Ted Cruz, the weasel he is, figured a way to stuff his “Defend and Resform” town hall meetings with friendly constituents. Cruz is having a town hall in Houston on July 8th at 12 noon. It is sponsored by Concerned Veterans of America. CVA has been described by Source Watch as a front group:
Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) is a 501(c)(4) non-profit whose major funders through the years have been the Koch brothers and their donor network; as such Sourcewatch.org considers CVA to be a Koch Brothers front group. The Koch donors network appears to use CVA to advocate for reductions in federal spending, to attack the 2010 Affordable Care Act and to advance other “free market” policies.
An investigation by ProPublica found that Concerned Veterans for America is funded submits its IRS filings under the name Vets for Economic Freedom Trust. Those documents list former Koch Industries managing director Wayne Gable as a trustee.
So I bet Cruz alerted CVA which invited their friendly members and friends then sent the invite to the public with few seats left. The event is sold out. No word on a rally outside of the venue but I would bet there will be one. The invitation is available on EventBrite.