Politics Matt Gaetz Backs Ted Cruz Rejecting Corporate PAC Money: 'Welcome to the Club'
New Docs Show Matt Gaetz Campaign in Full Damage Control Mode
As Rep. Matt Gaetz combats allegations that he was involved in a sex ring, the Florida Republican’s latest campaign finance report reflects a public relations scramble that began even before he acknowledged being the focus of a federal investigation. The filing, which covers the three months between January and March, shows that Gaetz has incurred unprecedented fundraising expenses during a typically quiet period. In that time, Gaetz dropped six figures on a direct mail blitz, shelling out more for fundraising services than he did in all of 2020.
Rep.has congratulated Senator after the Texas Republican announced that he would no longer accept donations from corporate political action committees.
Gaetz, a Republican who represents Florida's 2nd congressional district, made a similar pledge in February last year, promising to stop taking money from federal PACs.
"I'm fed up. If woke corporations declare themselves the enemies of free enterprise, the enemies of liberty, and if they fight the American people on behalf of the Radical Left, then I don't want their money," Cruz tweeted on Thursday.
Gaetz probe includes scrutiny of potential public corruption tied to medical marijuana industry
Federal authorities are looking into whether a 2018 trip to the Bahamas involving Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz and several young women was part of an orchestrated effort to illegally influence Gaetz in the area of medical marijuana, people briefed on the matter told CNN. © Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP In this Wednesday, April 14, 2021 file photo, Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., questions witnesses during a House Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, in Washington.
"Enough is enough," he added, sharing a video of an interview he gave toBusiness about his decision, which he announced in a Wall Street Journal op-ed.
"Welcome to the club, @TedCruz," Gaetz tweeted later on Thursday.
"Last year, I became the first Republican into swear off all federal PAC money. The American people should be our one and only special interest."
The congressman added: "Thank you Senator Cruz for joining the pledge!"
Cruz and Gaetz are the most prominentto take this step so far, but a record 155 Democratic candidates pledged not to accept PAC money during the 2020 election cycle.
In the op-ed published on Wednesday, Cruz called on Republicans "at all levels" toand suggested that the GOP could refuse to listen to corporations' concerns.
Matt Gaetz launching rally series with Marjorie Taylor Greene
Firebrand Republican Reps. Matt Gaetz of Florida Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia are teaming up to start an "America First Tour" of rallies around the country. © Provided by Washington Examiner The premiere event will be next week, on May 7 in Florida at The Villages, the world's largest retiree playground with a reliably Republican base. “There are millions of Americans who need to know they still have advocates in Washington D.C., and the America First movement is consistently growing and fighting,” Gaetz said in a statement provided to the Washington Examiner Thursday.
He also condemned what he called "woke CEOs" in the wake of corporations' response to. Many large companies, including Coca-Cola and , issued statements criticizing the new rules, which opponents say will limit access to voting and disproportionately affect minorities.
"For too long, Republicans have allowedwith no response," Cruz wrote. "We've allowed them to ship jobs overseas, attack gun rights and destroy our energy companies. We've let them smear Republicans without paying any price.
Welcome to the club, @TedCruz.
Last year, I became the first Republican in Congress to swear off all federal PAC money. The American people should be our one and only special interest.
Thank you Senator Cruz for joining the pledge! pic.twitter.com/8imTrTXs2f
Matt Gaetz associate Joel Greenberg said in a letter that Gaetz paid for sex with a minor
The letter is the most damning evidence to date against Gaetz as the Justice Department investigates whether he broke sex trafficking laws. See more stories on Insider's business page. Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz paid to have sex with a minor, his longtime associate Joel Greenberg said in a letter obtained by The Daily Beast.— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) April 29, 2021
"To them I say: when the time comes that you need help with a tax break or a regulatory change, I hope thetake your calls, because we may not. Starting today, we won't take your money either," he said.
In February 2020, Gaetz told the Conservative Political Action Conference that he would no longer accept donations from PACs. He added that he was "a different kind of Republican" and "the only Republican returning to Congress to make this no-PAC pledge."
Gaetz also likened PAC donations to sex work, saying: "I've never turned tricks for Washington PACs but, as of today, I'm done picking up their money in the nightstand.
"Remember our independence from special interests is our loyalty to America and the America First movement that President Trump began when he came down that escalator, armed with our well-wishes and prayers."
Newsweek has asked Rep. Matt Gaetz and Senator Ted Cruz for comment.
Gaetz and Greene Rile Up the MAGA Faithful With Talk of Guns and Election Lies at Florida Rally .
THE VILLAGES— Supporters of Reps. Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene descended on The Brownwood Hotel and Spa in the Villages, Florida, on Friday night to hear two of the most controversial Republican members of Congress speak—and to presumably find some solace in the fact that even though Donald Trump is out of the White House, his two most zealous disciples are still determined to spread the MAGA gospel. Ahead of the event, some supporters were turned away after the venue reached capacity.