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Cruz suing FEC over post-election fundraising limits

Sen. Ted Cruz is suing the Federal Election Commission over its limits on how much he can reimburse himself for his 2018 re-election campaign expenses.

Cruz put $260,000 of his family's money behind his bid to fend off Democrat Beto O'Rourke, which is $10,000 more than the law says he's entitled to raise after the election to pay back personal loans. In a lawsuit filed in federal court in Washington, Cruz says the limit violates his and his donors' First Amendment rights to express themselves by financing political speech.

BuzzFeed News, which reported on the suit, notes the section of the law he is challenging "is known as one of the so-called millionaire provisions of the law — rules aimed at limiting the advantages of wealthy candidates in an election cycle."

A spokesman for the Federal Election Commission declined to comment, citing the pending litigation.

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The struggle is real: FEC stalled on regulations for online political ads

The Federal Election Commission has once again punted on establishing rules for identifying who is sponsoring online political advertisements. Thursday marked the fourth consecutive meeting in which the topic fell to the wayside without a clear path forward.

FEC Chairwoman Ellen Weintraub revived debate on the topic in June when she introduced a proposal on how to regulate online political ads. In her proposal, she said the growing threat of misinformation meant that requiring transparency for political ads was "a small but necessary step."

Vice Chairman Matthew Petersen and Commissioner Caroline Hunter put forth their own proposal soon after Weintraub, but the commissioners have failed to find any middle ground. At Thursday's meeting, a decision on the agenda item was pushed off to a later date.

Weintraub's proposal says the funding source should be clearly visible on the face of the ad, with some allowance for abbreviations. But Petersen and Hunter want to allow more flexibility for tiny ads that cannot accommodate these disclaimers due to space.

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California's Supreme Court is expediting President Trump's challenge to a new state law that would require him to release five years of tax returns in order to get on the state ballot for the 2020 election.

California court expedites Trump challenge to new tax returns requirement

The California Supreme Court is fast-tracking its review of a challenge to a new law that would require President Trump to make public his tax returns in order to get on the state's ballot for the 2020 election.

A lawsuit seeking to block implementation of the law was filed August 6 by the California Republican Party against Secretary of State Alex Padilla. It claims the law violates California's constitution.

Two other challenges, one filed by Trump's personal lawyers, are pending in federal court.

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