AUSTIN — Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke passed — and outspent — Gov. Greg Abbott in the last 30-day reporting period, according to information given to the Texas Ethics Commission released Tuesday.
Despite falling behind in the polls, O’Rourke has taken in more money than Abbott for the third consecutive reporting period.
Between Sept. 30 and Saturday, the former El Paso congressman raised $10.5 million, compared to Abbott’s $8.8 million. In a first, O’Rourke spent more during the period – $24.4 million, compared to $20.8 million spent by Abbott.
“We have the support of those in every part of this state who are ready to turn the page on Greg Abbott’s failures and vote for change after eight years of this governor putting his extreme agenda on the people of Texas,” said said O’Rourke. in a written statement.
Spokespersons for Abbott did not respond to a request for comment.
The governor’s race breaks all records for money raised and spent. Since July 1, 2021, Abbott and O’Rourke have together spent $202.5 million, including 65% of the two-term GOP incumbent’s spending. During those 16 months, Abbott raised $82.8 million; and O’Rourke, $76.6 million.
Coming back to a week before his re-election in 2018, Abbott has raised $145 million and spent $161 million. Texas reporting laws do not allow for sharp breaks between different election cycles.
When raising funds, Abbott has few equals among American politicians. He entered the year with $65.2 million in his campaign account.
That would be enough to deter most non-billionaires spying on a governor in the mirror — but not O’Rourke, a solid fundraiser in his own right.
Although he has yet to win an election beyond Texas’ 16th congressional district, where he served three terms, O’Rourke has built a statewide base of small donors that turned into a national staple during his failed challenge to U.S. Senator Ted Cruz. The phenomenon continued during his short presidential campaign in 2019.
Over the past 30-day period, O’Rourke received 237,554 contributions (average: $44), compared to 29,202 for Abbott, whose average contribution was $302, according to O’Rourke’s spokesperson. , Chris Evans.
After a series of million-dollar contributions, neither O’Rourke nor Abbott raised any between Sept. 30 and Oct. 29, according to the ethics commission’s database.
Austin physician-attorney Carolyn J. Oliver, who gave Democrat Wendy Davis $1 million for her gubernatorial bid against Abbott in 2014, paid O’Rourke $250,000, matching to what she gave him in September.
O’Rourke’s other big donors last month were the Texas Organizing Project, a progressive group that gave him nearly $114,000 in canvassing services; the Texas American Federation of Teachers, a teachers’ union that donated $100,000; and civic leader Anne Dobson of Corpus Christi, the daughter-in-law of Whataburger founder Harmon Dobson. She gave O’Rourke $75,000, having already given him $11,000.
Houston venture capitalist Charles W. Tate, long associated with leading Texas Republicans such as former Governor Rick Perry and former Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst, gave O’Rourke $50,000. Prior to founding Capital Royalty, LP, Tate was a partner at Dallas Hicks private equity firm Muse, Tate & Furst.
Abbott received $500,000 each from Midland oilman S. Javaid Anwar, who has given more to Abbott’s political campaigns since the 1990s than anyone else ($6.8 million); Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who also contributed nearly $25,000 to host an Oct. 12 event for Abbott; and Plano billionaire Ken Fisher, executive chairman of Fisher Investments.
Fisher, who is tied for 509th on the Forbes list of the world’s billionaires (reporting $5.3 billion), has now paid $750,000 for Abbott’s re-election since giving 100 $000 in January to the political action committee Defend Texas Liberty. At the time, the staunchly conservative group supported Abbott’s chief GOP foe, Donald Huffines of Dallas.
Abbott also received $250,000 each from five individuals, households or entities – real estate developer H. Ross Perot Jr. of Dallas; freelance artist Patricia Duggan of Clearwater, Florida; Mindy and Jeff Hillebrand of Houston, who have now donated $2.25 million to various Abbott campaigns; Benbrook’s Mayfair Investments in Tarrant County, owned by Robert Albritton, whom Abbott appointed to the board of trustees of Texas A&M University; and Houston-based engineer Jay Graham of Spur Energy Partners, whose cumulative award to Abbott approaches $2 million. Graham is also A&M Regent.
. Beto ORourke surpasses new Greg Abbott so governor Texas beats of records