Cruz raises more than O’rourke

Se­na­tor raised $2M, to Demo­cratic chal­lenger’s $1.7M

The Dallas Morning News - - Nation&world - By CARO­LINE KELLY Wash­ing­ton Bu­reau ck­elly@dal­las­ Twit­ter: @car­o­line_mkelly

WASH­ING­TON — El Paso Demo­cratic Rep. Beto O’rourke raised $1.7 mil­lion in the last three months for his bid to oust Sen. Ted Cruz. But Cruz kept a step ahead, rais­ing $2 mil­lion from July to Septem­ber. And he has far more money set aside for the con­test.

The ri­vals an­nounced their three-month tal­lies Wed­nes­day.

The haul marks a slight drop from O’rourke’s tally for the pre­vi­ous quar­ter, when he out­raised Cruz, $2.1 mil­lion to $1.6 mil­lion.

The Texas se­na­tor still has more than $6.3 mil­lion in the bank, up from $5.7 mil­lion, his cam­paign said. O’rourke aides say he has about $2.8 mil­lion.

Next Wed­nes­day, the three­term Demo­cratic con­gress­man will seek a boost in Sil­i­con Val­ley, at a fundraiser hosted by Cali- for­nia ven­ture cap­i­tal­ist Ir­win Fe­d­er­man, Re­code re­ported.

Democrats have flocked to the tech hub for years in search of cam­paign cash. Fe­d­er­man do­nated $1,000 to O’rourke in 2015. At­ten­dees will shell out $250 to $5,400 for tick­ets, with higher-pay­ing guests gain­ing spe­cial ac­cess to O’rourke, ac­cord­ing to Re­code.

O’rourke’s cam­paign em­pha­sized that 76 per­cent of his do­na­tions have come from within Texas, and he has not ac­cepted fund­ing from po­lit­i­cal ac­tion com­mit­tees.

Cruz’s cam­paign said that of the nearly 26,000 in­di­vid­ual do­na­tions he’s re­ceived, nearly 25,000 were less than $100, with an over­all av­er­age of $76.

Ste­fano de Ste­fano, who is chal­leng­ing Cruz in the March GOP pri­mary, has raised about $500,000 this quar­ter, his cam­paign said.

Cam­paign fil­ings for the third quar­ter are due to the Fed­eral Elec­tion Com­mis­sion on Sun­day.

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