The Texas Democratic lawmakers who fled the state to prevent the passage of a GOP-backed election reform bill are having their trip to DC heavily funded by Beto O’Rourke’s political action committee — which includes a sizable donation from country superstar Willie Nelson.
O’Rourke — a Democrat who represented Texas in the House until losing a 2018 challenge to incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) — said Wednesday night that his Powered By People PAC had raised more than $525,000 to cover travel, lodging, food and other expenses.
The former lawmaker, who represented El Paso, launched the PAC shortly after his failed 2020 presidential bid.
Nelson and his wife, Anne, were among the donors, giving $5,000 toward the cause.
The group, who flew to the nation’s capital on a private jet, are expected to stay in DC for a month.
With a hotel room for each of them over the course of that time, the final hotel bill will undoubtedly