Ted Cruz's Democratic challenger is a small-dollars fundraising monster who won't take PAC money


#1

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2017/07/14/sanderism-rises.html


#2

Somehow I can picture this music coming from a glowing red closet in Ted’s basement. With blood dripping from the walls and a chill in the air.

Good luck to Mr O’Rourke. He is going to need it.


#3

I live in Cruz country and I’d like to send some money to O’Rourke? Does anybody know if I can do it anonymously? The last thing I want is to end up on a Democrat donor list.


#4

Because he isn’t taking PAC money, you likely won’t be able to make an anonymous donation. Here’s a good article on how campaign donations work from the NYTimes.


#5

Well that’s a bummer. Another $100 probably wouldn’t make a difference anyway. Texans seem to like Cruz.


#6

I saw him speak in May and he was very engaging, very solidly left (for U.S. values of left). We had a blizzard (yes, in May, in Texas. This is Amarillo) but he had over 350 people in a solidly red district. He stayed to talk and take selfies with anyone who wanted to speak to him and there was a long line.

He came back for the 4th of July and our Indivisible group and the local Dems club went out with him.

He’s coming back in August for a Town Hall (Neither Cruz nor Cornyn have agreed to have ANY town halls during their terms).


#7

Every bit matters, especially in Texas, even if it just makes them pull resources from some other campaign to shore up the Red anchor state. But we do potentially have a Blue majority in Texas if we can get out the Hispanic vote. Once Texas goes Blue, we’ll never have another Republican in the White House. It’s one of the reasons I moved back here.


#8

For the sake of the rest of the country, good luck, and mobilize that vote!


#9

He’ll be played by Hugh Grant in the movie.


#10

That made me laugh out loud.


#11

Yes, the truth is funny sometimes.


#12

The Hispanic vote is usually a red vote in Texas. It’s a very conservative block and looking at the presidential election is going to give you a false sense of hope when it’s not Trump on the ticket.


#13

Ted Cruz looks like Joseph McCarthy but talks like he swallowed a kazoo.

Oh and he’s batshit nucking futs.

Christ, what an asshole.


#14

They’ll likely know that you’re not a Dem usually, based on their mountain of other data collected about you. Could be an interesting data point for others to see non-Dems donating to him, which could mean that your $100 contribution is actually worth more than the face value.


#15

I mostly was just parroting Gilberto Hinojosa, Democratic Party Chair for Texas. The Dems projections looked pretty good, but yeah, it won’t be easy. It’s still the Republican’s race to lose.


#16

I’m not sure how true that is. It may be a more conservative voting block than some others, but doesn’t seem to be particularly Republican leaning. http://www.pewforum.org/religious-landscape-study/compare/party-affiliation/by/racial-and-ethnic-composition/among/state/texas/


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#18

Clearly Clu Gulager would be the better choice.


#19

Fill out the form with as little info as possible, including a burner or bogus email and bogus phone number. All that really matters is that the address match the CC. I started doing that a long time ago and while I do get a direct mailing every few months it’s not much, nobody wants to spend money on postage these days.


#20

It will be a long time before our local southern immigrant population forgets what both Bushs and Perry did for them. But perhaps these polls are right. Not being a pollster, I can only go by what my neighbors say.