Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Raises Thousands and thousands for Texas Beto O’Rourke Launches Wellness Verify Effort – CBS Pittsburgh
HOUSTON (CBSDFW.COM) – Congressman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez raised millions of dollars to help Texas after last week’s deadly winter storm, and former Representative Beto O’Rourke leads the way in reaching those most in need.
According to her spokeswoman, the representative raised more than $ 4.7 million on Sunday evening, February 21. This milestone was reached in just a few hours – the New York representative didn’t start the fundraiser until February 18 and raised around $ 1 million that same evening.
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One final update (I think!): We just raised $ 5 million for Texans across the state.
Thank you EVERYONE for acting together when people need it most.
Charity cannot replace politics, but solidarity is the way we face climate change and build a better world. 💪🏽🌎
Thank you 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/RzdgXllXoS
– Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 22, 2021
The weather event brought extreme cold, ice, and snow to the Lone Star State and caused the power grid, managed by the Texas Electric Reliability Council (ERCOT), to nearly fail – resulting in blackouts and boiling water notifications for nearly half of the state.
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To help even further, Ocasio-Cortez also flew to Houston over the weekend, where she helped with a grocery bank and toured water delivery points and homes damaged by the storm.
Congressmen’s efforts come because Senator Ted Cruz is getting a backlash about flying to Cancun as many of his constituents have been left without electricity or water in the cold. To raise funds, Ocasio-Cortez used Act Blue, a democratic fundraising tool that can create email list services as soon as donations are received.
“I think that’s just something we should do when there is an area in our country that is in need,” she said.
Another Democratic political opponent of Cruz, Beto O’Rourke, also stepped forward to aid those hard hit by the winter storm. O’Rourke operated a virtual telephone bank to contact seniors in Texas and connect them to resources during the disaster.
Okay folks, we have a new facility for volunteers to do door-to-door wellness check-ins in Emory.
North Texas Volunteers, please join us. https://t.co/asjkDkxrp8
– Beto O’Rourke (@BetoORourke) February 22, 2021
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He has launched Wellness Check Canvass efforts in parts of North Texas, Austin, Houston, and San Antonio, sending door-to-door volunteers to contact residents who may need food, water, or assistance with repairs.