$50M spent on Louisiana governor race, campaign records show
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's most recent governor's race appears to be the most expensive in state history as unfettered spending from outside political groups boosted total campaign spending to $50 million.
The latest campaign finance reports were filed with the state ethics administration office this week.
The reports document dollars poured into the November runoff competition won by Democrat John Bel Edwards, who will be sworn into office Monday, and the campaigns' wrap-up.
The four major candidates who sought the governorship - Edwards, Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle, Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne and U.S. Sen. David Vitter - spent a combined $30 million on their campaign efforts.
Political action committees, newly freed from previous donor contribution limits, pumped another $20 million into activities aimed at supporting or opposing the gubernatorial contenders.