Beto O’Rourke is, himself, a bit of a caricature.
His gaunt visage, coupled with his Obama-esque speech patterns and greying hair convey the image of a young-ish man who, over dinner one day just said “I’m running for President”.
His last campaign, in which he lost to Senator Ted Cruz, was just a taste of the limelight, and his introduction the world of dirty political tricksters and exploitation experts ready to help themselves to all of that leftover Super PAC money come November.
That’s why it was not really surprising to see O’Rourke skateboarding in a Whataburger parking lot on a “viral video” that was likely nothing more than a staged stunt.
Beto’s repeat performance came some weeks later when he actually rode a skateboard out onto a town hall stage when introduced.
These theatrics were meant to make Beto stand out, and he did. Now, after losing his Senate race, he’s running for President.
As it turns out, however, O’Rourke isn’t so different from the Washington establishment as his rock and roll campaign would like you to believe.
The former three-term congressman from Texas who’s now a leading 2020 candidate along with U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., has long been criticized for alleged corrupt practices, including backing a real estate deal in El Paso, Texas, proposed by his wealthy father-in-law.
But according to Federal Election Commission (FEC) records, O’Rourke’s political campaigns since 2011 paid nearly $110,000 to Stanton Street Technology Group, a company founded by O’Rourke in 1998 and later led by his wife Amy Sanders O’Rourke.
The payments to the firm were first reported by the Daily Caller. While such disbursements aren’t necessarily illegal, they raise questions about whether the company charged market value for its services. To do otherwise would violate campaign finance laws.
Maybe it wasn’t the political tricksters who were after the leftover PAC money after all. Perhaps, it was Beto himself.
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