Tenther Conspiracy Theorist Ted Cruz Rakes In More Outside Spending Than Any Other Senate Candidate

Texas GOP Senate candidate Ted Cruz thinks that Medicaid is unconstitutional. He echoed Gov. Rick Perry’s (R-TX) claim that Social Security is a “Ponzi scheme,” wants to privatize the program and to raise the retirement age. He proposed an unconstitutional backdoor plan to nullify the Affordable Care Act. His first campaign ad touts how he helped Texas kill an undocumented immigrant. And he believes that George Soros and the United Nations are engaged in a giant conspiracy to eliminate the game of golf. Seriously.

So, of course, wealthy Republican donors and corporations love him:

Texas Senate contender Ted Cruz might not be leading in the polls, but he leads in support from independent expenditure committees — not just in Texas, but across the nation.An independent expenditure committee, many of which are known as Super PACs, can advocate a candidate to be elected or defeated as long as they are not in direct contact with the candidate’s campaign.

According to the Federal Election Commission, independent expenditure committees have spent $1,688,649.63 either in support of former state Solicitor General Cruz or in opposition to his Republican primary opponents, mainly Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, the leader in several polls. . . . “He’s once-in-a-generation type candidate for FreedomWorks, for the Tea Party movement,” said Brendan Steinhauser, the director of federal and state campaigns for FreedomWorks, a conservative group, which has spent $95,191.25 in support of Cruz.


It is not surprising to see a Republican like Cruz rolling in cash from Super PACs and other vehicles enabling the very wealthy to buy and sell elections, as these independent expenditure groups overwhelmingly favor Republicans. As of last January, seventeen of the top twenty donors this election cycle were conservatives or Republicans:

Nevertheless, the fact that Cruz appears to be winning the Citizens United lottery nationwide suggests that this kind of spending is particularly beneficial to the most radical conservatives. Admittedly, Cruz’s plans to dismantle much of the nation’s safety net doesn’t really distinguish him among Republicans — congressional Republicans nearly unanimously voted for Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) plan to phase out the Medicare program just one year ago. But Cruz’s penchant for conspiracy theories about evil Soros plans to wipe out our nation’s golf courses marks him as unusually radical even for a Republican senate candidate.