MONEY CAN’T BUY ELECTIONS: Mary Landrieu Raked In The Most Cash From Lobbyists Right Before Losing Senate Race

All the cash in the world could not save former Sen. Mary Landrieu’s (D-LA) re-election campaign last year.

New revelations from Opensecrets.org found that Landrieu received more money from K Street lobbyists in the last two months of the 2014 midterm elections than any other Washington politician.

Registered lobbyists threw approximately $81,000 at Landrieu’s campaign, which had been struggling to pick up steam in the Louisiana Senate race against now Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA).

The cash from lobbyists flowed into Landrieu’s campaign after many national Democrats and the Democratic Party seemed to abandon her re-election bid.

Ultimately, Landrieu was defeated by Cassidy in December after holding public office for more than a decade.

Cassidy also picked up support from lobbyists, though not nearly as much as Landrieu. 12 different registered lobbyists contributed $12,450 to Cassidy’s campaign.

Also, Rep. Garret Graves (R-LA), who won Cassidy’s old 6th District seat, garnered $23,000 from registered lobbyists for his midterm run.

Overall, registered lobbyists gave roughly $1.1 million to politicians in the most recent midterm elections, down from 2012’s total which saw $1.5 million in contributions from lobbyists.

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