George Soros, a billionaire, gives Beto O'Rourke, a candidate for governor of Texas, $1 million.

 Breaking News: George Soros, a billionaire, gives Beto O'Rourke, a candidate for governor of Texas, $1 million.

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Beto O'Rourke's campaign to replace Governor Greg Abbott received $1 million apiece from Democratic megadonor George Soros and a couple from the Austin region.


While Texans contributed the Democrat's campaign $14.5 million, nearly half of O'Rourke's record-breaking $27.6 million in donations came from outside the state.


The information was taken from a massive O'Rourke campaign finance report that took several days to post to the website of the Texas Ethics Commission.


A couple from the Austin region and Democratic megadonor George Soros each contributed $1 million to Beto O'Rourke's effort to topple Gov. Greg Abbott.


While Texans contributed the Democrat's campaign $14.5 million, nearly half of O'Rourke's record-breaking $27.6 million in donations came from outside the state.


The information was taken from a massive O'Rourke campaign finance report that took several days to post to the website of the Texas Ethics Commission.


O'Rourke is one of the only Democrats to benefit from the state's lax campaign finance laws this election cycle, which have no donation cap. He received multiple six- and seven-figure cheques, which are typically only collected by the top Republican officials in the state, like Abbott.


O'Rourke received $1 million apiece from Tench and Simone Coxe, a successful Silicon Valley couple who relocated to Austin last year, in addition to Soros. She co-founded the public relations firm Blanc & Otus, while he is a venture capitalist and former GOP supporter. The Coxes invested $100,000 in O'Rourke's fledgling governor's race late last year.


However, the investigation reveals that most of O'Rourke's contributions were little. Seven gifts totaling $100,000 or more were made to him. 62 of Abbott's top contributors each contributed six figures, totaling more over half of the Republican's $25 million haul.


O'Rourke had to follow separate campaign financing laws since he was a federal candidate competing for both the White House and Congress. A person may not give a federal candidate more than $2,900 in a single election. There is no such restriction in Texas.


The American Federation of Teachers PAC and Dallas resident Nancy Sanders each contributed $100,000 to O'Rourke's campaign.


Midland oilman S. Javaid Anwar, a dependable GOP donor who has given the governor's campaign nearly $870,000 since February, was Abbott's top donor. Anwar has been added by Abbott to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board twice.


Others who made contributions totaling $500,000 included Houston Rockets owner and restaurateur Tilman Fertitta, California real estate millionaire Edward Roski Jr., Houston road contractor James "Doug" Pitcock Jr., and Dallas telecom billionaire Kenny Troutt.


Related:Beto O'Rourke raises a record amount of money in his battle with incumbent Gov.


The billionaire philanthropist and bogeyman to ardent conservatives, George Soros, was the target of an immediate attack by Abbott's team over the cheque he received. $18 billion has been distributed by Soros' Open Society Foundations on six continents to advance independent media, public health, and criminal justice systems.


Given their shared support for cutting money for our police, maintaining open borders, and radical energy policies, it is not surprising that billionaire George Soros gave billionaire Beto O'Rourke $1 million for his campaign, according to Abbott campaign spokesperson Mark Miner.


An 18-second digital commercial for Abbott's campaign was released right away and featured foreboding music. The article mentions "liberal billionaire George Soros" and concludes with a video clip of Dr. Evil from the Austin Powers film series, played by actor Mike Myers, stating, "One million bucks!"


The cost of the advertisement deal, according to Miner, is unknown.


According to O'Rourke's campaign, teachers make up the majority of his donor base.


The average donation made by O'Rourke's 511,000 donors between February 20 and June 30 was $54.


The average donation made by Abbott's almost 113,000 donors during that time was $220.


O'Rourke spokesperson Chris Evans claimed in a statement that "Abbott is running a pay-to-play scheme in which nearly two-thirds of the people who gave more than $250,000 to his campaign were his own political appointees."


Nearly 86 percent of Abbott's $25 million take, or $21.3 million, originated in Texas. 52.5 percent of O'Rourke's $27.6 million came from people or organizations based in Texas.


Abbott had $45.7 million in cash as of June 30 after prepaying for about $20 million in advertising throughout the reporting period. O'Rourke had $23.9 million in cash, which was almost half as much.







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