Editor's note: This story was first published June 21, 2016
Donald Trump’s campaign has been good news for at least one Louisiana-based business.
According to the latest presidential campaign finance reports out this week, the presumptive Republican nominee’s campaign has plucked down $4.7 million on hats and T-shirts from Ace Specialties in Lafayette.
That’s right. The now iconic “Make America Great Again” hats are products of Louisiana.
Ace founder Christl Mahfouz, a graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, also serves on the board of directors for the Eric Trump Foundation, according to the Foundation’s website. Ace, which sells safety products and work gear on top of promotional materials, is even listed as an official point of contact for the Trump for President store.
The latest campaign finance report also shows that Trump’s campaign has been paying $215 a month for a unit at Uncle Bob’s Self Storage in Baton Rouge since February.
Other Louisiana connections revealed in Trump’s latest campaign finance documents include a $14,018 payment to RunRed LLC, a consulting firm that is registered to Trump’s former Louisiana state director Ryan Lambert, who previously worked on campaigns for Republicans Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser and U.S. Rep. Garret Graves, of Baton Rouge. Lambert, according to his LinkedIn profile, has since been promoted to Trump’s deputy national field director. Previous payments to RunRed have totaled $28,427 this year.
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Separately, the campaign paid $5,000 for “ballot access consulting” at the end of May to Red November LLC, a company that is registered with the Secretary of State’s Office in the name of Kyle Ruckert, a longtime aide to U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-La., and most recently manager of Vitter’s gubernatorial campaign. The Trump campaign paid the same amount to Red November in April, records show.
Most of Democratic presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign expenses in Louisiana have gone toward travel and event planning efforts, including paying for Congressman Cedric Richmond’s travel to a campaign event.
Clinton’s campaign has raised about $300,000 from Louisiana donors over the past two years, while Trump has taken in about $100,000 from Louisiana-based supporters, the records show.
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