U.S. Sen. David Vitter will soon report to the state Ethics Commission that his gubernatorial campaign raised more than $4 million in 2014. His campaign tells LaPolitics that there’s nearly $3.5 million in the bank and that 88 percent was collected from 2,500 Louisiana donors.
Sources close to the Fund for Louisiana’s Future, the super PAC backing Vitter’s bid, added that a new report for their efforts is being filed on the federal level Tuesday. The super PAC will report raising $3.9 million so far, with $3 million in the bank. Out of all its contributors, 71 percent are from Louisiana.
Vitter’s Senate campaign account, which cannot be used for running for office in Louisiana, has so far donated $840,000 to the super PAC.
“I’ve been incredibly honored and humbled by the support we’ve been receiving since my announcement,” Vitter said in his prepared statement. “Louisiana faces a number of challenges, and I’m excited to meet them head on. This outpouring of support is incredibly encouraging as we tackle these issues with Louisiana common sense.”
While Vitter raised the money through his state account over the course of four quarters in 2014, Public Service Commission Scott Angelle told LaPolitics last week that he raised $1.5 million alone in the final quarter, after announcing in October.
State Rep. John Bel Edwards, the only declared Democrat, says he has raised about $1 million since announcing, while Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne has yet to reveal his fundraising.
Dardenne, reached for comment Tuesday, suggested Vitter is running a DC campaign for Louisiana voters. "Even his fried chicken comes from Washington," Dardenne said, referring to his planned Popeyes fundraiser with U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy.