Jewish Platform Raises Political Dough for Cruz
A group of Orthodox Jews supporting Ted Cruz for president have launched a 24-hour campaign to raise $1 million for Cruz’s campaign on the day of crucial primary contests in Florida, Ohio, Illinois, Missouri and North Carolina.
The campaign “Million For Ted” was posted on the popular fundraising website Charidy.com, a non-partisan corporation that serves as a crowdfunding platform for non-profit charitable campaigns. The goal is to raise at least $250,000 from members of the Orthodox Jewish community sympathetic to the conservative policies of the Texas Senator, which will then be matched 75 percent by the Wilks family. “It’s all or nothing, if we don’t reach one million, all donations will be returned,” a message posted on the site read.
The organization hosting the campaign is called Reigniting the Promise, a super PAC in support of Cruz.
The fundraising platform appears to be a for-profit business that takes a 2.9% cut of funds raised, which is legal under campaign finance laws, according to Paul S. Ryan, deputy executive director of the Campaign Legal Center. The super PAC that receives the contributions will have to disclose the names and addresses of any donor that gives more than $200.
Moshe Hecht, a chief fundraising specialist at Charidy, told Jewish Insider that no service fee will be charged if the goal is not met by midnight (CT).
“Charidy is a bipartisan website. We are not officially endorsing. We are hosting this campaign,” Hecht told Jewish Insider. “There are some Jewish people behind the scenes who want to promote this to the Orthodox community because they feel the community should support Ted Cruz.”
Hecht said that while certain people in the company may have contributed to Cruz’s campaign, this campaign is not an endorsement, adding that this is the first political campaign out of 600 campaigns that the site has hosted so far.
The campaign raised $15,000 in the first half hour (1:30 p.m. ET).