Fax-Net Update: 4th Dist. Money

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One thing is for sure. It costs a lot of money to be elected to office these days. The race for the 4th Congressional District seat is no exception.

There are eight candidates vying to replace Republican U.S. Rep. John Fleming who is running for the U.S. Senate.

They are: Dr. Trey Baucum, a Republican from Shreveport; former state Sen. Elbert Guillory, a Republican from Opelousas; Mark David Halverson, a No Party from Shreveport; City Councilman Oliver Jenkins, a Republican from Shreveport; attorney Rick John, a Republican from Shreveport; state Rep. Mike Johnson, a Republican from Bossier City; attorney Marshall Jones, a Democrat from Shreveport; and Kenneth Krefft, a No Party from Shreveport.

Here are their campaign finance reports through Sept. 30, 2016

Oliver Jenkins (R)
Cash on Hand as of 1/1/16 – $0.
Total Contributions thru Sept. 30 – $396,253.
Loans to His Committee – $400,000.
Total Receipts – $796,253.
Total Expenditures – $209,765.
Cash on Hand as of Sept. 30 – $586,488.

Trey Baucum
Cash on Hand as of 1/1/16 – $0.
Total Contributions thru Sept. 30 – $560,518.
Loans to His Committee – $100,000.
Total Receipts – $669,588.
Total Expenditures – $381,176.
Cash on Hand as of Sept. 30 – $288,412.

louElbert Guillory (R)
Cash on Hand as of 1/1/16 – $0.
Total Contributions thru Sept. 30 – $611,966.
Loans to His Committee – $0.
Total Receipts – $611,966.
Total Expenditures – $$428,897.
Cash on Hand as of Sept. 30 – $183,068.

Mike Johnson (R)
Cash on Hand as of 1/1/16 – $0.
Total Contributions as of Sept. 30 – $475,897.
Loans to His Committee – $50,000.
Total Receipts – $525,897.
Total Expenditures – $153,582.
Cash on Hand as of Sept. 30 – $372,315.

Marshall Jones (D)
Cash on Hand as of 1/1/16 – $0.
Total Contributions as of Sept. 30 – $46,892.
Loans of His Committee – $200,900.
Total Receipts – $247,792.
Total Expenditures – $141,499.
Cash on Hand as of Sept. 30 – $106,292.

Rick John (R)
Cash on Hand as of 1/1/16 – $0.
Total Contributions as of Sept. 30 – 99,717.
Loans to His Committee – $23,300.
Total Receipts – $123,037.
Total Expenditures – $109,364.
Cash on Hand as of Sept. 30 – $13,653.

Appeal Court report
The race for the robe on the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeal is turning out to be an expensive one. Two-term Judge Jay Caraway is being challenged by Bossier-Webster District Judge Jeff Cox.
Here are their campaign reports through Sept. 29, 2016.

Judge Jay Caraway
Cash on Hand as of 1/1/16 – $16,724.
Total Receipts Jan. 1 through Sept. 29 – $224,250 of which $100,000 was a personal loan to his committee.
Total Expenditures – $85,549.
Cash on Hand as of 9/29 – $153,615.

Judge Jeff Cox
Cash on Hand as of 1/1/16 – $24,346.
Total Receipts Jan. 1 through Sept. 29 – $553,094 of which $348,535 were personal loans to his committee.
Total Expenditures – $379,246.
Cash on Hand as of 9/29 – $168,130.

Lou Gehrig Burnett is a seasoned veteran of national and local politics. He publishes Fax-Net Update, a weekly political newsletter.