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Beto O’Rourke Fundraising Crashes and Burns in Second Quarter

Beto O’Rourke Fundraising Crashes and Burns in Second Quarter

O’Rourke, along with others, has spent way more than what they brought in during the second quarter.

Yesterday, Kemberlee blogged about 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Julian Castro’s second-quarter financial woes. It turns out he is not the only one.

Robert O’Rourke’s fundraising also diminished in the second quarter as his campaign only brought in $3.6 million.

From The New York Times:

Mr. O’Rourke, who had entered the race in March with the promise of being a top candidate and a financial powerhouse, faltered in dramatic fashion in second-quarter fund-raising, announcing on Monday that he had taken in only $3.6 million. The sum was a fraction of what the front-runners brought in.

In fact, Mr. O’Rourke’s total for the 90-day period was far less than he raised in his first 24 hours as a candidate, when he received $6.1 million.

“We had a lot of that energy early,’’ Jennifer O’Malley Dillon, Mr. O’Rourke’s campaign manager, said in an interview Monday night. “We didn’t have the organization that could capitalize on that. And that’s what we’ve been building.’’

The New York Times pointed out that second-quarter reports have split the Democratic primary “into clear tiers.” Only former Vice President Joe Biden, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and Senators Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren raised at least $10 million.

Sen. Cory Booker raised $4.5 million while Sen. Amy Klobuchar pulled in $3.9 million.

The bottom of the lower tier: Washington Gov. Jay Inslee ($3 million), Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand ($2.3 million), and former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper ($1.5 million).

Those three along with Booker, Klobuchar, and O’Rourke spent more than what their campaigns brought in.

Democratic strategist Andrew Feldman described these numbers as a “doomsday scenario” for the campaigns. While the left screams for money out of politics Feldman reminded them that they cannot “build an operation that turns enthusiasm into votes without having resources to do it.”

Mathew Littman, another Democratic strategist, echoed Feldman’s thoughts since without money, “you’re not going to have the infrastructure” to have your campaign “break through” from the others.

Duh. Since the top five brought in so much money they led the pack with the most spending because they have money in the bank. Luckily for Buttigieg he has $22.7 million on hand, second only to Sanders.

Can the lower tier candidate’s campaigns come out alive? It is possible, but not likely. The late Sen. John McCain almost “ran out of money” in 2008 and he became the GOP presidential candidate.


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So what? He has rich in-laws. O’Rourke’s real problem is that he is a white hetero male running for the nomination of a party that hates white hetero males.

    Well, he “identifies” as Hispanic, and I’ll bet he would hold a trouser snake in his mouth long enough for a photo-op if he thought it would get votes.

      The MSM/DNC axis was willing to play along last year with O’Rourke pretending to be Hispanic when there was the chance he might snag Cruz’s Senate seat.

      But in the Democrat Presidential primary? Against privileged ultra-rich Official Minority Victims (TM) of discrimination like Harris, Buttigieg, Booker, Castro, and Warren? No way Jose! Adios, Beto.

Halcyon Daze | July 16, 2019 at 1:26 pm

Beto? No, Bobi Fran.

IneedAhaircut | July 16, 2019 at 2:18 pm

Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren and Kamila Harris are the logical long-term leaders in this pack. Sanders is too old and yesterday’s news, so I think his crowd will move to someone else by the end of the year. One or two more might make it into the top tier for a few months, but the news media will force the focus on no more than 2 or 3 by the start of 2020.

Several of the others (Booker, Castro, Beto and even Pete B.) are really running to be the VP pick or to get a future cabinet post and will try and stay in as long as possible, without causing too much trouble for the eventual nominee.

    Bernie is too old but Biden is not? He’s had dementia for years! And Warren isn’t exactly a spring chicken you know. It’s been a very long time since she left her tribe!

    Arminius in reply to IneedAhaircut. | July 16, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    “Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren and Kamila Harris are the logical long-term leaders in this pack?”

    The only thing that makes Biden stand out from the other two is that he promises, “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan.”

    So he’s running on recycled Obamacare lies. Memo to Joey: Obamacare v1.0 destroyed the plan I liked.

    The other two promise to eliminate private insurance altogether and going to the pure Soviet/Cuban system. Where you have no options but to go to a clinic that has no medicine so you have to have someone buy what you need on the black market. They also have to bring you food as the clinic won’t feed you. And you have to bribe your doctor if you expect him to get off his @$$ and do any work.


    Other than that Harris and Warren are running on a platform that is aimed more at appealing to Mexicans and Central Americans than U.S. citizens.

