Beto sells an apartment complex to a donor before challenging Ted Cruz
Washington Free Beacon:
Just weeks before Rep. Robert Francis "Beto" O'Rourke (D., Texas) officially launched his Senate campaign, he sold property valued at over $1 million to a wealthy El Paso family that has donated thousands of dollars to his political campaigns.Obviously, El Paso is his base. It is unusual for someone seeking a statewide office to be hundreds of miles away from population centers in Texas such as the Houston area, Dallas-Fort Worth, and Austin-San Antonio. While I like El Paso, it is roughly a day's drive from most of Texas's major cities. O'Rourke is going to have to work hard to expand his financial support outside that area.
O'Rourke, first elected to the House of Representatives in 2012, announced last month after weeks of speculation that he would challenge Republican Ted Cruz for his Senate seat in 2018. The previous month, O'Rourke prepared for the campaign launch by unloading valuable property that his family had owned for more than three decades.
The Imperial Arms apartment complex, owned by O'Rourke through Imperial Arms LLC and valued by him at between $1,000,001 and $5,000,000, was sold on February 27, 2017, according to legal documents obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.
The recipient of the building was Patricia "Isha" Rogers, who has contributed thousands to O'Rourke since his first run for Congress in 2012 and has already given him $2,500 this cycle.
Also contributors to O'Rourke are Rogers's sister Dede Rogers, who has given $11,500 including $5,000 this cycle, and brother Jonathan Rogers, who has given $5,100.
O'Rourke acknowledged his relationship with Rogers as both a friend and donor, but denied that either played a role in his decision to sell her the property.