With early voting in the November general election just over a month away, Democrat gubernatorial candidate Robert “Beto” O’Rourke is courting out-of-state left-wing celebrities and high-dollar donors for campaign donations.

On Thursday, O’Rourke is slated to hold multiple fundraising events in Los Angeles, starting with a lunch held at the home of James Costos. Filmmakers Rob Reiner and Tim Disney are also listed as hosts.

The lunch comes with a steep cost, with individual tickets starting at $2,500 just for entry.

And later this month, O’Rourke will be traveling to New York City for a fundraiser at the home of Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker. The $1,000 tickets are currently sold out, but sponsorships start at $5,000.

Gov. Greg Abbott’s team has taken aim at the out-of-state events, with communications director Mark Miner saying the Los Angeles events are “no surprise given his support for defunding the police, open borders and banning drilling are a far better sell in California than Texas.”

The fundraisers come as recent polling continues to show O’Rourke lagging behind Abbott, even in left-leaning polls.

The election will take place on November 8.

Brandon Waltens

Brandon serves as the Managing Editor for Texas Scorecard. After managing successful campaigns for top conservative legislators and serving as a Chief of Staff in the Texas Capitol, Brandon moved outside the dome in order to shine a spotlight on conservative victories and establishment corruption in Austin. @bwaltens