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Elections regulator hearing complaint about Ted Cruz has yard sign for senator’s campaign

May 02, 2024

Sanford Nowlin

(San Antonio Current) Trey Trainor, an attorney serving on the Federal Election Commission (FEC) — the panel scheduled to hear the complaint — recently retweeted a photo his wife Lucy Trainor shared of a yard sign outside their Austin-area home promoting the Texas Republican’s campaign for a third term in the U.S. Senate.

The questions about Trainor’s and Cooksey’s relationships with Cruz come as the FEC prepares to weigh in on the legality of a high-profile deal Cruz struck with San Antonio-based media conglomerate iHeartMedia to distribute his podcast, The Verdict With Ted Cruz. 

iHeartMedia has paid some $630,000 derived from the program’s ad revenue into a super PAC whose primary goal is to ensure Cruz’s reelection. The groups that initiated the FEC complaint — End Citizens United and the Campaign Legal Center — argue the deal is a likely violation of laws barring corporations from spending unlimited cash in direct support of candidates.