    Immigration laws? What are those? They’re going to turn America into a giant, unfenced open air welfare benefits booth while the rest of us have to give them our wallets and our ATM pin numbers.

I am always left wondering what is wrong with the morons who gave some of these clowns money in the first place. Too many of them were losers before they ever began, your basic non-starter who only wanted the title “former presidential candidate”, today’s politicians trophy for nothing awards.

Thank the Media for pushing too many of these people to think they are more than they are, basically losers that few would consider leaders.

johnny dollar | July 16, 2019 at 4:18 pm

The last election was the “Flight 93” election.

Beta is the “Flight 370” candidate: Missing and not a trace to be found anywhere.

Beto we hardly knew ye.

theduchessofkitty | July 16, 2019 at 4:50 pm

Go to hell, Beto.

You’re a sorry poet and a sorrier politician.

Beto’s latest lunacy – he claims reparations are “personal” because he and his wife are descendants of slave owners:

Well Beto, if it’s so personal, why don’t you and your billionaire’s daughter wife get out your “personal checkbooks” anddonate your money to minority training programs? Oops, forgot you and wifey only donate .3% to charity.

While the left screams for money out of politics Feldman reminded them that they cannot “build an operation that turns enthusiasm into votes without having resources to do it.”

The Left makes government so big and powerful that elections have a huge impact on every American’s daily life, and then complains when so many people run for office and need a lot of money to get elected.

If they seriously wanted the money out of politics, they’d take the government out of everybody’s wallet, kitchen, and garage.

I’m stunned! STUNNED, I tell you, that his fund raising has tapered off so badly.

Francis “beta” O’Rourke seems to have all the qualities the Dems look for in a President. He ate magic dirt in New Mexico, put a green turd on his wife’s plate and told her it was Avocado, cut his “I need to find myself” road trip across America following his loss to Cruz to help his family find a lost pet turtle. Just buy the kid a new damned turtle if it’s so important; but, priorities, he has to appear caring on the campaign trail and unsurprisingly he thought looking like an idiot is how you do it. Apparently donors think so, too.

Then there’s the jumping onto tables and counters in restaurants. Because Dems apparently want to eat some of that magic New Mexican dirt, too, and O’Rourke is a sharing kind of guy.

And now the pandering to the black voters.

See, everything the Dems look for in a candidate. What did he miss? What went wrong?

I know! He could puke into a large glass, then drink it back down. That might turn things around.

    Arminius in reply to Arminius. | July 16, 2019 at 7:54 pm

    If that doesn’t work, I have a few more obvious pandering moves for him. He can say he has just received documents informing him that one of his earlier ancestors was not just a slave owner but a slave trader. This ancestor used to sail between Savannah, GA and the west coast of Africa, bringing hundreds of Africans back in chains.

    And there was the other ancestor who was a notorious Texas Ranger. He used to shoot black people just for fun. Just like the Chicago PD today! So he understands the plight of young black men in the inner city better than any candidate on that stage.

    And when “Killer” O’Rourke wasn’t killing black people for fun he and his outfit used to raid into Kiowa and Comanche villages and kill all the men and boys then rape the women.

    Then promise Native Americans reparations, too.

    Finally, break down and cry.

    I still think the “drinking his own puke” thingy is a good idea because that shows that as President he’ll do anything for this country.

    Arminius in reply to Arminius. | July 16, 2019 at 8:09 pm

    Maybe he could spice up (literally) his turtle story by saying that Arminius is wrong! The couldn’t just buy another turtle. That turtle had been anointed with a bottle of What-a-Burger ketchup in an ancient Mayan ceremony so it was the family’s Spirit Turtle. No other turtle would do.

    It escaped one day when the kids took it out on the back lawn to play with it. The turtle saw its chance, made its break for freedom, and the turtle sprinted off so fast no one could catch it. But not on foot. Nobody could catch that turtle on foot.

    Beto O’Rourke had to use his superpower.

    Gee, all these Dem candidates seem so normal, don’t they?

    As you can see, I don’t want O’Rourke to get out of the race. He may have only raised $3.6M in the second quarter, but that’s still $3.6 he can waste on himself and it won’t go to another performer in this freak show.

    Now, let’s talk about “Mayor Pete” who wants to turn the entire country into South Bend…

Joke’s on you guys…that amount is actually 68,766,840 in Mexican pesos…

Something has long puzzled me: How do so many stupid people have so much money?

Maybe he should spend less time campaigning in Mexico.