Thanks to Citizens United, Ted Cruz Has $51 Million on Hand to Run His Far-Right Campaign
Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz put out surprising fundraising numbers this week, revealing that his campaign raised just over $14 million, with an average donation of $81 from 175,000 individual donors.
This is a sizable chunk of money.
However, this isn't the whole story. Thanks to the Citizens United decision, Cruz really doesn't need to build a big grassroots base. He can float his candidacy with the help of a handful of millionaires and billionaires, who are free to spend as much as they like to promote his run.
Four different outside spending groups combined have raised $37 million, bringing Cruz's total to $51 million. Interestingly, the campaign itself released the super PAC numbers; it hasn't officially filed the numbers yet. This shows how the supposed firewall between these outside groups and the campaign really does not exist. Cruz even appeared at a kickoff event for the four organizations at an event in New York City last month, speaking to just 45 wealthy donors at the Knickerbocker Club, an elite gentleman's club.
This illustrates the world the Supreme Court has given us, where billionaires and corporations can replace the need to build a strong base of support from a large volunteer and donor base. It doesn't matter how extreme you are, you can get by with a little help from your (rich) friends.