Cruz raises more than O’rourke
Senator raised $2M, to Democratic challenger’s $1.7M
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.