Tuesday, 03 May 2011 11:09
Louisiana Congressmen, US Senators Report 1st Quarter Campaign Money
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    Members of Congress never stop raising money, particularly House members, who have to run every two years.  Here is a look at campaign finance reports of  area House members and the state’s two senators as of March 31, 2011.  
    The financial information is from the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.

U.S. Rep. John Fleming
    Republican 4th District U.S. Rep. John Fleming of Minden spent $1.8 million to get elected in 2008 after longtime Republican U.S.  Rep. Jim McCrery retired. He put $975,490 of his own money into that race.
    Now in his second term, Fleming is making  progress in paying back the money he loaned to his campaign.
    Since the 2010 election, Fleming has raised $349,631, almost all of it coming from individual contributions.  He has spent $227,133 and has $303,250 cash on hand when you add in the $180,752 he had in  his campaign fund at the beginning of the reporting period.
    His report lists debts owed as $555,600, which means that he has been able to recoup some of his personal money he put into his first race.
U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander
    Republican 5th District U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander of Quitman in Jackson Parish was first elected to Congress in 2002 as a Democrat.  He switched to the Republican Party in 2004.  He is the dean of the Louisiana House delegation.
    He  had  total  receipts  for  the  first  quarter  of 2011 of $119,591.  He spent $86,043.  He has $35,846 cash on hand when added to the $2,298 he had in his campaign fund at the beginning of the reporting period.  His campaign still has debts of $15,000.
U. S. Sen. Mary Landrieu
    Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu is serving her third six-year term and is Louisiana’s senior senator.  She was first elected in 1996 and will be up for re-election in 2014.
    Her campaign finance report through March 31, 2011 shows she raised $106,288 in the first quarter of this year and spent $91,165.      Landrieu currently has $593,700 on hand when adding in the $578,577 she had in her campaign fund at the beginning of the reporting period.
    Since being elected in 1996, Landrieu has raised just shy of $25 million and has spent $23.9 million. The top five industry contributors:
    *Lawyers/Law Firms: $2.9 million.
    *Oil & Gas Industry: $794,844.
    *Lobbyists: $768,852.
    *Real Estate Industry: $746,697.
    *Leadership PACs: $688,000.
U.S. Sen. David Vitter
    Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter was elected to a second six-year term in 2010.  In that race, he spent $12.8 million.
    His campaign finance report through March 31, 2011 shows he raised $308,844 in the first quarter of  this year and spent $335,409.  Vitter currently has $140,201 cash on had when adding in the $166,765 he had in his campaign fund at the beginning of the reporting period.  His campaign has debts of $148,983.
    Since Vitter was elected to Congress (he was elected to the U.S. House in 1999 and to the U.S. Senate in 2004), he has raised $23.3 million and spent $22.7 million.  The top five industry contributors:
    *Health Professionals: $1.1 million.
    *Lawyers/Law Firms: $999,970.
    *Retired-related Industries: $977,572.
    *Oil & Gas Industry: $932,485.
    *Real Estate Industry: $729,927.

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