Who is Paying For Texas Democrats’ Trip to Washington?
If you are wondering who is paying for the Texas Democrats stay in Washington to block the passage of the voting bill in Texas, here is the answer.
According to the Texas Tribune, the House Democratic Caucus paid for the two private jets that flew the Texas politicians to Washington.
The caucus has also split costs for food, hotel rooms, and transportation with the Mexican American Legislative Caucus.
Funds from these entities are not unlimited though, so Democrats have started fundraising to finance their decampment.
State Representative Chris Turner of Grand Prairie said that he is confident they would have the finances to stay away till the special session has expired.
“Our commitment in the House Democratic Caucus is that we’re going to stay out until this session is over to kill this bill,” said Rep. Turner during a news conference.
Beto O'Rourke has taken up fund raising efforts to help out the Texas Democrats as they try to kill the bill that will make it harder for all Texans to vote in the future.
O'Rourke's Powered by People group has raised over $500,000 in just two days to help fund the walk out of the Texas Democrats.
“100% of what we raise will go to support them for as long as they need and for whatever it takes to win this fight,” said O’Rourke in a statement.
The House Democratic Caucus by Wednesday had covered the majority of the costs with the airfare expense which the caucus executive director Phillip Martin says was not funded by out-of-state millionaire donors which the House Republicans are alleging.
Rep. Turner said that members "are incurring costs out of pocket, absolutely."