After a number of companies opposed Georgia’s new restrictive voting law, Cruz took thele journal Wall Street to vent his fury. He and other Republicans, he promised, will not do inappropriate favors in exchange for corporate money … “this time.”
“This time around, we won’t look at the other side of the $ 12 billion in back taxes owed to Coca-Cola,” Cruz wrote in an op-ed titledYour money woke up ain’t good here. “This time, when Major League Baseball lobbies to preserve its multi-billion dollar antitrust exception, we’ll say no thanks. “
(Coca-Cola is embroiled in a long-standing tax liability dispute with the IRS.)
As many observers have pointed out, the Texas senator seemed to admit that he and other GOP lawmakers had done these things in the past.
“This is perhaps the most overtly corrupt thing a senator has said,” tweeted Walter Shaub, former director of the US Office of Government Ethics.
“This is the part that everyone knows: these scammers are selling access,” he continued. “Others have the sense not to admit it. This is why our republic is broken. Immoral politicians selling the power we entrusted to them like it’s theirs to sell.
Another Twitter user say it more succinctly:
“Announcing that you will no longer take bribes is not the defense you think it is. “
As his editorial progressed, Mr. Cruz dug his hole deeper. While promising not to accept corporate money – from now on – he quantified exactly what he had accepted in the past.
“During my nine years in the Senate, I received $ 2.6 million in contributions from corporate political action committees,” he wrote. “As of today, I no longer accept money from any corporate PAC. I urge my GOP colleagues at all levels to do the same. “
In the next paragraph, he listed a few things that he and his colleagues had “allowed” companies to do at the expense of the United States.
the Republican ended his article with a warning to these same companies.
“When you need help with a tax break or a regulatory change, I hope the Democrats take your calls because we can’t, ”he scolded. “From today we won’t take your money either.”
Mr. Cruz’s office has yet to respond to The independentrequest for comment from.