Politics

Beto O’Rourke sets new fundraising record in Texas politics with $27.6 million haul

O’Rourke’s haul came from over 511,000 contributions, with the average donation being $54.

Texas Democrat gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke lets out a yell while speaking during a primary election night gathering with supporters in Fort Worth, Texas, Tuesday, March 1, 2022. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

O'Rourke's haul came from over 511,000 contributions, 98.9% of which came in online, according O'Rourke's campaign. The average donation was $54.

By comparison, Abbott’s campaign said it “nearly” 113,000 contributions. The campaign added that “nearly 86% came from within Texas.”

The most recent fundraising period saw at least two major events that energized Democrats, including the Uvalde school shooting in May and then the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that overturned Roe v. Wade in June. O’Rourke alluded to those events in a statement touting his fundraising.

"We're receiving support from people in every part of Texas who want to work together to ensure our state moves beyond Greg Abbott's extremism and finally leads in great jobs, world class schools, the ability to see a doctor, keeping our kids safe and protecting a woman's freedom to make her own decisions about her own body, health care and future," O'Rourke said in a statement.

This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2022/07/15/texas-governor-2022-abbott-orourke-fundraising-record/. The Texas Tribune is a member-supported, nonpartisan newsroom informing and engaging Texans on state politics and policy. Learn more at texastribune.org.