Louisiana governor candidates ringing bells for campaign donations

    During this season of giving, candidates for the 2019 Louisiana governor’s race are hoping their donors are feeling generous.

    As The Shreveport Times reports, Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards and his Republican challengers—U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham and wealthy Baton Rouge businessman Eddie Rispone—have all scheduled high-profile, high-powered holiday fundraisers. And that doesn’t include the dozens or more calls each must make every day asking for campaign cash.

    Edwards leads the fundraising pack so far. Those within his campaign expect the governor to post $8 million when the next campaign finance reports are due in February.
    Rispone has pledged to invest $5 million of his own money, but that doesn’t mean he’s not asking for others to chip in.

    Last week Rispone supporters, led by Louisiana industrialist Lane Grigsby, who wields great political influence among Republicans, played host to a fundraiser for their candidate at the Renaissance Hotel in Baton Rouge.

    Abraham had a reputation as a reluctant fund-raiser before declaring for the race this month, but his campaign staff said the congressman made 100 calls to potential donors on the first day he announced.

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