Campaign finance: Edwards and Rispone report almost $10M, Abraham more than $1M

    Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards and Republican businessman Eddie Rispone each have almost $10 million in the bank for the stretch run of the governor’s race, The Daily Advertiser reports, while Republican Congressman Ralph Abraham has more than $1 million to spend.

    All three candidates filed their second-quarter campaign finance reports by yesterday’s midnight deadline with the Louisiana Ethics Administration. There are 90 days until the primary. 

    Rispone finished the period with $9.8 million cash on hand, followed by Edwards with $9.6 million and Abraham with $1.3 million.

    Edwards is the only candidate so far to go up on statewide TV.

    Though Abraham trails Edwards and Rispone in the money race, the congressman from Alto raised the most money during the period—$802,743.

    Rispone raised $277,476 in contributions during the period. Rispone, a wealthy Baton Rouge contractor, has invested more than $10 million of his own money in his campaign. 

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