The fundraising numbers for the race to replace Congressman John Fleming in the 4th District are, for the first quarter at least, a Trey Baucum show. Baucum raised more than his two closest competitors, Shreveport City Councilman Oliver Jenkins and State Rep. Mike Johnson, combined.
Dr. Baucum smashed the field by raising $341,300 over eight weeks. All of that money, according to Jeremy Alford, is coming from individual donors. In even more bad news for his opponents, Baucum has retained fundraising extraordinaire Mary Elise Schlesinger of The Bautsch Group to help fill those coffers up more.
Baucum’s Super PAC will also report raising $110,000 according to Alford.
In second place is Shreveport City Councilman Oliver Jenkins. His campaign is claiming that it raised $159,369 for the first quarter. Jenkins also loaned his campaign $100,000. Jenkins in a release is claims that 92% of his money has come from within the district and has gotten more than 170 individual donors. According to the FEC report filed by Jenkins, his campaign has $252,989 cash on hand.
State Rep. Mike Johnson has come in third place. According to sources, Johnson is expected to report raising around $150,000. No numbers are available for Johnson’s Super PAC, which is being run by State Rep. Alan Seabaugh. Johnson, who is widely seen as the Tea Party and religious right backed candidate in the race, is expected to draw from a national fundraising base and will likely receive the backing of numerous conservative organizations.
Attorney Ricky John is expected to report around $66,000 raised so far. No numbers are available yet for former State Senator Elbert Guillory.
We will update this post as we get more information.
UPDATE: 4/18/2016 3:30 PM Dr. Trey Baucum’s report is out. It shows that he has $314,841 cash on hand. A quick scan of his report shows that Baucum is ringing the cash register in the Shreveport and Bossier City area mostly and he’s collecting a lot of 4 figure checks from fellow doctors. Not a whole lot of out of state donors.
Baucum is also spending quite a bit of money too, $28,036.80 so far. Most of that money is for fundraising related expenses (ie. credit card fees and consulting checks to The Bautsch Group).
State Rep. Mike Johnson’s report is also out. He has $141,623 cash on hand and he raised $155,380. Among the donors to Johnson are Louisiana Family Forum President Gene Mills (who surprisingly maxed out), Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, State Rep. Lance Harris, State Rep. Dodie Horton, State Rep. Paul Hollis, State Rep. Julie Stokes, leading Republican donor Lane Grigsby, and former Jindal executive council Jimmy Faircloth. The Family Research Council’s PAC has also given Johnson $3,000. Johnson’s donor base is largely spread out all over the state and by the end of the race, he’ll be drawing from most likely a national donor network.
Johnson has spent $13,756, mostly on his website and media consulting.
Oliver Jenkins’s donor base is largely Shreveport and Bossier City. He has spent $6,129.29 so far, mostly in fundraising consulting fees to Nungesser Consulting, and some printed materials.