Commentary: Beto O’Rourke announced that his grassroots campaign raised more than $38,100,000 in the third quarter of 2018. Powered by 802,836 individual contributions and without a dime from PACs, corporations or special interests, his people-powered campaign has just set a new record for the largest fundraising quarter ever in a U.S. Senate race.
“The people of Texas in all 254 counties are proving that when we reject PACs and come together not as Republicans or Democrats but as Texans and Americans, there’s no stopping us,” said O’Rourke. “This is a historic campaign of people: all people, all the time, everywhere, every single day -- that’s how we’re going to win this election and do something incredible for Texas and our country at this critical moment.”
With a majority of the fundraising coming from Texas, O’Rourke’s historic third quarter was more than three times what Ted Cruz and his affiliated PACs raised in the same three month period. That makes this the sixth FEC reporting period where O’Rourke’s no-PAC campaign has outraised the junior senator. Last quarter, the El Paso Congressman raised $10.4 million, more than doubling what Cruz raised.
O’Rourke has continued to visit every part of the state to meet with those he wants to serve and represent. Following his travels to each one of the 254 counties, O’Rourke completed a 34-day, 7,000 mile grassroots drive across the state to lead open dialogues with Republicans, Democrats, Independents and non-voters alike. O’Rourke then visited more than a dozen college and university campuses as part of his “Fight for our Future” tour to meet with students.
As O’Rourke continues to break fundraising records, he has also built the largest field operation in Texas history. On Saturday, his campaign will launch a weekend of action with the two-day goal of knocking 102,733 doors and making 102,733 phone calls. Today’s fundraising news follows the Cook Political Report moving the Senate race's rating from "Lean Republican" to "Toss Up." Recent polling has also shown a single digit race that is regularly within the margin of error.