Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne reported $1.5 million in cash on hand for his governor’s race bid this fall.
Dardenne late Friday became the first announced governor’s candidate to file the required annual report with the state ethics agency.
Dardenne’s filing showed cash contributions of $635,530 and in-kind contributions of $39,665 during 2014. His campaign spent $326,051 during the year.
According to the report, Dardenne started the year with $1.2 million and ended it with $1.55 million.
In total, Dardenne reported raising $2.2 million since the campaign began.
Ninety-four percent of Dardenne’s campaign contributions came from Louisiana donors.
“I’ve said before that we need a governor focused on Louisiana solutions, not D.C. rhetoric,” Dardenne said in a news release accompanying the report filing. “The fact that 94 percent of my support comes from right here in Louisiana proves that this will be a Louisiana-based campaign.”
Fellow Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter has said his governor’s race campaign has raised $4 million, and has $3.5 million in cash on hand. According to Vitter’s campaign 88 percent of the money was raised from more than 2,500 in-state donors.
Scott Angelle, another Republican running for governor has announced that he will be reporting $1.5 million raised, with $1.43 cash on hand.
Vitter, Angelle nor state Rep. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, had filed their required reports with the state ethics agency on Friday.
The deadline for filing is next week.