AUSTIN (KXAN) — The campaign committee for Texas Libertarian Senate candidate Neal Dikeman has filed the largest ever FEC campaign finance violation complaint against CNN and Beto O’Rourke’s campaign, Monday.
The complaint centers around CNN’s proposed Oct. 18 town hall debate with Sen. Ted Cruz and O’Rourke. Dikeman claims since Sen. Cruz declined the invitation, the town hall no longer qualifies as a debate.
Instead, Dikeman claims this town hall constitutes a prohibited campaign contribution directly to Beto for Texas.
According to a press release sent out by Dikeman’s campaign, “Such coverage is not part of a general pattern of campaign-related news account giving reasonably equal coverage to all opposing candidates in CNN’s national service area.”
In the same press release, Dikeman’s campaign states the total estimate for the promotion, production and broadcast of the town hall is approximately $10 million. They claim this would be the largest single FEC campaign finance penalty in history.
“Politics should not be about money, and corporations should not be funding politicians,” said Dikeman.
“Excluding a Libertarian nominee from the debates, because you think I’ll take more votes from you than the other guy is one thing, politics is politics,” he said. “But violating campaign finance laws, especially on this scale is much bigger than that. The scope of this violation should give every American pause.”