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Sen. Cruz Applauds Attorney General Sessions for Ending Obama-Era DOJ Cronyism

Urges Congress to pass the Stop Settlements Slush Fund Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today issued the following statement praising Attorney General Jeff Sessions' announcement to end the improper practice, implemented at the Department of Justice under the Obama Administration that sometimes required defendants who choose to settle lawsuits to contribute funds to preferred third-party groups that were neither victims nor parties involved in the case:

"I applaud Attorney General Sessions for ending the previous administration's practice of using settlement agreements to funnel millions of dollars to left-wing political allies," Sen. Cruz said. "Under the Obama administration, cronyism reigned supreme. More than $500 million was transferred to outside groups, including political activist groups, in the form of donations directed by the DOJ. Congress should follow Attorney General Sessions' lead, and entrench this new policy into law by passing the Stop Settlements Slush Fund Act."

Sen. Cruz is an original co-sponsor of the Stop Settlements Slush Fund Act, along with Sens. John Cornyn (R-Texas), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), James Lankford (R-Okla.), and Mike Lee (R-Utah).