The Latest: GOP candidate says he has $10.4M for election
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Latest on fundraising in the Louisiana governor’s race (all times local):
One of Gov. John Bel Edwards’ Republican challengers says he’ll have more money in the bank when the latest campaign finance reports are filed in the Louisiana governor’s race.
Businessman Eddie Rispone’s campaign said Tuesday his finance report will show $10.4 million cash on hand for the period that ended April 5. That’s slightly higher than the $10.2 million that Edwards’ campaign says it will report.
Most of Rispone’s money was transferred from his own bank account, while Edwards’ money comes from campaign donors.
Rispone spokesman Anthony Ramirez wouldn’t say how much Rispone loaned his campaign beyond the $5 million he previously poured to his campaign account. Ramirez says Rispone gave himself another “sizable loan.”
Also in the race is Republican U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham, who hasn’t yet said how much he has in his campaign account.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards entered a three-month fundraising blackout in a strong cash position.
The Democratic incumbent’s campaign told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Edwards ended the latest fundraising period with more than $10 million in the bank.
The Edwards campaign says the Deep South’s lone Democratic governor will report raising more than $2.5 million in the quarter that ended April 5.
His Republican opponents, U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham and businessman Eddie Rispone, haven’t released updated finance figures. The latest reports for the Oct. 12 election are due next week.
Edwards’ cash on hand places him ahead of the $9.5 million that Republican former Gov. Bobby Jindal had at this point of his 2011re-election bid.
Edwards is prohibited from fundraising for three months, because of the legislative session.