AUSTIN (April 16, 2014) U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, raised nearly $890,000 in the year's first quarter, which is about half of the amount that poured in after he helped trigger a partial government shutdown last fall.
The tea party darling and possible presidential hopeful has now raised more than $5 million since taking office in January 2013 and has about $2 million in cash on-hand.
The total includes money raised by Cruz's Senate re-election committee, a joint fundraising committee and Cruz's leadership PAC, Jobs, Growth & Freedom Fund.
Cruz announced Wednesday that from Jan. 1 through March, he received 13,668 individual donations, with all but about 650 of them worth less than $100.
In the final three months of 2013, however, Cruz's campaign coffers received about $1.5 million including a bump in donations after Cruz's key role in the government shutdown.