Where Beto O'Rourke's contribution bonanza came from

Democratic challenger Rep. Beto O'Rourke reported a record haul of campaign cash last quarter, with donation...

Posted: Oct 17, 2018 12:35 PM
Updated: Oct 17, 2018 12:35 PM

Democratic challenger Rep. Beto O'Rourke reported a record haul of campaign cash last quarter, with donations pouring in from people across the country, as he tries to gain momentum in the Texas US Senate race against Republican Sen. Ted Cruz.

A new CNN poll conducted by SSRS gave Cruz an estimated 7-point lead over O'Rourke as the election enters its final three weeks.

Beto O'Rourke

Campaign finance

Continents and regions

Elections and campaigns

Government and public administration

North America

Political donations and fundraising

Political Figures - US

Politics

Southwestern United States

Texas

The Americas

United States

Ted Cruz

But O'Rourke's enormous cash infusion means he has money to burn in the home stretch. He's already frustrated some anxious Senate Democrats who wanted him to share the wealth and worry that he's pulling funds into Texas that could be used in other, perhaps closer races. Cruz, meanwhile, has argued that O'Rourke wants to turn Texas into California.

Just where did all that money he's raised recently come from? Let's take a look.

O'Rourke raised 38.1 million between July 1 and Sept. 30. He reported individual contributor details for more than $20 million in donations for the third quarter, according to his Federal Election Commission filing submitted Monday night.

He collected an additional $16 million in contributions through ActBlue, a Democratic fundraising site that aids candidates nationwide. Those contributions were not reported with individual donor locations.

The majority of the more than $20 million for which there is data about specific donors came from people in Texas, more than $11 million. But O'Rourke had contributors from every single state last quarter, an analysis of the FEC records shows.

Aside from Texas, Californians and New Yorkers also gave seven-figure sums, and 13 other states also topped the $100,000 mark.

Diving into more localized tallies, the top 20 ZIP codes for reported donations by individuals were all in Texas. Houston and Austin residents led the pack, with several Dallas ZIP codes helping to round out the top tier.

Altogether, residents of the top 100 ZIP codes alone delivered nearly $8 million in combined contributions for O'Rourke last quarter.

Texas accounted for 81 percent of the haul in those top ZIP codes, followed by New Yorkers at 10 percent, and California and Washington, DC-area ZIP codes at just under 4% each.

The most prolific ZIP codes outside of Texas were in New York City and the DC area. Two areas on New York's Upper West Side alone were responsible for more than $200,000 in O'Rourke contributions.

Other non-Texas ZIP codes topping $50,000 each included ones composed of areas such as New York's Chelsea, Tribeca and Carnegie Hill neighborhoods, as well as affluent areas of Northwest Washington such as Georgetown, Kalorama and Cleveland Park, and suburban Chevy Chase, Maryland.

O'Rourke and Cruz are set to go head-to-head in a debate Tuesday night in San Antonio.

Terre Haute
Cloudy
49° wxIcon
Hi: 61° Lo: 36°
Feels Like: 44°
Robinson
Cloudy
49° wxIcon
Hi: 60° Lo: 38°
Feels Like: 45°
Indianapolis
Cloudy
46° wxIcon
Hi: 59° Lo: 36°
Feels Like: 41°
Rockville
Cloudy
47° wxIcon
Hi: 51° Lo: 34°
Feels Like: 41°
Casey
Cloudy
48° wxIcon
Hi: 58° Lo: 38°
Feels Like: 43°
Brazil
Cloudy
49° wxIcon
Hi: 61° Lo: 35°
Feels Like: 44°
Marshall
Cloudy
49° wxIcon
Hi: 59° Lo: 35°
Feels Like: 44°
Showers and possible storms this evening.
WTHI Planner
WTHI Temps
WTHI Radar

Latest Video

Image

Linton Moves into First Place in the SWIAC

Image

Rose Ends Their Regular Season with a Double Header Sweep

Image

Linton Takes Down Shakamak on the Diamond

Image

Loyalty day parade is back

Image

Community service project

Image

Bowling tournament continues

Image

ISU graduation

Image

ISU commencement ceremony

Image

Saturday Evening Forecast Update

Image

Saturday Morning Forecast Update

WTHI Events

 

