Lafayette City-Parish president candidate Dee Stanley outpaced his opponent Joel Robideaux in 2015 campaign fundraising, but Robideaux started the year with a hefty war chest and so far this year has handily outspent Stanley.
Stanley, who is the chief administrative officer for Lafayette Consolidated Government, collected $288,767 from contributors from Jan. 1 to the close of reporting on Sept. 14, campaign finance records show. Robideaux, who is the term-limited state representative for District 45 in Lafayette, pulled in $215,115 in the same period.
But Robideaux’s campaign started 2015 with $335,076 in the bank, while Stanley had $72,252 at the beginning of the year.
Stanley said Friday that the fact that he outpaced his opponent by more than $73,000 from January to mid-September show he has the momentum going into the last month of the Oct. 24 election. Stanley said Robideaux’s 12 years in the Legislature gave him a fundraising advantage before 2015 started.
“It should be no surprise that a politician raising money for 12 years would have cash on hand,” Stanley said.
Robideaux did not return a call left with his legislative office Friday afternoon.
Campaign finance reports show Robideaux’s campaign has spent $420,575 through Sept. 24 and that it had $129,616 left in bank.
Of the money spent by Robideaux’s campaign, the tens of thousands of dollars went to media buys and consulting services at Lafayette-based Arsemont Media Group and to consultant Hilary Castille. Castille was the campaign manager for Keith Stutes in 2014 in a successful political race against longtime 15th Judicial District Attorney Mike Harson.
Records show the Stanley campaign so far this year has spent $334,916, and that the campaign had $28,813 left.
Stanley’s campaign spent tens of thousands with the Munson Group in Alexandria for consulting and media buys, records show. Stanley also spent $14,000 on Facebook advertising, the records show.
Both candidates are Republican, though Robideaux at the beginning of his legislative career was registered as No Party.
Robideaux in the final term as representative of District 45 chaired the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, which oversees state tax laws and writes Louisiana’s yearly capital outlay budget. Robideaux has worked as a certified public accountant in Lafayette for 25 years.
Stanley was a longtime television reporter and anchor who from 1994 to 2004 was news director for KLFY-TV. Stanley has worked as Lafayette City-Parish President Joey Durel’s chief administrative officer since 2004. He currently is on a leave of absence from city-parish government.
Robideaux and Stanley are campaigning to succeed Durel, a former business owner who after three terms as city-parish president cannot seek a fourth consecutive term.