The founders of “ZodiacPAC” say they’re creating the group to oppose Cruz and other conservative politicians in Texas who they say don’t represent their values. The PAC filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) on Monday, according to an FEC filing.
The group admits that it doesn’t actually believe that Cruz is the Zodiac Killer — who murdered at least five people in Northern California in the late 1960s — but that the meme is an opportunity for them to highlight Cruz’s qualities and stances.
“The zodiac meme is like a political cartoon for the digital age,” the PAC’s website reads. “It’s outlandish, but it highlights Ted Cruz’s fundamental meanness — someone who cares more about his own ambition and fame than the people of Texas.”
The committee has raised more than $2,000 over the past four weeks through a crowdfunding page.
Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, a Democrat who is challenging Cruz next year, has himself raised more than $1 million online in his bid for the Senate seat.
The meme claiming Cruz is the infamous Zodiac Killer went viral during Cruz’s 2016 presidential campaign. His wife, Heidi Cruz, denied last year that her husband was the serial killer, dismissing the jokes as “a lot of garbage.”