Se­nate hope­ful sets fundrais­ing record

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

The cam­paign of Texas Demo­cratic Se­nate can­di­date Beto O’Rourke on Fri­day said it had raised $38.1 mil­lion in the past three months, bring­ing his to­tal to nearly $62 mil­lion — a haul that makes him one of the most suc­cess­ful fundrais­ers in Amer­i­can pol­i­tics.

The three-term con­gress­man out­stripped Repub­li­can in­cum­bent U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, who re­ported rais­ing $12 mil­lion over the past three months, bring­ing his to­tal for 2017 and 2018 to about $28 mil­lion.

The cas­cade of cash pro­pelled O’Rourke past some of the big­gest fundrais­ers on the na­tional level, in­clud­ing then-Sen. Hil­lary Clin­ton of New York, who broke records when she raised nearly $52 mil­lion for her 2006 re­elec­tion.

The money O’Rourke re­port­edly raised from July through Septem­ber shat­tered the pre­vi­ous record for a Se­nate can­di­date set by New York Repub­li­can Rick Lazio, who raised $22 mil­lion in one quar­ter dur­ing his un­suc­cess­ful 2000 run against Clin­ton, ac­cord­ing to the non­par­ti­san Cen­ter for Re­spon­sive Pol­i­tics.

O’Rourke’s cam­paign shared lim­ited in­for­ma­tion from the third-quar­ter fundrais­ing re­port, which will be filed with the Fed­eral Elec­tion Com­mis­sion and made pub­lic on Mon­day.

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