Ted Cruz gets electoral law case added to Supreme Court calendar | State and regional news
By JESSICA GRESKO and MARK SHERMAN Associated Press
WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court on Thursday added five new cases to its schedule for the term starting next week, among them a challenge to the federal electoral law brought by Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas.
Cruz’s challenge involves rules on the reimbursement of a candidate for federal office who lends him his campaign money. By law, a campaign can reimburse the candidate up to $ 250,000 with the money collected after the election.
Cruz maintains that the current rules discourage candidates from lending money to their campaigns in violation of the Constitution. A panel of three judges unanimously sided with Cruz, and the Biden administration asked the court to take up the case.
Cruz, a former Supreme Court clerk, loaned his campaign $ 260,000 when he ran for re-election in 2018, when he defeated Beto O’Rourke. Cruz was eventually reimbursed, except for $ 10,000. The express purpose of the loan was to challenge the law.
The court also agreed to hear the appeal of the heirs of a German Jewish woman and a Jewish organization in San Diego in their quest to recover a valuable painting by Camille Pissarro that was originally taken by the Nazis and which is now on display in an art museum in Madrid.
In another case, judges will consider a Christian organization’s plea to have its flag displayed on a flag pole at Boston City Hall.