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Politico: Cruz Rented His Email List to Trump Before Endorsement

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By    |   Monday, 26 Sep 2016 02:38 PM

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz endorsed Donald Trump just last week, but rented out his email list to the Trump campaign way before then, according to Politico.

Trump emailed some of Cruz's supporters as early as June 17. The campaign sent a second solicitation the next day, then another the day after that. Some segments of Cruz's donor list have gotten emails from the Trump campaign 31 times, according to Politico.

Cruz and Trump were rivals for the Republican presidential candidacy, until Trump received the nomination at the Republican National Convention.

Hours before Cruz made his speech at the RNC in which he did not endorse Trump, Eric Trump sent an email to Cruz's list, saying, "We must seize this moment to build on our momentum and make America great again."

When Cruz slammed Trump for comments he made about his wife and father, saying, "I am not in the habit of supporting people who attack my wife and attack my father," he had been renting the list to Trump for over a month, Politico said.

Cruz spokeswoman Catherine Frazier defended the rental of Cruz's list, saying, "Renting out email lists is a very common practice among all campaigns and that is something, even before his decision to endorse, was an action he was willing to take to help the Republican Party at large."

Cruz asks for $22,000 to send one email to a list that contains 280,000 donors. He charges more than $51,000 to send an email to his full list of 1.28 million supporters, according to a rate sheet Politico obtained.

Cruz's campaign committee has earned around $290,000 in list rental income, according to Federal Election Commission records obtained by Politico. Trump's campaign has rented it five times since June. Trump's joint fundraising committee with the Republican National Committee has rented it more than 25 times.

"You are just a send away from reaching the most engaged and generous supporters in the Republican presidential primary history," Cruz's rate sheet said.

After political campaigns end, many send their lists to third-party vendors for management, but Cruz campaign manager Jeff Roe may be keeping the list close to home: Reignite Digital LLC has formed at the address of Roe's office with Axiom Strategies, and Cruz's digital director is listed as the contact person.

The list should be maintained by someone who cares about the candidate and cares about the opportunity to keep in touch with donors in a way that's respectful," a senior Cruz adviser said.

Reignite has sent nearly $200,000 in list rental fees to Cruz's campaign committee, and the Republican digital firm Targeted Victory has sent more than $88,000.

Cruz appeared on Glenn Beck's show to defend his support for Trump, saying, "I wish it were not a binary choice."

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