Rep. Ralph Abraham holds fundraiser for gubernatorial campaign tonight to beef up his war chest

December 27, 2018 - 10:39 am


Congressman and gubernatorial candidate Ralph Abraham holds a fundraiser in Monroe tonight to beef up his campaign war chest, as he attempts to catch up to the at least five million dollars in campaign funds reported by the Edwards re-election campaign earlier this year. 

ULM Poli Sci Professor Joshua Stockley says he’ll need a lot of cash on hand, because this race will be remarkably expensive.

“Former U.S Senator Vitter raised about 11-million in an unsuccessful campaign against Governor Edwards, so he’s going to need at least ten million dollars.”

Baton Rouge businessman and fellow Republican Eddie Rispone has also pledge five million of his own dollars for his own campaign.

Abraham has served for four years in Congress, likely making quite a few deep pocketed contacts. Stockley says there’s a few industries that tend to come in handy for Louisiana Republicans looking to raise campaign funds.

“The oil and gas industry, and the healthcare industry. He’ll also be able to rely on connections he’s made while in Washington D.C.”

Those who donate the 5,000 dollar max to Abraham’s campaign will join the honorific “Abraham’s Aces”

According to his federal campaign finance report, Abraham has $125,000 left from his re-election campaign. Stockley says legally, Abraham can't use money for a federal race in state elections, but there is a way around that rule

“Former U.S Senator Vitter, when he ran for governor, he transferred his money to an independent political action committee, and then that committee spent the money.”

Abraham’s campaign would not be able to dictate how that cash is spent.

Tonight's fundraiser for his gubernatorial campaign takes place at the home of James Moore Junior, a member of the LSU Board of Supervisors.

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