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Axiom Strategies got $2.7 million from Cruz campaign, records show

Jeff Roe (upper right wearing Cruz pullover) watched as Ted Cruz talked with the media in January 2016.
Jeff Roe (upper right wearing Cruz pullover) watched as Ted Cruz talked with the media in January 2016. kmyers@kcstar.com

The presidential campaign of Sen. Ted Cruz paid Axiom Strategies more than $2.7 million, Federal Election Commission filings show.

Through the end of July, FEC records show, Axiom — founded by Jeff Roe — was paid $2,757,052. Roe was Cruz’s campaign manager.

Not all of that money fell to Axiom’s bottom line — some went for postage, equipment, travel and personnel costs. But the filings show payments for “political strategy consulting,” which is what Roe does.

While $2.7 million is a lot of money, it isn’t close to the biggest payments made by the Cruz campaign, which lost to Donald Trump. The campaign paid WestRogers LLC of Memphis more than $20 million for media services, presumably including advertising costs (figures from Open Secrets and the FEC.)

Overall, the Cruz campaign spent more than $85.7 million in the race.

The campaign also paid more than $10,000 to the Redneck Country Club in Stafford, Texas, for facility rental and equipment.

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