JUser: :_load: Unable to load user with ID: 8028

Scalise, Trump, Louisiana LIVE

Monday, 28 April 2014 12:09
Cassidy, Bollinger and Landrieu: the money and commercials talk
Written by 

landrieu-tea-partyA new ad for Mary Landrieu stars the Chairman, President, and CEO of Bollinger Shipyards. In the video, he says: "I have over 3,000 employees, and even though I'm a Republican and don't always agree with her, Louisiana can't afford to lose Mary Landrieu. She's chairman of the Energy Committee, the most powerful position a person can have for Louisiana. It means more boats, more jobs, and more oil and gas."

 Already in 2013, Bollinger announced that he was going to support Landrieu. Then, he said: "Any challenger to Sen. Landrieu will have a hard time building support as more and more prominent business leaders back her. People know that at the end of the day, Mary always fights for our state.” While Landrieu is a Democrat, and Bollinger is a Republican who doesn’t always agree with her, in his own words, his support is not that surprising. In addition to chairing the Senate Energy Committee, Landrieu is a, according to The Hill writer Laura Barron-Lopez, a “pro-fossil-fuels senator [who] is bent on pushing forward legislation that will help Louisiana, and other coastal states, receive revenue from increased offshore development of oil and gas in the Gulf of Mexico."

The good relationship between Landrieu and Bollinger goes further back than Landrieu’s Energy Committee chairmanship and reelection campaign, though. In 2011, Landrieu signed a bill that gave Bollinger Shipyard a $358 million contract to build six new U.S. Coast Guard cutters. In 2012, Bollinger thanked her for this decision that he thought would benefit not only his company, but also Louisiana and the U.S. He also said that Landrieu, at that time chairman of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, was in a unique position of influence, and that Bollinger was "proud to contribute to our country’s safety and security" by building the Coast Guard ships.

While Landrieu, who has been considered to be the most vulnerable Democrat in the U.S. Senate during this election season, is pleased with Bollinger’s support, others are not so happy. According to a NOLA.com article, Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-Baton Rouge), Landrieu’s major opponent in the election, the ad “tells us a lot about how central a role she (Landrieu) believes the government should play in our daily lives.” Furthermore, Cassidy believes that “this is exactly what’s wrong with Washington.” He argues that “we need fairness and a level playing field for all; not a Washington insider’s system, like Senator Landrieu’s, where only those in government and those with enough money are the winners.”

However, some might argue that Cassidy’s response is pure politics.  Cassidy has received $3,507,247 in individual contributions for his campaign; $3,156,402 come from large individual contributions. More detailed numbers concerning contributions to the Cassidy campaign can be seen here. Mary Landrieu’s numbers can be seen here.

Login to post comments
  • Despite 5th plea, Schiff says House Intelligence Committee pursues Flynn's documents
  • Facebook Live: Discuss harm of Trump budget proposal on Louisiana coastal economy, restoration
  • Governor Edwards welcomes Pence with Medicaid, budget, Louisiana coast wishlist
  • World Premiere tonight in N.O. Bilderberg, the Movie

flynn2Despite General Michael Flynn’s announcement via his counsel that the General and former head of National Security, would take the 5th Amendment in Congressional proceedings, the Intelligence Committee will pursue information, regardless.

Read More

560 usgs land loss map 2The efforts to rebuild the Louisiana coast has suffered a major and immediate setback, assuming that Congress goes along with the most recent budget proposal from President Trump.

Read More

penceToday, Governor John Bel Edwards welcomed Vice President Mike Pence to Louisiana as he Veep is attending a event with top Louisianqa Republican officials. Along with the welcome, however, is a wishlist of requests including an item of recent vinctage involving the current Trump budget which tears a hole into the funding for the Louisiana coastal restoration. 

Read More

bilderbergIt is always an honor when a movie premiere is held in New Orleans and tonight is no exception. At 7:30 p.m. Bilderberg, the Movie will premiere at the historic Prytania Theatre, 5339 Prytania Street.

Read More


Sen. Appel talks budget, economy


Dead Pelican

Optimized-DeadPelican2 1 1