Senate hopeful sets fundraising record
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.