Fresh off his victory in Iowa, Ted Cruz is intensifying his anti-Washington rhetoric, even as his campaign barrels forward fueled by large amounts of cash from the people he claims to stand against. In an email to grassroots supporters sent Tuesday afternoon, Cruz begged recipients to hurry up and send cash to help him fight "the Washington cartel," and he claimed falsely that "I will never get—nor do I want—money from the D.C. lobbyists or the special interest billionaires."
Not only is this not true; it's easy to prove, since Cruz has a well-documented history of bagging money from lobbyists and special-interest billionaires.
For example, during his 2012 run for the Senate, Cruz accepted $125,450 in donations from 92 registered lobbyists (and $21,500 from their family members). We know this because the lobbyists are required to report their donations to political candidates. (A full list of lobbyists donating to Cruz's Senate campaign can be found at OpenSecrets.org, where I used to work.)
Some of the lobbyists Cruz took money from include Eric Ueland and Daniel Meyer of Goldman Sachs (a combined $3,000); C. Boyden Gray ($2,500), whose past clients include Exelon and FirstEnergy; five reps from Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway ($13,750); and Jennifer Gray-Bonnar of Koch Industries ($1,250).