It’s always entertaining to watch political spin on fundraising numbers. But the funny thing about numbers; they don’t lie. Here’s a breakdown of the four gubernatorial candidates.
- David Vitter raised $1.1 million this quarter and has $4.2 million cash on hand.
- John Bel Edwards raised $230,000 this quarter and has $894,000 cash on hand.
- Jay Dardenne raised $518,974.80 this quarter and has $1.8 million cash on hand.
- Scott Angelle raised $622,000 this quarter and has $1.2 million cash on hand.
Edwards continues to lag in fundraising. Yesterday New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced he was not running for Governor, which may help Edwards’ weak fundraising.
Angelle’s numbers would be respectable, except he’s spent like a liberal Democrat. He spent more than $800,000 this quarter – burning through more than he spent.
Dardenne continues to lag behind in fundraising and in polls. He’s currently in third in fundraising behind Vitter and Angelle, and third in polls behind Vitter and Edwards.
The x-factor in the Governor’s race is that the Fund For Louisiana’s Future (FFLF), a pro-David Vitter Super PAC, raised $700K this quarter, more than each of Vitter’s competitors, and has $3.5 million cash on hand. The FFLF has more to spend that the other two Republicans in the race, Angelle and Dardenne, combined.
And if you combine Vitter’s earning with the FFLF – they have combined $7.7 million cash on hand.
It's hard to deny these numbers. Vitter decidedly has the lead in the money game at this point in the Louisiana Governor's race.