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Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) talks with members of the media on March 22, 2024 in Washington, DC.Ted Cruz spends three days a week hosting his podcast, Verdict With Ted Cruz. He and cohost Ben Ferguson spend a few hours a week “break[ing] down the most important news stories of the day and reveal[ing] what they mean for you” on the show, which is produced by San Antonio–based radio and podcast company IHeartMedia. When he’s not busy with his podcasting duties, the Houston-based attorney has a side hustle in the U.S. Senate. Watchdog groups have raised ethical concerns about the confluence of these two gigs. Senate rules and federal law prevent members from accepting gifts from lobbyists, and IHeartMedia has been registered as one since 2002. Cruz serves on the Senate Commerce Committee, which regulates the communications industry, of which IHeart is a…

The post Ted Cruz Watch: The Senator’s “Free” Podcasting Gig Has Paid $630,000 to a Political Action Committee That Backs Him appeared first on Texas Monthly.

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