WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke is pledging not to take large donations from the fossil fuel industry — an about-face from his star-making run for Senate in oil-rich Texas last year when he was one of the top candidates backed by the sector.
O’Rourke announced late Wednesday that he’d signed a no-donation-over-$200 pledge from oil-and-gas and coal company executives and outside political groups. Environmental activists had long pressured the former congressman to make such a promise.
O’Rourke also said he’d return all donations worth more than $200 from those sectors that he’d received since launching his presidential bid March 14.
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The nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics says that while challenging Republican Sen. Ted Cruz last November, O’Rourke accepted $540,000-plus donations from the oil-and-gas sector, second most of any candidate behind Cruz.
This story has been corrected to show that pledge only applies to oil-and-gas and coal sector CEO and PAC donations above $200, not too all donations from the fossil fuel industry.
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