Ted Cruz and Mike Lee Launch Joint Fundraising Effort

The two conservative friends will divide proceeds from their “Victory Committee.”

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) (R) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) (L) arrive for a vote October 16, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
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Shane Goldmacher
April 30, 2014, 8:15 a.m.

Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, two tea-party al­lies who were at the cen­ter of last fall’s gov­ern­ment shut­down, are team­ing up to raise money to­geth­er through a new joint fun­drais­ing ac­count.

They cre­ated the Lee Cruz Vic­tory Com­mit­tee last week. Its pro­ceeds will be di­vided between the Texas and Utah Re­pub­lic­ans’ reelec­tion ac­counts.

Lee and Cruz first met at a 2010 meet­ing of the Fed­er­al­ist So­ci­ety in Wash­ing­ton, and Lee was among Cruz’s earli­est en­dors­ers. “Us­ing stand­ard polit­ic­al met­rics, Mike was crazy to sup­port me at that point,” Cruz said last year. Since his ar­rival in the Sen­ate, they’ve be­come fast friends and al­lies as among the most hard-line con­ser­vat­ives in the Sen­ate.

Last week, they made some waves when they posed to­geth­er with a ti­ger pelt. Cruz had trav­elled to a con­ser­vat­ive con­fer­ence in Utah, where both sen­at­ors gives speeches at­tack­ing the fed­er­al health care law. (Twit­ter/@Sen­Ted­Cruz)

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