Illinois Coronavirus Cases

(Widget updates once daily at 7 p.m. CT)

Cases: 1351395

Reported Deaths: 24524
CountyCasesDeaths
Cook54101710035
DuPage898211274
Will74840987
Lake66683981
Kane57921769
Winnebago32808470
Madison30352518
McHenry28331285
St. Clair27722512
Peoria22888300
Champaign20475144
Sangamon18572234
McLean17969178
Tazewell16803280
Rock Island14816307
Kankakee14040208
Kendall1289491
LaSalle12405241
Macon10651197
DeKalb9786119
Vermilion9481131
Adams8391122
Williamson7383129
Whiteside7119170
Boone664472
Ogle605581
Grundy583774
Clinton574890
Coles566194
Knox5509140
Jackson499464
Henry491263
Livingston478684
Effingham471572
Stephenson471081
Woodford470175
Macoupin467181
Marion4456115
Franklin442774
Monroe435093
Jefferson4259120
Lee412852
Randolph412684
Fulton387954
Morgan385781
Logan383757
Montgomery370373
Bureau368482
Christian363673
Fayette316455
Perry315260
Iroquois298566
McDonough280746
Jersey268749
Douglas257935
Saline256153
Lawrence240225
Shelby228637
Union224840
Crawford211426
Bond202924
Cass198224
Jo Daviess180324
Warren178946
Pike178652
Clark178433
Ford177246
Wayne176452
Hancock174831
Carroll174236
Richland174040
White169026
Edgar168539
Washington163625
Moultrie160126
Mason149345
De Witt148624
Clay147943
Piatt147614
Mercer145133
Greene143233
Johnson142314
Wabash134612
Massac133340
Cumberland128919
Menard122212
Jasper114918
Marshall104818
Hamilton83115
Schuyler7405
Brown7026
Pulaski6837
Stark63423
Edwards56812
Henderson52514
Calhoun5162
Putnam4793
Scott4781
Alexander46611
Gallatin4584
Hardin38412
Pope3154
Out of IL00
Unassigned02353

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

(Widget updates once daily at 8 p.m. ET)

Cases: 727764

Reported Deaths: 13397
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion995211738
Lake53461965
Allen40457675
St. Joseph35506550
Hamilton35489408
Elkhart28433441
Tippecanoe22359218
Vanderburgh22284396
Porter18668307
Johnson17905377
Hendricks17180315
Clark12930191
Madison12592339
Vigo12431246
Monroe11858170
LaPorte11821210
Delaware10648185
Howard9865216
Kosciusko9378117
Hancock8251140
Bartholomew8052155
Warrick7771155
Floyd7649177
Grant7027174
Wayne7026199
Boone6679101
Morgan6555139
Dubois6150117
Marshall6005111
Dearborn579277
Cass5788105
Henry5688103
Noble558883
Jackson500872
Shelby490296
Lawrence4505120
Harrison434772
Gibson434692
Clinton427053
DeKalb426484
Montgomery423588
Whitley394739
Huntington389080
Steuben383857
Miami380666
Knox371890
Jasper363847
Putnam358860
Wabash353379
Adams340654
Ripley339170
Jefferson328881
White313254
Daviess295899
Wells291081
Decatur284292
Fayette279262
Greene277385
Posey271033
Scott265453
LaGrange265370
Clay259146
Washington240032
Randolph239781
Spencer232031
Jennings229549
Starke215453
Fountain212046
Sullivan211142
Owen198156
Fulton194740
Jay192530
Carroll188320
Orange182654
Perry182637
Rush172925
Vermillion168543
Franklin167735
Tipton162445
Parke145916
Blackford134632
Pike133234
Pulaski116445
Newton107234
Brown101641
Crawford99314
Benton98414
Martin88315
Warren81715
Switzerland7848
Union70810
Ohio56411
Unassigned0414