Updated at 7:45 p.m.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) has been pilloried for his attempt to use a stopgap budget measure to undermine the Affordable Care Act, a maneuver that set in motion the current federal government shutdown and the crisis in Congress. But his role as a leader of the defund movement has only elevated his standing among conservative activists.
That’s clear in the latest fundraising report filed by his joint fundraising committee, in which Cruz reported raising nearly $800,000 in the third quarter. That’s almost double the amount that the Ted Cruz Victory Committee raised from April 1 to June 30, shortly after it was formed.
The Texas senator brought in additional funds directly through his Senate reelection committee and his leadership PAC in the last three months, giving him a total raise of $1.19 million for the third quarter, according to figures released Tuesday evening by his campaign. That's up from the $1 million-plus he raised in total in the second quarter.
In all, Cruz received 12,000 donations in the third quarter and ended September with nearly $1.6 million on hand.