted?

Fina Biscotti
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Fina Biscotti

Unbelievable.
Want to hear. “why” US Senator Cruz did that –
especially now that it is coming out Carly Fiorina shares a friendship w Obama’s close associates Bill Ayers, the unrepentant domestic TERRORIST and Khalid al-Mansour – (the front man for Hamas, the Terrorist organization) – who paved the way for Obama’s “entry” and “education” at Harvard university – as a Foreign student – to be financed by a Saudi Prince.

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