Ted Cruz (R-TX) is now under fire after a new report revealed that he worked with the same data company Donald Trump worked with that had ties to Russia.
Cambridge Analytica, a data firm that worked with the Trump campaign, also worked with Texas Senator Ted Cruz.
According to The Dallas Morning News, “Cruz continued work with Cambridge Analytica for six months after allegations surfaced in December 2015 that the firm was using Facebook data it had received illicitly.”
Recent reports revealed that the data firm was getting paid by Russia to run fake news stories in order to help Trump win the 2016 presidential election.
Now, Texas Democrats are using this against Cruz.
Texas Democrats called out Cruz on Monday for benefiting from a “massive invasion of privacy” and suggested that he did so knowingly.
“Ted Cruz will stop at nothing to weasel his way into power, even if it means weaponizing stolen information to manipulate people to like him,” Manny Garcia, the deputy executive director of the Texas Democratic Party, said in a press release. “Cruz’s campaign exploited personal information to create psychological profiles on millions of Americans. All to keep lining the pockets of Cruz’s billionaire super PAC donors — like Robert Mercer, who funded this propaganda machine.”
Cruz spokeswoman Catherine Frazier declined a request for comment on Monday.
Cruz will face off against Texas Democrat primary candidate Beto O’Rourke in the fall for a Senate seat.