The haul puts the Democratic presidential candidate behind rivals who've chosen to announce their numbers ahead of a Monday deadline. But his campaign says his fundraising has been on the upswing in recent weeks.
Their journey reveals a major fault line for O’Rourke as he transitions from a statewide campaign in which occasional votes with the Republicans can be an asset to a new national playing field where some see those moves as political apostasy.
The presidential candidate is walking a fine line on a tricky political issue. His wife, Amy O'Rourke, once launched a charter school and continues to be an advocate for the controversial education model.
O'Rourke was criticized for signing the "No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge," only to take big bucks from individuals who work in the industry. Now critics say he talks a good game on climate change but needs to put his money where his mouth is.
The former congressman and U.S. Senate nominee held the first of three Saturday launch rallies in his hometown of El Paso, and planned gatherings later in the day at Texas Southern University in Houston and at the Texas Capitol in Austin.
President Donald Trump last visited Texas in February, when he went to El Paso to rally support for a border wall. He's expected to be back in the state for fundraisers April 10, according to people familiar with his plans.