Most of the campaign finance reports are not public yet, but several of candidates’ staffs already are criticizing their opponents – off the record of course.
The finance reports of only two candidates are available. Four candidates were scolded for being late. Two candidates reported no financial activity. And two others who have told the media they’re running have yet to inform federal authorities.
All of this was fodder for campaign staffers, who spent much of Tuesday trying to plant media stories to disparage their opponents, but refusing to do so publicly: This candidate is self-financing. That candidate didn’t file a report.
Two of the leading candidates for the Louisiana U.S. Senate seat report raising about $1 mil…
The reports were due Sunday. If mailed, they could arrive later, if the envelope has a July 7 postmark. The reports first go to the U.S. Senate then are forwarded to the Federal Elections Commission.
As of 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, only the complete campaign finance reports of Democrat Foster Campbell and Republican Rob Maness have been posted publicly by the Federal Elections Commission. The FEC says it could be the end of the week or even next week before all the reports are available publicly through their website.
The reports filed by Campbell and Maness identify the sources of their money and show where the dollars were spent from April 1 to July 2.
Maness, a tea party favorite from Madisonville, reported raising $156,547, spending $163,392, ending with $206,577 cash on hand. He had outstanding loans of $95,000, according to the report. He has raised $412,261 since beginning his campaign.
Public Service Commissioner Campbell, of Bossier Parish, reported $496,318 in contributions, loaned his campaign $500,000, thereby raising nearly $1 million . His campaign spent $127,984 and has $868,334 ready to spend cash as of July 2.
“Foster has always said he won’t be in anyone’s shirt pocket. He knows there is a lot at stake in this race so it’s no surprise he’s investing personally, alongside our people, in his success,” Mary-Patricia Wray of Campbell’s campaign said in a prepared statement.
Two Republican candidates, Treasurer John Kennedy, of Madisonville, and U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany, of Lafayette, released only the first four pages of their reports. Those are the summary pages but don’t include the details of who gave, when and how much. When asked, neither campaign would not release the full report.
Boustany reported $1.08 million in contributions during the three months of the report. He also shows $2.5 million in cash on hand.
“The Boustany campaign will have the necessary resources to run a first-rate campaign and bring Dr. Boustany’s conservative, results-oriented leadership to the United States Senate.” Jack Pandol, a campaign spokesman, said in a prepared statement.
Kennedy, who also received a FEC letter saying his report was late, showed on the four-page summary his campaign released that he raised $946,083 in contributions, spent $260,284 and had $1.4 million of cash on hand.
Republican Abhay Patel, of New Orleans, who says in a press release that he raised more than $300,000, is listed by the FEC on Tuesday as having no financial activity. Former Republican Congressman Joseph Cao, of Harvey, similarly is shown as having no financial activity.
Democrat Peter Williams, of Lettsworth, and Troy Hebert, of Baton Rouge, running without party affiliation, have not filed anything with the FEC.
The race is to replace U.S. Sen. David Vitter, who is stepping down at the end of his term. The election is set for Nov. 8, with a Dec. 10 runoff if the top two vote-getters if no candidate has more than 50 percent of the vote.