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Texas Democrats who fled the state in order to block a GOP voting bill may have already raised more than enough funds to cover their expenses.

The political action committee Powered By People, founded by former presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke, raised over $526,000 from over 14,000 individual donors to cover the representatives’ expenses, representatives told the Wall Street Journal.

Powered By People was originally founded in 2020 to support Texas Democrats after O’Rourke dropped out of the race. The PAC was repurposed after Texas Democrats fled the state on Monday to deny the GOP a quorum and traveled to Washington to rally support for federal voting rights legislation. The PAC’s website now calls on donors to “pitch in” so Democrats “have the resources” to “take the fight to the U.S. Senate.”

The $526,000 alone could fund the Democrats’ stay in Washington until the end of Texas’s special legislative session. A rough estimate of the expenses to be incurred by the stay can be found from one Democrat’s plea for donations.

“Every day we are away costs $10,000 for hotel and meals,” State Representative Trey Martinez Fischer wrote in a post pinned to the top of his Twitter feed. “Can you chip in $10 or more to support our fight against voter suppression?”

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