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Ted Cruz Hauls in $4.3 Million in First Quarter

Image: NRA Holds Its Annual Meeting In Nashville
NASHVILLE, TN - APRIL 10: Republican presidential hopeful U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks during the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum at the 2015 NRA Annual Meeting & Exhibits on April 10, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. The annual NRA meeting and exhibit runs through Sunday. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)Justin Sullivan / Getty Images
/ Source: NBC News

We have our first FEC filing for a major candidate in the 2016 presidential race: Ted Cruz’s campaign reported raising $4.3 million during the first fundraising quarter (ending March 31). Slightly more than $4.0 million came from individual contributions, while another $250,000 was transferred from another committee.

To put this $4.3 million into perspective, it was reported that several different pro-Cruz Super PACs were expected to bring in $31 million – so more than SEVEN times the amount of money the Cruz campaign raised.

Cruz’s campaign is the first – and only – major one to file, because he launched his presidential bid during the tail end of the first quarter (Jan. 1-March 31). We’ll get the 2ndQ FEC reports for Hillary Clinton, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, etc. by July 15.