The first quarter 2016 fundraising numbers are out and there are already some surprises. But the one who has raised the most money so far shouldn’t be.
Leading so far is Treasurer John Kennedy. According to the Kennedy campaign, they have raised $817,584 and have around $700,000 cash in hand. In release sent to The Hayride, the Kennedy campaign claims that they have raised 95% of their money in Louisiana and 98% of it has come from individuals. This does not include information from Kennedy’s super PAC which has not reported yet.
The second Republican to report is retired Air Force Colonel Rob Maness. Maness reports raising $300,000. The Maness campaign notes that Maness only raised $100,000 in the first two quarters of his U.S. Senate race in 2014. Andy Surabian, Maness campaign manager, says in a statement that the campaign has overachieved its fundraising goals and that it will have the resources to compete in the crowded race. Maness is expected to draw on the support of numerous outside organizations as well.
So far, Congressmen Charles Boustany and John Fleming have not reported their numbers. However, they’re already sitting on around $1.6 million and $2.2 million cash on hand respectively from their Congressional campaigns.
Over on the Democratic side, Caroline Fayard has raised $343,406. But Fayard wrote her own campaign a check for $150,000. In a release, Fayard reports receiving 97% of her money from individuals and 83% of it from Louisiana donors. Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell has not released his numbers yet.
Libertarian candidate Thomas Clements reported raising or spending $0 in the first quarter. Independent Trumpkin candidate Troy Hebert, who is buying billboards and has a website, has not even filed his paperwork with the Federal Elections Commission.
We will update this post as more candidates report their numbers.
UPDATE: 4/18/2016 12:48 PM As of this update, neither Charles Boustany or John Fleming have released fundraising numbers. It’s safe to say we’re not expecting a large haul from either one, yet. Then again as we noted on Friday, both guys have a substantial cash on hand advantage over their opponents.
Foster Campbell’s numbers are out. The only activity on his report was a $250,000 loan to himself.
We honestly forgot Joseph Cao was running for the Senate as well. He hasn’t released any numbers yet either in any event.
UPDATE: 4/20/2016 1:33 PM Congressman Charles Boustany has now raised the second most money this quarter. He raised $701,705.69 in the quarter. Boustany is also spending money as well to the tune of $446,612.99 in the quarter. Most importantly Boustany has increased his cash on hand to $1.9 million.