The campaign of Beto O’Rourke has distinguished itself as the most expensive congressional campaign in American history. The west Texas congressman was never noteworthy. Based upon his priorities, he is running to be the third senator from California. What is happening?
It is understandable that Democrats have flocked to Beto. They haven’t won a statewide election since 1995.
It’s understandable that young people have overlooked Beto’s past drug and alcohol abuse.
It’s even understandable that those same young people have fueled a campaign to plant a yard sign in every open patch of grass.
What is not understandable is that, while Beto talks endlessly about rejecting PAC donations, he is accepting millions in funding that is even more shady.
With over $70,000,000 to date, Beto has raised over twice as much as Ted Cruz. About half of his money has come from small donations, primarily a left wing web site called ActBlue. Raising over $30,000,000 in small donations for a state election is roughly equivalent to bicycling to the moon. How did he do it?
Big donations require public exposure, and their size is limited. In this age of electronic transactions, a big donor can remain invisible while writing a $100,000 check. He can donate $100 one thousand times under 1000 different names (fictitious or not). It can be done in just a few minutes. Nobody knows the donor, and Beto can claim that he’s free of the lobbyists.
The Obama campaign pioneered this strategy, and it has been massively successful. Donors don’t even need to be US citizens. Beto is undoubtedly receiving money from the drug cartels who support his open borders position. He may even be getting money from foreign governments which seek to undermine President Trump.
And that’s how you raise many millions of dirty dollars while looking independent and moral. If elected, Beto will serve his donors, and it will not be good for Texas.
Finally, Beto has run the same campaign Barack Obama did in 2008. Lots of feel good platitudes that focus on his celebrity rather than his issues. But the last ten years have changed America and Texas. We’re not as gullible as we used to be. We’ll know for sure in a few days.
As the Democrats sink further into lawlessness and voter fraud, their fundraising totals continue to climb. They have far outspent Republicans in this election cycle. Democrats have become the party of the rich and powerful, and it is likely that the Obama fundraising strategy has become widespread. We’ll talk more about illicit fundraising in future commentaries.
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Commentary by Chad Carnahan