Michael Avenatti Fundraises For Beto O’Rourke But Half Of The Donations Go To Avenatti

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Michael Avenatti, the lawyer who shot to fame by representing Stormy Daniels in her efforts to expose her relationship with Donald Trump, has now set his sights on politics. He’s openly campaigning for Democratic Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke. That alone isn’t newsworthy. How Avenatti is campaigning, though, has left some questioning his motives.

Avenatti’s fundraising efforts are at the heart of the matter. Avenatti has been using his social media following to urge people to “chip in for Beto now.”  The links he sends direct his followers back to a site collecting funds for O’Rourke’s campaign. Sort of.

It appears that half of the funds collected by the site go directly to “Fight PAC,” which is run by Avenatti.

The tweet, which has been deleted, read: “Lyin’ Ted Cruz is attacking me because I am supporting Beto. Help us send the liar back home to Canada (sorry Canada) – chip in for Beto now.”

— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) October 11, 2018

The link to the donations page, titled “Cruz Attacked Michael. We’re fighting back! #BASTA,” is dead, too.

Cruz was quick to respond.

DailyWire is reporting that “a note before the suggested dollar amount points out that contributions ‘will be divided evenly between Beto O’Rourke and The Fight PAC’.”

Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke serves as the U.S. Representative for Texas’s 16th congressional district, and has since 2013. He is the Democratic Party’s nominee in the 2018 Texas U.S. Senate race, and is running against Republican incumbent Ted Cruz.

“Ted Cruz is in the fight for his political life and the best he can do it lash out at Michael?” the fundraising website read. “We won’t take this sitting down. Chip in a few bucks to help Beto defeat Cruz and let Texas have a Senator they can be proud of.”

Avenatti reportedly launched Fight PAC this past August. The PAC’s goal is to support Democratic campaigns with “the size and the presence to really fight back and advocate from a position of strength as opposed to weakness.”

Like many of these groups, though, exactly how the money is being spent isn’t clear. Avenatti has acknowledged that he’s using the funds to support his travel schedule as he uses his growing influence to help support Democratic candidates.