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3/31/2015

Ted Cruz Makes Big Fundraising Push

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 11:23 am

Bloomberg:

This week has been an early test of whether [Ted Cruz] can bring in the contributions he’ll need to stay afloat throughout the course of a campaign.

Cruz is hoping to build on the $2 million he raised in the first three days after becoming the first official candidate for the White House. Tuesday marks the cut-off for first quarter fundraising for congressional and presidential candidates.

Cruz’s advisers have said he needs at least $30 million to compete ahead of next November. If he can post strong numbers from the opening week of his bid, it will help him combat perceptions that he isn’t a top-tier candidate with broad appeal.

“In less than 48 hours, my campaign faces its biggest challenge to date,” Cruz wrote in Monday night’s dispatch. Opponents and supporters “will be looking at this report to determine the strength of our campaign.”

I donated today. I believe it’s the first time I have ever given money to a politician.

38 Responses to “Ted Cruz Makes Big Fundraising Push”

  1. Now watch the FEC try to categorize posts like this as a financial donation.

    I would not put it past them, for a moment.

    Patterico (15be32)

  2. he’s only doing this fundraising push cause he wants money

    happyfeet (831175)

  3. I drop some shekels there too. Figure I will fund my 2-3 preferred guys. Walker and Rand might take some of my money too.

    Rodney King's Spirit (d5efc1)

  4. #2 Uh,,,,, yeah. Why else raise money unless you want it.

    Rodney King's Spirit (d5efc1)

  5. EXACTLY

    happyfeet (831175)

  6. that’s just like putting out the collection box, not an actual donation,

    narciso (ee1f88)

  7. geee… if i *had* a j*b, and maybe some disposable income, i could donate too.

    Thanks Obola!

    redc1c4 (dab236)

  8. No cash for any politician. His message should trump money.

    mg (31009b)

  9. I plan on contributing after I get to a secure location. Thanks, patterico, this is helpful.

    felipe (b5e0f4)

  10. Count me in. Early contributions are the most sincere form of support. And they are the most effective.

    bobathome (ef0d3a)

  11. No cash for any politician. His message should trump money.

    mg (31009b) — 3/31/2015 @ 12:20 pm

    Lollipops should grow out of the ground so you can pick them for free.

    Life doesn’t work the way you think it should.

    Patterico (ed63ab)

  12. I like donating to Ted Cruz.

    DRJ (e80d46)

  13. I will work for candidates. Phone work, sign work, drive people to their respected place of voting, I have even smoked pork shoulders for fund raising. I just won’t give a dime.
    And I do agree with you Mr. Patterico – Life doesn’t work the way you think it should.

    mg (31009b)

  14. I sent the man a few bucks. Do the same. Anything I can do to discourage Bush, Christie, Graham, and a host of other VichyGOP candidates will be well worth it.

    WarEagle82 (d35bad)

  15. mg,

    To each his own. Working for a candidate is good.

    Patterico (ed63ab)

  16. But don’t kid yourself: at this point money = credibility, in the eyes of nitwits to be sure — but nitwits who need to be convinced.

    Patterico (ed63ab)

  17. Certain times call for evaluation, I reckon. I will send him a c note this a.m. Mr. Cruz has convinced me that these times need specific measures taken to stop the bleeding of a once stable nation. I’m in, Mr. Patterico.

    mg (31009b)

  18. Awesome, mg. Thrilled to hear it.

    Patterico (e2d5d0)

  19. Maybe the rednecks will donate some of their moonshine money to him! Seems wealth g.o.p. doners haven’t been donating to his campaign and he has to relay on ignorant southern white trash crowed funding.

    truther (d6d442)

  20. Cruz built a database of 1.5 million email addresses of people who “signed” (= gave their email & name) his internet “petition against ObamaCare,” which he never presented to anyone. So there is a significant base of the not overly bright to build upon.

    What does leadership mean to you? A few rousing speeches, poking fingers in everyone’s face you don’t like? Hard to build Reaganesque coalitions that way. But the ravenous do love their red meat, don’t they?

