O'Rourke's campaign held a fundraiser this week co-hosted by a political action committee, prompting charges of hypocrisy from Cruz's camp. O'Rourke's camp insist the El Paso congressman has not broken his pledge to not take any PAC money in his bid to unseat Cruz.
Democrats challenging Republican incumbents are doing pretty well this year on the campaign finance front. It's very hard to win a big political race without that kind of success. But money alone is not the key to victory.
Citing "a somewhat complicated and novel fundraising operation not explicitly contemplated by Texas law," the Texas Ethics Commission fined Battleground Texas and Wendy Davis' gubernatorial campaign $3,000 each for late disclosures in 2014.
Monty Bennett has spent generously to help state Rep. Lance Gooden win a Republican runoff for a seat in Congress. The pair own property together and, as a state legislator, Gooden passed special interest legislation benefiting Bennett.
In recent months, U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke has galvanized supporters by posting bigger fundraising numbers than U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz. But a deep dive into the campaign finance reports shows something even more striking: with his recent hauls, O'Rourke has overtaken Cruz in cash raised over the entire election cycle.
Stockman, a Republican who represented the Houston suburbs twice in the U.S. House before losing a longshot bid for the U.S. Senate in 2014, is accused of funneling more than $1 million of charitable donations toward personal and campaign expenses.