Candidates in governor's race generate big bucks

Candidates in governor's race generate big bucks

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Campaign finance records continue to show David Vitter is the frontrunner for fundraising in the race for Louisiana's next governor.

"You look at David Vitter, the senator has completely rewritten the book on fundraising in Louisiana," said Jeremy Alford with "He has $4 million in his governor's state account. He has a super PAC that has raised 3.9 million, which cannot coordinate with the campaign and then he has a third account, a senate account that he's raising money through and he can't [directly] use that to run for governor but he can dump it into the super PAC."

The PACs or Super PACs stand for Political Action Committees, groups who are basically free to raise money and except larger than normal donations as long as the group does not directly coordinate with a particular candidate.

Alford said this race for Governor could go down in the history books money wise.

"It's hard to imagine that someone like David Vitter, who not only has a super PAC, but he's raising money in a federal account and a state account, isn't going to get somewhere to close to maybe 20 million," said Alford.

"Senator Vitter is the 800 pound gorilla in this race. He's raised the most money," said political analyst Jim Engster. "He's never lost a race. He's got the incumbency of the U.S. senate. If he loses, he's still a Senator. He's got the capacity to raise money and he has done it."

According to the latest fillings, Vitter had about $3.5 million on hand compared to Jay Dardenne, who had about $1.5 million, and Scott Angelle, who reported a little more than $1.5 million on hand. All three men are Republicans.

"Scott Angelle raised 1.5 million in just a three month period," said Alford. "That was a big attention grabber statewide."

The lone Democrat in the race, John Bel Edwards, trails the group with about 1 million.

"We're going to have a sprint rather than a marathon when it comes to the election," said Engster. "The primary is October 24, just over 7 months away, and there isn't a lot of time to make the case. The runoff will likely be expensive, and it will probably be Senator Vitter against one of the candidates which will mean it will be a competitive race. So between October and November, it will get really testy."

Copyright 2015 WAFB. All rights reserved.