While Sen. Ted Cruz has become a divisive figure within the GOP and the country for his willingness to shut down the government to achieve the tea party goal of killing off Obamacare, his aggressive efforts have apparently been a boon to his fundraising abilities.
The Ted Cruz Victory Committee, his joint fundraising committee, raised almost $800,000 in the third quarter, which is almost double what it raised from April 1 to June 30, The Washington Post reports
When combined with the money raised by the Ted Cruz for Senate reelection committee and the Jobs Growth and Freedom Fund, his leadership PAC, his total comes to $1.19 million for the third quarter. In the second quarter, his committees raised over $1 million.
The Texas senator, who has been in office less than 10 months, has almost $1.6 million in the bank.
According to Roll Call
, $308,200 of the third quarter funds raised by Cruz's joint fundraising committee came from individual donors who gave less than $200. About half of his third quarter take came from supporters in Texas.
The freshman senator has become the face of the government shutdown
for many Americans, who blame his strategy of initially tying a measure to defund Obamacare to a stopgap spending measure to keep the government open past the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30. The strategy led to the government shutdown, now in its third week.
As a result, Cruz's favorability rating among Americans
has plummeted nationwide, but in Texas
he still has a huge following, according to one pollster.
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