Campaign finance reports filed Monday show Gov. Bobby Jindal raised more than $300,000 in nine days for his re-election bid.
Coupled with past fundraising drives, the flurry of fundraising in the days leading up to the legislative session gave Jindal $8.8 million to spend on the Oct. 22 primary despite $1 million in campaign expenses between April 16 and July 14.
State law prevents Jindal from raising money during a session and while he is reviewing legislation.
The reports filed with the Louisiana Board of Ethics show the amount of cash candidates had on hand on the 90th day leading up to the primary. They also show how much they raised and spent between at least April 16 and July 14.
So far, no well-financed candidates have announced plans to oppose the Republican governor.
New Orleans businessman John Georges, who ran against Jindal in 2007, earlier had more than $10 million in campaign funds for an unspecified statewide office. He has since removed that money, leaving his campaign account without a balance.
Haynesville schoolteacher Tara Hollis, a Democrat, raised $3,566.83 between Jan. 1 and July 14. She spent $2,399.34, leaving her with less than $1,000 on hand.
Hollis made the rounds Saturday night at a Louisiana Democratic Party dinner. She handed out campaign literature and bumper stickers. She is not drawing large dollars for her campaign.
One of her biggest single contributions came from state Sen. Butch Gautreaux. Gautreaux, D-Morgan City, is clashing with the Jindal administration over the idea of hiring a private company to manage a state employee health insurance plan. Gautreaux, who opposes the idea, gave Hollis $100.
Almost since taking office in 2008, Jindal has focused on his 2011 re-election campaign. He traveled the country raising money.
Even with the constraints of raising money during a legislative session, the governor attracted campaign cash. Money came in from Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and other states.
The Jindal campaign said 64 percent of the campaign contributions reflected in the latest report came from Louisiana residents.
The expense of running that campaign exceeded $1 million over a three-month period.
While Hollis spent several thousand dollars on food, gas, hotels and business cards, Jindal spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on travel, staff, interns, mailings and consultants.
His campaign organization includes a Baton Rouge headquarters with a phone bank and regional offices scattered throughout the state.