Opinion: Lou Gehrig Burnett – Campaign Finances

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Campaign Finances

4th District money picture

The money is beginning to flow in the 4th District U.S. House race among those considered the most  viable candidates.
Let’s take a look at the latest campaign finance reports available from January 1, 2016 through June 30 from the Federal Election  Commission.  We  rank  them  in the order of  the most cash on hand.

Oliver Jenkins (R-Shreveport): Cash on Hand as of 1/1/16 – $0. Total Receipts – $502,432 of which $200,000 was a personal loan to his committee. Total Expenditures – $28,091. Cash on Hand as of 6/30/16 – $474,340.

Dr. Trey Baucum (R-Shreveport): Cash on Hand as of 1/1/16 – $0. Total Receipts – $600,773 of which $100,000 was a personal loan to his committee. Total Expenditures – $126,874. Cash on Hand as of 6/30/16 – $473,898.

Mike Johnson (R-Bossier City): Cash on Hand as of 1/1/16 – $0. Total Receipts – $335,720 of which $50,000 was  a personal loan to his committee. Total Expenditures – $84,709. Cash on Hand as of 6/30/16 – $251,010.

Elbert Guillory (R-Opelousas): Cash on Hand as of 1/1/16 – $0 Total Receipts – $100,417. Total Expenditures – $50,335. Cash on Hand as of 6/30/16 – $50,335.

Rick John (R-Shreveport): Cash on Hand as of 1/1/16 – $0. Total Receipts – $84,298 of which $13,300 was a personal loan to his committee. Total Expenditures – $54,734. Cash on Hand as of 6/30/16 – $29,563.

Those are the declared candidates who have filed reports. Marshall Jones, a Shreveport Democrat, who has said he is going to run and is expected to qualify, has  not yet filed any campaign finance reports.

Ken Krefft of Shreveport, a retired state employee, tells the Fax-Net he will qualify for the U.S. House seat as an independent, which is Other/No Party on the ballot.

Other names bouncing around as potential candidates include former Shreveport City Judge LaLeshia Walker Alford (D), attorney Jason Brown (D), community activist Dr. Artis Cash (D), state Rep. Jim Morris (R), and attorney Casey Simpson (R).

However, none of those potential candidates has made an official declaration about running.

Currently, there are 469,942 registered voters in the 4th District.  Of that total, 62% are white, 34% are black, and 4% are other races.  By party affiliation, 45% are Democrats, 30% are Republicans, and 25% are  Other Parties.

U.S. Senate money picture

If past history is any indication, the race for the open U.S. Senate seat in Louisiana will be an expensive one.  Early campaign finance reports seems to confirm that expectation.
Here are the reports for declared candidates from January 1, 2016 through June 30.  They are ranked according to cash on hand.

U. S. Rep. Charles Boustany (R): Cash on Hand as of 1/1/16 – $366,517. Total Receipts – $4,338,914 of which $1,682,483 was transferred in from his U.S. House account, which is permissible. Total Expenditures – $2,188,396. Cash on Hand as of 6/30/16 – $2,517,035.

U.S. Rep. John Fleming (R): Cash on Hand as of 1/1/16 – $0. Total Receipts – $3,224,059 of which $1,656,490 was transferred in from his U.S. House committee. Total Expenditures – $816,628. Cash on Hand as of 6/30/16 – $2,407,430.

State Treasurer John Kennedy (R): Cash on Hand as  of 1/1/16 – $0. Total Receipts – $1,763,667. Total Expenditures – $383,866. Cash on Hand as of 6/30/16 –  $1,384,056.

PSC Foster Campbell (D): Cash on Hand as of 1/1/16 – $0. Total Receipts – $999,217 of which $250,000 was a personal loan to his committee. Total Expenditures – $130,883. Cash on Hand as of 6/30/16 – $868,333.

Attorney Caroline Fayard (D): Cash on Hand as of 1/1/16 – $0. Total Receipts – $1,117,415 of which $650,000 were personal loans to her committee. Total Expenditures – $483,200. Cash on Hand as of 6/30/16 – $634,214.

Retired Col. Rob Maness (R): Cash on Hand as of 1/1/16 – $21,173. Total Receipts – $484,332 of which $50,000 was a personal loan to his committee. Total Expenditures – $298,907. Cash on Hand as of 6/30/16 – $206,577.

Businessman Josh Pellerin (D): Cash on Hand as of 1/1/16 – $0. Total Receipts – $120,269 of which $63,700 were personal loans to his committee. Total Expenditures – $117,965. Cash on Hand as of 6/30/16 – $2,303.

Other declared candidates raised less than $10,000 for the period January 1 through June 30.  They are Democrats Peter Williams, Derrick Edwards, and  Kaitlin Marone; Republicans Joseph Cao and Abhay Patel; and Other/No Party Troy Hebert.

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