Beto O’Rourke’s Presidential campaign is in trouble.
The Texas Congressman thought it was smooth sailing into the White House.
But Beto O’Rourke got this rude awakening when one horrible financial scandal reared its ugly head.
“Follow the money” is an old saying that holds true in almost any political scandal.
And now it may ensnare Beto O’Rourke.
Ever since O’Rourke reported raising a blockbuster $6.1 million in his first 24 hours as a Presidential candidate, a target has been on his back.
O’Rourke never received any serious vetting when he ran for Senate in 2018 because he was running against Republican Ted Cruz and the fake news media turned him into a rock star.
But now he’s playing in the big leagues.
And he is running against other Democrats who have their own supporters in the grassroots and fake news media.
So his past campaign finance statements are receiving real scrutiny for the first time.
And what the reports turned up could be troubling.
From 2012 to 2017, O’Rourke’s various campaigns paid over $100,000 to a web development company, Stanton Street Technology Group, that had either been owned by O’Rourke himself or his wife.
The Daily Caller reported, “Beto for Texas paid Stanton Street Technology Group $58,544 during the 2011-12 election cycle, $39,060 during the 2013-14 cycle, $9,290 in the 2015-16 cycle and $32,778 during the 2017-18 cycle.”
In 2017, O’Rourke’s wife sold the company to Brian Wancho, who is now the company’s CEO.
The Daily Caller requested comment from Wancho who agreed to answer questions via email.
The Daily Caller exclusively reports on their email exchange:
Stanton Street declined to make Wancho available for an interview, but Wancho agreed to answer questions via email.
Beto O’Rourke’s presidential campaign — his first campaign since Amy O’Rourke sold the company — is not using Stanton Street, according to Wancho. Wancho said he thought there wasn’t anything unethical about a candidate directing campaign funds to a business they own.
“What would be out of bounds is if the candidate abused the process and over-paid for goods and services just to enrich themself or their family. I expect the combination of campaign expenditure reporting and investigative journalism to work together to root out the situations where the candidate is abusing the system,” he said.
Reporters – as well as O’Rourke’s opponents – will now examine the expenditures O’Rourke’s campaign made to Stanton Street Group Technology with a fine-toothed comb.
If the campaign overpaid Stanton Street – or the company undercharged the campaign – for its consulting services, O’Rourke and Stanton Street would be in violation of campaign finance laws for making illegal in-kind campaign contributions.
O’Rourke may have received a free pass in the 2018 Senate campaign because the left was united against Ted Cruz, but unity is a dirty word in a fractured primary contest where it’s every man for himself.
O’Rourke will quickly find that his former allies in the fake news and Democrat Party will be the first to knife him in the back if they think it will help their favored Presidential candidate win.
We will keep you up to date on any new developments in this ongoing story.