Democrat Campbell sees fundraising boost in Senate runoff


BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Foster Campbell’s fundraising has spiked ahead of the Dec. 10 runoff, as his campaign is bolstered by Democratic donors from around the nation.

Campbell had brought in $1.7 million for his campaign through Oct. 19 over nearly a year of fundraising — $984,000 from donors and $750,000 in loans. Since then, he’s raised $2.5 million from donors, much of it after securing his spot in the runoff.

The Democratic contender’s campaign finance report, documenting donations and spending from Oct. 20 through Nov. 20, was released late Tuesday by his campaign. It shows $1.4 million cash on hand for the final stretch of the race.

A member of the Public Service Commission, Campbell faces Republican state Treasurer John Kennedy in the runoff. Kennedy is the front-runner, in a state that tends to choose Republicans for federal offices.

Kennedy’s campaign hasn’t publicly released a copy of its latest campaign finance report, despite requests.

Campbell’s campaign said more than 50,000 people and groups contributed in the latest fundraising period, with contributions averaging about $45 each. The report shows donations from across the country, as Democrats have pushed to rally financial support for Campbell, in an election that will settle the last Senate race among states.

“This is a people powered campaign and we’re spending every cent we get focused on issues important to Louisiana voters,” Campbell said in a statement.

 

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