Fax-Net Update: Senate money

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The campaign finance reports are in for the U.S. Senate candidates, and it’s not surprising that the race has gotten into millions of dollars for some candidates.

Remember these figures go through September 30, so there is still the month of October and eight days in November to go. And this is just the primary. There is still a lot of money yet to be raised and a lot more yet to be spent.

Here are the reports from the Federal Elections Commission:

U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany (R)
(His report runs from 1/1/15 to 9/30/16)
Beginning Cash on Hand – $355,517.
Total Contributions – $3,114,326.
Total from PACs – $1,851,384.
Total Loans to His Committee – $0.
Total Receipts – $4,972,586.
Total Disbursements – $4,309,082.
Ending Cash on Hand – $1,030,021.

U.S. Rep. John Fleming (R)
(His report runs from 12/1/15 tro 9/30/16)
Beginning Cash on Hand – $0.
Total Contributions –$1,555,789.
Total from PACs – $177,500.
Authorized Committee Transfers – $1,656,490.
Total Loans to His Committee – $813,735.
Total Receipts – $4,104,157.
Total Disbursements – $3,046,157.
Ending Cash on Hand – $1,057,999.

louState Treasurer John Kennedy
(His report covers 1/1/16 through 9/30/16)
Beginning Cash on Hand – $0.
Total Contributions – $2,483,801.
Total from PACs – $58,900.
Total Receipts – 2,547,579.
Total Disbursements – $1,206,486.
Ending Cash on Hand – $1,341,092.

PSC Foster Campbell (D)
(His report covers 1/1/16 through 9/30/16)
Beginning Cash on Hand – $0.
Total Contributions – $878,973.
Total Loans to His Committee – $750,000.
Total from PACs – $70,567.
Total Receipts – $1,629,779.
Total Loan Repayments – $250,000.
Total Disbursements – $641,379.
Ending Cash on Hand – $988,400.

Attorney Caroline Fayard (D)
(Her report covers 1/1/16 through 9/30/16)
Beginning Cash on Hand – $0.
Total Contributions – $660,404.
Total Loans to Her Committee – $650,000.
Total from PACs – $16,000.
Total Receipts – $1,312,033.
Total Disbursements – $1,112,438.
Ending Cash on Hand – $199,593.

Retired Col. Rob Maness
His report covers 1/1/15 through 9/30/16)
Beginning Cash on Hand – $21,173.
Total Contributions – $612,871.
Total from PACs – $36,000.
Total Loans to His Committee – $50,000.
Total Receipts – $715,344.
Total Disbursements – $535,459.
Ending Cash on Hand – $201,036.

Another poll and Duke

Another poll on the U.S. Senate race has been done. It was an independent poll conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research of Jacksonville, Florida, for Raycom Media.

Here are the results:
John Kennedy (R) – 24.2%.
Foster Campbell (D) – 18.9%.
Caroline Fayard (D) – 12%.
Charles Boustany (R) – 11.4%.
John Fleming (R) – 10.2%.
David Duke (R) – 5.1%.
Rob Maness (R) – 3.4%.

Raycom will use the results to determine who will participate in its televised debate on November 2 to be held at Dillard University. Locally, it will be televised on KSLA-TV.

Candidates must reach a 5% threshold to make the cut. That means this televised debate will include the former Klansman David Duke since he received 5.1% in the survey.

But will Duke participate? It is ironic that the debate is being held at the historically black university. He said he is concerned about security, noting that Dillard has been supportive of Black Lives Matter, which he has been critical of.

If he does attend, and so far he has said he will, it will likely be a media circus and draw more national attention to the Senate race.

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