Cruz outspending other senators on Facebook ads: report

Cruz outspending other senators on Facebook ads: report
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Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzBiden tries to erase Trump's 'America First' on world stage Cotton, Pentagon chief tangle over diversity training in military GOP senators press Justice Department to compare protest arrests to Capitol riot MORE (R-Texas) has spent more money on Facebook advertising than all but one of his Senate colleagues over the past two months, according to a Politico analysis of Facebook advertising disclosures.

Cruz has spent more than $240,000 on Facebook advertising since March, when the social media platform lifted its ban on political ads which was initially put in place around the general election.

The only sitting senator who has put more money into Facebook advertising, according to Politico, is Sen. Raphael WarnockRaphael WarnockWhy the Democrats need Joe Manchin Bipartisan senators introduce bill to protect small businesses from cyberattacks MLB calls lawsuit over All-Star Game 'political theatrics' MORE (D-Ga.), who has spent $335,000 on ads.


Republicans say, according to Politico, that the fundraising strategy will help the two-term senator raise money online and build a list of email addresses of small-dollar donors.

The cash savings and donor list could benefit the Senator going into his 2024 reelection bid, especially after his 2018 election against former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (R-Texas) stacked up as the second-most expensive race of the midterm cycle after Florida, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

Additionally, the cash and email addresses could be helpful resources if Cruz decides to launch another bid for president in the future, which he previously said he hopes to do.

Cruz’s Facebook ad spending, however, far outpaces other potential 2024 GOP candidates: Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Bipartisan group reaches infrastructure deal; many questions remain Black Republican advocates his case for CBC membership Scott: 'Lot of work left' in police reform talks MORE (R-S.C.) has spent approximately $72,000; Sen. Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyGOP's attacks on Fauci at center of pandemic message Colonial Pipeline CEO grilled over ransomware attack Senate Republicans delaying Biden OPM nominee's confirmation MORE (R-Mo.) spent around $44,000; and former Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceOn The Money: Democrats wary of emerging bipartisan infrastructure deal, warn of time crunch Pence buys .9M home in Indiana Pence to visit Iowa to headline event for congressman MORE’s Great America Committee PAC has only forked over about $42,000, according to Politico.

Scott is up for reelection next year in 2022 and Hawley in 2024.

In April, Cruz announced in an op-ed that he would stop accepting donations from any corporate political action committees. That same month, Cruz's campaign announced that it had raised $5.3 million in the first quarter of 2021.

The Hill reached out to Cruz for comment.