Sens. Cruz, Lee Form Joint Fundraising Effort

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Wednesday, 30 Apr 2014 02:33 PM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee have created a joint partnership to raise money that they'll split between their re-election accounts.

The Republican tea party allies last week filed paperwork for the Lee Cruz Victory Committee, the National Journal reported.

Utah's Lee and Cruz from Texas have been close since their first meeting in 2010 at the Federalist Society in Washington, and Lee was quick to support the freshman senator.

Since that time, the two senators have become allies while being considered as two of Senate's most hardline conservatives. They have been speaking together at many events in recent weeks, including traveling to a conservative conference in Utah last week, The Associated Press reported, where they both gave speeches attacking Obamacare.

Cruz is already a fundraising force this cycle, raising $887,344 in the year's first three months, compared to the $363,760 he raised during the same period in 2013.

Meanwhile, Lee has also been traveling to campaign for Republican candidates facing competitive primary elections, The National Review reported.

A senior aide told the Review that Lee is operating a "shadow party" to lend support to Republican candidates, while presenting policy proposals in hopes of putting the GOP in a position to win the presidency in 2016 and to keep power beyond that.

Lee calls his plans a "conservative reform agenda," the Review reported.

"I’m encouraging my fellow Republicans, incumbents and candidates alike, to take note of the fact that we do much better when we promote our agenda," the senator said. "We can’t always just be the party that’s about being against what we don’t like in Washington. We need also to be the party that’s for things we want to have happen in Washington."

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