Donald Trump has frequently accused his Republican opponents and the GOP establishment of creating crooked, backroom deals — an accusation he reiterated after Ted Cruz and John Kasich's recently announced “alliance.”
But, is it possible that while former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina was still running for president she and Cruz struck some sort of deal to be a presidential ticket? The FEC is now asking questions.
The Federal Election Commission (FEC) has asked a Ted Cruz super PAC to explain why it gave $500,000 to another super PAC supporting one of his Republican rivals.
According to financial disclosures from June, Keep the Promise I – one of four separate committees backing Cruz – gave half a million dollars to CARLY for America, the political action committee supporting Carly Fiorina.
Super PACs are legally allowed to give money to other super PACs – they are only prohibited from donating directly to any political campaign. But it's unusual for one of these groups to give money to an opponent, especially when the candidate it supports is still in the race.
Whether the transaction was legal or not, Trump supporters are likely to see this as another example of political cronyism. Despite the fact that Carly Fiorina is a businesswoman who ran as an outsider opposed to Washington insiders — much like Donald Trump — there has been bad blood between the Trump and Fiorina camps since Trump's September remarks about Mrs. Fiorina's face and/or persona.
Source: CBS News