Draft Cruz for President: Super-PAC

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Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas, arrives to the U.S. Capitol to vote on the nomination of Janet Yellen as chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6, 2014.

Backers of  a Ted Cruz presidential campaign now include a super-political action committee.

Draft Ted Cruz for President, which has filed organizing paperwork with the Federal Election Commission, may accept donations in unlimited amounts to promote the  Republican senator from Texas for the White House in 2016.

While it’s not clear yet how active the super-PAC will be, its treasurer, Paul Kilgore, has extensive campaign experience, including work for Newt Gingrich when he was House speaker in the 1990s. Kilgore was the treasurer for a super-PAC that raised $5.6 million to independently aid Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry’s 2012 presidential campaign. There’s a lot of Republican money in Texas.

Cruz has deflected questions about his 2016 political plans while paying an occasional visit to states that will hold early Republican presidential caucuses and primaries. After just one year in the Senate, he’s become well-known in national Republican circles for his vigorous opposition to the 2010 health-care law known as Obamacare. Cruz was among 26 Republican senators who voted yesterday against a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill.

The draft-Cruz committee’s FEC papers identify a website, www.runtedrun.com, that wasn’t live at the time of this writing. The pro-Cruz super-PAC hasn’t returned Political Capital’s request for comment. We’ll update this post if it does.

Ready for Hillary, a super-PAC encouraging former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to run for president, said last week that it raised $4 million in 2013. It will file an updated campaign report later this month.


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