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Monday, 03 August 2015 13:12
Louisiana Governor, Lt. Governor, Secretary of State campaigns money races
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Money in the governor’s race
    They say money can’t buy happiness, but perhaps it can buy an office on the 4th Floor of the state capitol – in other words, the governor’s office.
    Campaign finance reports are in with the amount spent and the amount on hand of the four major candidates in the governor’s race.  Here are the reports, which includes activity through July 16:


Republican David Vitter
    U.S. Sen. David Vitter leads the pack.  So far in 2015, he has spent $942,392.  He has a little more than  $5 million cash on hand.
    He also has a Super PAC – Fund for Louisiana’s  Future – supporting his candidacy.  It has spent $408,210 ao far in 2015 on pro-Vitter ads and has $4.4 million on hand
Republican Jay Dardenne
    Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne has spent $578,341 on his campaign so far this year. He has nearly $1.9 million on hand.
    His Super PAC – Now or Never Louisiana – has spent only $12,898 on pro-Dardenne ads and has $157,327 cash on hand.
Democrat John Bel Edwards
    State Rep. John Bel Edwards has spent $173,977  so far in 2015.  He has $1,071,207 cash on hand.
    Edwards does not have a Super PAC supporting his candidacy, however, Gumbo PAC, an anti-Vitter PAC, has spent $69,887 against Vitter’s candidacy and has $126.600 cash on hand.
Republican Scott Angelle
    Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle has spent $1.8 million on his campaign so far in 2015.  He made a personal loan to his campaign committee of $375,000.  He has $1,041,265 cash on hand.
    His Super PAC – Louisiana Rising – has spent $384,583 on pro-Angelle ads and has $169,734 cash on hand.

Money in the Lt. Gov.’s race
    There are four major candidates running for lieutenant  governor.  Here are their reports through July 16:
Republican John Young
    Jefferson Parish John Young has spent $200,574  on his campaign so far this year.  He has a whopping $2.25 million cash on hand for the stretch run.  His total was enhanced by the transfer of $1.4 million from his Jefferson president account to the campaign for lieutenant governor.
Republican Billy Nungesser
    Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser has spent $392,559 so far this year.  That’s discounting the $900,000  loan  to his committee,which he paid back to himself.  He has since loaned his committee another $500,000 and has $1.64 million cash on hand.
Democrat Kip Holden
    Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden, an African-American Democrat, has spent $29,556.  He has $68,147 cash on hand as of July 16.
Republican Elbert Guillory
    It’s a stretch to call state Sen. Elbert Guillory, an African-American Democrat who recently became a Republican, a  major candidate.  He has spent $29,556 so far on the race and has only $518 cash on hand.

Money in Secretary of State’s race
    The race for Louisiana Secretary of State has been fairly quiet, overshadowed by the races for governor and lieutenant governor.  There are two candidates in the race.  Here are their reports through July 16:
Republican Tom Schedler
    Incumbent Tom Schedler is seeking another four-year term.  So far in 2015, he has spent only $9,375 on his re-election effort.  He has $397,535 cash on hand.
Democrat Chris Tyson
    Chris Tyson, an African-Democrat, has spent $77,543 so far in challenging the incumbent.  He has $79,975 cash on hand as of July 16.

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