Beto O’Rourke spoke to former UBS banker and Democratic mega donor Robert Wolf shortly before launching campaign, while Obama bundlers reaching out to finance industry for him

There’s a lot of buzz about how former Texas Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke brought in an impressive $6.1 million. This is a pretty good CNBC article laying out some clues, given that O’Rourke did not release data on his contributors like other campaigns did.

One of former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s supporters from his 2018 Senate campaign has been reaching out to top Democratic Party donors to see if they will back him to run for president in 2020.

Louis Susman, former U.S. ambassador to the U.K. and a lead bundler for Barack Obama’s first presidential campaign, has been speaking with political financiers from across the country, including those in the financial industry, to see if they will invest in O’Rourke’s campaign, according to people with direct knowledge of the outreach.

The former Obama backer has put together a string of senior party donors who are willing to contribute to the former congressman’s presidential operation, said the people, who declined to be named due to the conversations being deemed private.


Robert Wolf, a longtime party donor and a veteran on Wall Street, spoke with O’Rourke on Wednesday afternoon, he confirmed to CNBC. Wolf would not comment on whether he will support him in the 2020 election but said he was impressed by his initial presidential campaign rollout. O’Rourke had a “great positive message and very smart retail-style politics, where he launches locally in an Iowa coffee shop shaking hands and taking questions.”

On Twitter, Wolf then goes on to praise praise “grassroots donors” from all 50 states, which is probably not what O’Rourke spoke to him about.


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