O'Rourke raises $4.5 million in third quarter

O'Rourke raises $4.5 million in third quarter
© Getty Images

White House hopeful Beto O’Rourke raised $4.5 million in the third quarter of 2019, a higher haul than he had in the second quarter but behind several of his primary competitors. 

O’Rourke's campaign said the average donation amounted to $26 and that 99 percent of all contributions were below $200 while noting that his campaign did not fundraise around the August shooting in his hometown of El Paso, Texas.

It is unclear how many people gave to the campaign or how much cash on hand he will report to the Federal Election Commission when filings are due later this month.

ADVERTISEMENT

The latest figure was higher than the $3.6 million O’Rourke raised in 2019’s second quarter but well beneath the $9.4 million he hauled in during the year’s first quarter.

“This quarter, we raised $4.5 million—a million more dollars than last quarter—and we did it because of people like you,” he tweeted to supporters. “We did this while not fundraising during the period around the El Paso shooting⁠—because that tragedy wasn't about our campaign, it was about our community. And we've raised over a million dollars this quarter for causes like the El Paso Memorial Fund and down ballot candidates.” 

“Thank you for fueling our campaign—which always has been, and always will be, powered by people. Because of you, I believe we will win the Democratic nomination, defeat President TrumpDonald John TrumpRepublicans consider skipping witnesses in Trump impeachment trial Bombshell Afghanistan report bolsters calls for end to 'forever wars' Lawmakers dismiss Chinese retaliatory threat to US tech MORE in 2020, and bring our country together in 2021.”

Despite O’Rourke’s confidence, his announcement comes as the former Texas congressman struggles to lift his languishing campaign out of the middle tier of most national and statewide surveys.

Meanwhile, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersTrump trade deal likely to sow division in Democratic presidential field Buttigieg says he doubts consulting work for insurer led to layoffs Trump supporters at Pa. rally 'upset' after Democrats introduce impeachment articles MORE (I-Vt.) raked in $25.3 million, Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenTrump trade deal likely to sow division in Democratic presidential field Buttigieg says he doubts consulting work for insurer led to layoffs Trump supporters at Pa. rally 'upset' after Democrats introduce impeachment articles MORE (D-Mass.) brought in $24.6 million and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenRepublicans consider skipping witnesses in Trump impeachment trial Trump trade deal likely to sow division in Democratic presidential field Trump supporters at Pa. rally 'upset' after Democrats introduce impeachment articles MORE raised $15.2 million.

O'Rourke's total also comes behind the third quarter hauls for other middle-tier candidates, falling behind Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisPoll: Buttigieg slips into fourth place as Biden widens lead Yang qualifies for December Democratic debate The media have fallen out of love with Bernie, but have voters? MORE (D-Calif.), Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerTrump trade deal likely to sow division in Democratic presidential field Shooting in Jersey City leaves multiple people dead, including police officer Schumer to colleagues running for White House: Impeachment comes first MORE (D-N.J.) and Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharTrump trade deal likely to sow division in Democratic presidential field Biden narrowly ahead in Iowa as Sanders surges, Warren drops: poll Overnight Defense: Dems unveil impeachment articles against Trump | Saudi military flight students grounded after shooting | Defense bill takes heat from progressives | Pentagon watchdog to probe use of personnel on border MORE (D-Minn.), South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegTrump trade deal likely to sow division in Democratic presidential field Buttigieg says he doubts consulting work for insurer led to layoffs Biden narrowly ahead in Iowa as Sanders surges, Warren drops: poll MORE and entrepreneur Andrew YangAndrew YangYang to launch ad on climate change in Iowa Poll: Buttigieg slips into fourth place as Biden widens lead Yang qualifies for December Democratic debate MORE.

O’Rourke first saw his political star rise on a national level last year after his insurgent Senate bid to unseat Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzBarr: 'I haven't looked into' whether Ukraine meddled in 2016 election Houston police chief excoriates McConnell, Cornyn and Cruz on gun violence FBI head rejects claims of Ukrainian 2016 interference MORE (R-Texas) electrified the Democratic base and raked in a record amount of donations. He ultimately lost by less than 3 points, a narrow margin considering the GOP’s strength in the Lone Star State. 

However, he has struggled to convert that enthusiasm into support for his 2020 bid. O’Rourke sought to reset his campaign following the shooting in El Paso to focus more on gun control and travel outside traditional primary states but has not seen a sustained bump in the polls.