PHOTO: Getty Images
Now playing
03:59
Beto O'Rourke: From rock guitarist to congressman
PHOTO: CBS
Now playing
01:00
Hillary Clinton makes cameo on 'Murphy Brown'
PHOTO: Fox News
Now playing
02:00
Fox gives Trump conflicting advice
PHOTO: CNN
Now playing
03:59
Stelter takes on 'right-wing smear machine'
US President Donald Trump chairs a meeting with administration and state officials on prison reform at the Trump National Golf Club August 9, 2018 in Bedminster, New Jersey.
US President Donald Trump chairs a meeting with administration and state officials on prison reform at the Trump National Golf Club August 9, 2018 in Bedminster, New Jersey.
PHOTO: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images
Now playing
02:34
Trump's tweet on GDP and unemployment is wrong
Now playing
01:30
GOP Rep. stuns hearing with auctioneer voice
PHOTO: Max Pepper/CNNMoney
Now playing
03:39
Exclusive: Is Facebook doing enough to stop election meddling?
PHOTO: CBS
Now playing
01:02
Late night comics take on Woodward's new book
PHOTO: Element Electronics/YouTube.com
Now playing
03:25
US company says it was crippled by Trump's tariffs
PHOTO: Fox News
Now playing
03:21
Trump responds to being implicated by Cohen
PHOTO: NBC
Now playing
01:30
Giuliani: Truth isn't truth
PHOTO: CNN
Now playing
02:36
Brian Stelter: 'Panicking'? Who's 'panicking'?
Former United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara attends the Senate Intelligence Committee where FBI Director James Comey is sent to testify in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill June 8, 2017 in Washington, DC.
Former United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara attends the Senate Intelligence Committee where FBI Director James Comey is sent to testify in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill June 8, 2017 in Washington, DC.
PHOTO: Drew Angerer/Getty Images
Now playing
01:09
Bharara rejects Maher's 'traitor' remarks
PHOTO: CNN
Now playing
01:06
Ex-Fox analyst: Trump is a danger to the US
Now playing
01:08
NYT editor on how Trump is harming the press
Colbert on Omarosa
Colbert on Omarosa
PHOTO: CBS/Spartina Productions
Now playing
00:51
Colbert takes on Omarosa tapes
(CNN) —  

Democrat Beto O’Rourke has sworn off the support of outside groups – including super PACs – in his race to unseat Republican Sen. Ted Cruz in Texas.

That’s not stopping some super PACs, however, from throwing money into a contest that has energized the Democratic base at the thought of turning deep-red Texas blue come November.

This past Thursday, the Democratic Coalition, a liberal super PAC, announced it would be launching an initiative to support O’Rourke’s Senate campaign. After the announcement, the congressman from Texas told CNN, “I’m not interested in the help of any PACs or super PACs, including this one.”

Scott Dworkin, the co-founder of the Democratic Coalition, isn’t concerned that the candidate he supports is explicitly asking him not to get involved, and vows that his organization will push forward regardless.

“Campaigns can say whatever they want, that’s fine, but I mean, we get involved with whatever we want,” Dworkin said.

The impasse highlights the awkward dynamic candidates like O’Rourke who have taken a stand against dark money groups face; they can rail against PAC money on the trail all they want, but they’re powerless to stop the groups from spending money in support of their candidacies.

Under campaign finance laws, campaigns and super PACs aren’t allowed to coordinate directly with each other.

O’Rourke has received nationwide attention because of his stellar fundraising numbers, especially considering he’s running as a Democrat in Texas, where no member of his party has won a statewide race since 1994.

In the first three months of 2018 alone, O’Rourke raised $6.7 million and had $8 million cash on hand, while during that same time period, Cruz raised $3.2 million and had $8.1 million on hand.

In April, Democratic donor Marc Stanley announced he was launching his own super PAC, FTC PAC, which is short for Fire Ted Cruz, to support O’Rourke. And billionaire Tom Steyer has also said he was considering getting his super PAC, NextGen America, into the senate race.

Then, as now, O’Rourke rejected the super PACs’ support.

Since then, Steyer hasn’t taken any public steps towards supporting O’Rourke’s campaign, while Stanley has vowed to move forward.

Dworkin and the Democratic Coalition are taking the latter’s approach..

“It’s a great stance to have, but with half a million members and one of the biggest progressive bases, and having the biggest online operation in the party, I think that we’re gonna support him, no matter what,” Dworkin said.

Dworkin said his group is still planning its budget, so he doesn’t know how much they plan to invest in Texas.

Recently the Democratic Coalition has received criticism because of the high fees the group has paid out to its own staff, including Dworkin.

The group has launched a fundraising page for the race laying out a three-pronged strategy that involves registering voters and getting Democrats to the polls, creating digital ads promoting O’Rourke and criticizing Cruz, and investing in opposition research against Cruz.

O’Rourke is explicit though, that he doesn’t want the help of Tom Steyer, the Democratic Coalition or any other outside group.

“As I said when asked about Tom Steyer’s super PAC, thanks, but no thanks,” O’Rourke said,

“For Democratic Coalition, for Tom Steyer, for any PACs or super PACs considering doing this, we don’t want their involvement. That’s not how we’re running this campaign.”

But Dworkin wasn’t deterred. “If campaigns ever have complaints, we respect their complaints,” he said, but “there’s nothing that he says that can change everything that we’re doing.”