Mayoral candidate and businessman Frank Scurlock poses for a photo at the Aurora Country Club in New Orleans, La. Thursday, July 20, 2017.

Advocate staff photo by MAX BECHERER

Frank Scurlock, the New Orleans businessman who made himself a notable candidate for mayor by lending his own campaign more than half a million dollars, doesn't have much left in the tank.

His latest financial disclosure form, filed late Thursday, shows he has paid himself back about $270,000 of his loan. He has already spent $215,000 and hasn't raised much else, leaving only about $14,500 on hand as of last week.

In an interview, Scurlock insisted that his campaign is still active and noted that some of his advertising buys will run through the Oct. 14 election. He said he took the money out of his campaign to purchase an out-of-town manufacturing business, which he hasn’t closed on yet.

But he also sounded frustrated about how the race has gone thus far, even accusing certain unspecified groups of demanding money in return for endorsements. “They invite you to make a presentation and then you get a phone call saying, 'We want to sell you this,' ” Scurlock said, declining to name anyone in particular.