State Treasurer John Kennedy topped contenders for statewide elected offices, other than governor, in money available for the fall election campaign, according to campaign finance reports filed Monday.
Kennedy reported $3.5 million in the bank for his re-election bid.
Candidates for statewide offices filed reports Monday reflecting fundraising and spending activity since Dec. 31.
The report covers Jan. 1 through April 17 — the 180th day prior to the Oct. 24 primary election.
Campaign finance activity was brisk in the lieutenant governor’s race. The seat is open because Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne is running for governor.
Jefferson Parish President John Young Jr. reported $2 million in cash on hand in his campaign for the No. 2 job in state government.
Young led former Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser who had $1.1 million in his warchest through the latest campaign finance reporting period.
Nungesser also reported repaying $900,000 he had previously loaned to his election efforts. The race is Nungesser’s second run at the job.
Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden trailed with $32,350 in cash on hand. As of late Monday, state Sen. Elbert Guillory, of Opelousas, the other announced candidate had not filed.
During the period, Young raised $320,600; Nungesser, $126,700 and Holden, $15,000. Young, Nungesser and Guillory are Republicans; Holden, a Democrat.
In other filings, Attorney General Buddy Caldwell continued to lag behind challenger former U.S. Rep. Jeff Landry in campaign cash.
Caldwell’s fundraising picked up as the 2015 election year started. Caldwell reported raising $360,000 during the period, with $616,890 in cash on hand.
Fellow Republican Landry has twice the cash on hand, helped by a personal loan to his campaign.
Landry raised $432,085, then loaned his campaign $350,000. The two bolstered his warchest to $1.27 million.
A third candidate Martin Maley Sr., a Baton Rouge lawyer, reported raising $39,000, ending the period with $66,250 in his campaign account.
Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain posted $469,000 in his campaign account.
Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon raised about $60,000 during the latest reporting period, ending with $456,000 available for his campaign. Opponent Matt Parker, owner of a West Monroe car repair business, had $48,800 in contributions. After spending, Parker had $15,700 in cash on hand.
Secretary of State Tom Schedler, a Republican, reported $342,170 in his campaign account. Democratic challenger lawyer Chris Tyson had $98,800.