    Estragon (ada867)

  21. Estragon- Rare is how I like it, you can have all the well done political hacks.

    mg (31009b)

  22. truther- white trash only vote democrat, that is how the black devil was elected.

    mg (31009b)

  23. Truther Perry… your pathetically inept grasp of the King’s English is something to behold. Tell (or use those grunting noises you sometimes rely on) the doc your meds have diminished your number of brain cells to single digits.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  24. VichyGOP, I like that. Perfect description.

    #20, hey, that is how Obama won. Do you think any adult with two brains cells voted for him in the Primary? If not for his wins in RED STATES, Obama would have lost by a mile. And he won the Red States Primary Votes by appealing to downtrodden Democrats with vaporware.

    I would suggest Cruz do same if smart. No need to slug out Votes in Red States but go to Blue States and win those Primaries by appealing ti disaffect Republicans who want vaporware too..

    Rodney King's Spirit (d5efc1)

  25. I remind you, Obama won in the early cauci, like Iowa and very few primaries, Hillary won most of those,

    narciso (ee1f88)

  26. Money IS speech.

    Without money, you’re just a guy hoping for the TV gods to swoop down on you with their favor, and this doesn’t happen a lot for Republicans.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  27. Patterico,

    You should donate more. I find close Congressional contests that promise a seat pickup to be satisfying, even if the politician eventually disappoints (e.g. Renee Elmers). I just wish there was something in my home state worth funding.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  28. Used the check feature at the link, to make sure he gets the entire donation.

    Matador (996dab)

  29. Who is your current preference for the GOP nominee, Estragon? Or do you prefer a Libertarian, Green Party, or Democratic candidate?

    DRJ (e80d46)

  30. Estragon thinks only a complete idiot thinks Cruz qualified to be President, so anyone willing to vote for Cruz — like me and Patterico — are “complete idiots.” So I’d like to know who the “not complete idiots” like Estragon believe are qualified to be President.

    DRJ (e80d46)

  31. DRJ–perhaps Estragon will answer, I don’t know. But for what it’s worth if anybody asked me that question today I’d have to say I have no effen idea who I’ll vote for. I envy, even perhaps somewhat admire, those who are so sure both of themselves and of a candidate that they know with certainty who they plan to vote for 20 long months from now. I am just not that kind of voter. I think there are a lot of voters like me, which is why debates and individual candidate’s public reactions to world and domestic events, and appeal are so important. Consistency in both temperament and policy positions over the campaign cycle is also something I watch carefully.

    elissa (501dd9)

  32. That’s why I asked who his “preference” is and also who he thinks is qualified, elissa. I didn’t ask who he plans to vote for. Would you care to answer my questions?

    DRJ (e80d46)

  33. ==Would you care to answer my questions?==

    Uh, no. And that’s why I wrote the comment I did. I’m in the observation and analysis phase. It’s too soon for me to think more than generally about 2016. Way too soon. I suppose I can offer generally that another Bush is not likely to be my preference.

    elissa (501dd9)

  34. “I suppose I can offer generally that another Bush is not likely to be my preference.”

    I’ll go you two or three better, elissa. No Huckleberry, Santorum or Hillary Clinton for me.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  35. I prefer Walker because he’s done a remarkable job of winning in places where conservatives aren’t that numerous. He didn’t just win statewide elections in a swing state, he also won in Democrat Milwaukee County. He’s also shown himself to be a pretty skilled debater. It’s not clear that Cruz is as good as Walker on either score – but we’ll learn about the debating part starting later this year.

    Gerald A (6b504a)

  36. Gerald – as an undergraduate at Princeton Cruz was voted the top speaker at both the U.S. National Debating Championship and the North American Debating Championship, speaker of the year and member of the team of the year. I think he’ll be fine.

    What Walker can’t shake is a decade of supporting citizenship for illegal aliens.

    in_awe (7c859a)

  37. So you can’t even say who you think is qualified, elissa? Interesting. I took you for someone more involved in politics than that.

    DRJ (e80d46)


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