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Ted Cruz Implies He Shut Down Government As Fundraising Stunt (Video)

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Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who said Wednesday he would not hold up the vote on the Senate deal to reopen the government, admitted that the whole thing was a success because it built up his fundraising list.

While the GOP approval rating is at an all-time low, the shutdown isn’t hurting Cruz, who raised $1.19 million in the third quarter of 2013, the Washington Post reported.

“We have seen a remarkable thing happen. Months ago when the effort to defund Obamacare began, official Washington scoffed. They scoffed that the American people would rise up. They scoffed that the House of Representatives would do anything and they scoffed that the Senate would do anything,” Cruz said after meeting with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

“We saw first of all, millions of millions of American people rising up across this country, over two million people signing a national petition to defund Obamacare,” Cruz continued.

Two million people actually signed up on a website run by the Senate Conservative Fund, the political action committee than supports Cruz, because they supported his efforts to defund Obamacare.

After signing the "petition" the website asks for a donation.

"We need to expand our grassroots campaign and target wavering senators," the website says. "Please help us win this fight by making a contribution to the Senate Conservatives Fund."

On the right side of the page, signers can input credit card info, and donate up to $5,000. 

While approval for Obamacare has gone up since the shutdown, Cruz’s made nearly twice as much in donations since his second quarter.

Sources: ThinkProgressWashington Post

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