U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany, R-Lafayette. (Associated Press)
Last Modified: Wednesday, July 18, 2012 11:11 AM
The battle for the reconfigured 3rd Congressional District has pitted incumbent Reps. Charles Boustany, R-Lafayette, and Jeff Landry, R-New Iberia, against each other. And Boustany is leading Landry by almost $1 million in fundraising totals.
In the second quarter of 2012, Boustany built up his cash on hand total to more than $1.9 million by raising close to $740,000. Landry increased his cash on hand total to more than $975,000 by raising close to $289,000 in the same quarter.
“I am pleased and thankful for the overwhelming support I’ve received from the people of South Louisiana for this election contest,” Boustany said last week in a news release touting his war chest.
“My campaign received nearly 1,000 donations with the vast majority coming from individuals living in South Louisiana. This serves as evidence of the broad and deep support I am receiving from the large, grassroots coalition we’re putting together.”
“My opponent, longtime politician Charles Boustany, keeps sending press releases touting his campaign fundraising numbers, a large amount of which has come from special interest groups based in Washington,“ Landry said by email Tuesday. “I am happy with the support I am getting from conservative leaders, Republican activists, Tea Party groups and donors from across South Louisiana. My message of refusing to accept special Congressional healthcare and retirement perks while Mr. Boustany’s chose to accept them and allow himself a pay raise is a clear distinction for the voters.“
Individual contributors in Lake Charles to Boustany in the amount of $2,500 included Harold Stream, Wells Watson, Carroll Shaddock Jr., Holly Lawton, James Warshaw and John Condos.
Individual local contributors to Landry included Julie Speights, $2,500; Bengal Supply LLC, $2,500; and Brian Jude Daigle, $500. The open primary election will be Nov. 6.