Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke initially decided to withhold his first-day fundraising numbers, prompting many folks to believe that they were perhaps a bit underwhelming.
Well, O’Rourke’s campaign finally released the numbers and to be honest, they’re actually pretty good. In fact, they’re better than Bernie Sanders’ numbers, which might come as a bit of a shocker.
To top Sanders, whose fundraising efforts had far surpassed the other Democratic presidential hopefuls who’ve officially announced, O’Rourke had to amass more than $5.9 million in just 24 hours. He beat that by a couple hundred thousand dollars.
“In just 24 hours, Americans across this country came together to prove that it is possible to run a true grassroots campaign for president — a campaign by all of us, for all of us, that answers not to the PACs, corporations, and special interests but to the people,” O’Rourke said in a statement released Monday.
To some of his more ardent supporters, O’Rourke’s fundraising totals may not come as much of a shock. Even though Sen. Ted Cruz beat the socks off of him in the 2018 midterm elections, Beto still managed to set a record for fundraising, showing that he has a sizable following and has a real chance at landing the nomination if he continues to trend upward in popularity.
How is O’Rourke faring against others besides Sanders who have tossed their hat in the ring? Well, Sen. Kamala Harris only raked in $1.5 million in donations for her campaign.
O’Rourke has mentioned that he has no interest in using PACs to fund his campaign and is thus relying totally on donors to keep his campaign running. Seems he’s off to a good start.
Source: Daily Wire