O'Rourke raises record for campaign

O'Rourke raises record for campaign

Step-The campaign of the Senate Democratic candidate Beto O'Rourke announced yesterday that it raised 38.1 million dollars in the last three months, which raised its total to almost 62 million, a huge boost that makes it one of the fundraisers most successful in American politics.

The congressman far surpassed the incumbent Republican senator Ted Cruz, who reported having raised 12 million in the last three months, raising his total for 2017 and 2018 to approximately 28 million.

However, Cruz maintains an advantage over O'Rourke in recent polls, with a new query from Quinnipiac University that finds Cruz ahead of El Paso by nine percentage points.

The cascade of cash prompted O'Rourke to outperform some of the nation's biggest fundraisers, including then-Senator Hillary Clinton of New York, who broke records when she raised nearly $ 52 million for her reelection in 2006.

The money raised by O'Rourke between July and September broke the previous record for a Senate candidate set by New York Republican Rick Lazio, who raised $ 22 million in a quarter during his failed 2000 race against Clinton, according to the Center No Partisan for Responsible Policies.

O'Rourke's nearly $ 62 million in revenue exceeds the amounts received by the 2016 presidential candidates, such as former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, then-New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and the former Governor of Maryland Martin O'Malley.

In a video for supporters on Friday, O'Rourke touted his fundraiser as a sign of strong support for Texas voters who have not elected a Democrat for the Senate since Lloyd Bentsen in 1988.

"We are doing something absolutely historic, not only to make sure we have the resources to participate and win, but also to make sure that democracy is driven by people and only by people," O'Rourke said in a video message on Facebook. .

Mica Mosbacher, a Republican Party fundraiser in Texas, said Cruz's conservative message will triumph over money in Texas.

"O'Rourke could be in the headlines but his message is against the conservative values ​​of Texas," Mosbacher said.

The O'Rourke campaign shared limited information from the fundraising report for the third quarter, which will be submitted to the Federal Election Commission and made public on Monday.

The campaign said its contributions came from some 802,000 donors. Officials said more than half of the money raised in the third quarter came from people in Texas, but did not say how many donors were in the state, and did not provide information on how much cash was left.

O'Rourke's fundraising success has drawn national attention, including Michael Avenatti, the lawyer of adult film star Stormy Daniels, who is involved in a legal battle with President Trump related to the alleged relationship with your client.

Avenatti, who is evaluating a presidential race in 2020 against Trump, encouraged followers on Twitter on Thursday to donate to Cruz's Democratic challenger.

But he was forced to abandon the effort later that day after supporters of O'Rourke and others noted that half of the money would have gone to the newly formed Political Action Committee for Avenatti.

"Divisions happen all the time," Avenatti wrote in a tweet defending his request. "We raised money for Beto today that he would not have received otherwise." (Robert Moore and Michelle Ye Hee Lee / The Washinton Post)

O'Rourke's fundraising success has drawn national attention, including Michael Avenatti, the lawyer of adult film star Stormy Daniels, who is involved in a legal battle with President Trump related to the alleged relationship with your client.

Avenatti, who is evaluating a presidential race in 2020 against Trump, encouraged followers on Twitter on Thursday to donate to Cruz's Democratic challenger.

But he was forced to abandon the effort later that day after supporters of O'Rourke and others noted that half of the money would have gone to the newly formed political action committee of Avenatti.

"Divisions happen all the time," Avenatti wrote in a tweet defending his request. "We raise money for Beto today that he would not otherwise have received otherwise."

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