Boustany Triples Landry in Fundraising as Runoff Looms

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Rep. Charlie Melancon, right, speaks with Rep. Charles Boustany, left, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in this file photo.

Rep. Charles Boustany raised about three times as much in campaign funds in the past month as Rep. Jeff Landry. The two Republicans are seeking the same southern Louisiana district in a Dec. 8 runoff election.

Boustany raised $886,727 compared to $300,288 for Landry in the 32-day period ended Nov. 18, according to filings their campaigns made yesterday with the Federal Election Commission.

Boustany, who’s running for a fifth term, spent $1,071,964 during the period and entered the final 20 days of the campaign with $732,376 in the bank compared to $189,449 for Landry, who’s seeking a second term. Landry spent $749,156 during the 32-day period.

Boustany’s fundraising advantage owes partly to his service on the Ways and Means Committee, a magnet for campaign contributions from companies with business before a panel that helps shape tax, trade and health policy. Companies donating to Boustany included Pfizer Inc., Merck & Co Inc., Aetna Inc., Amgen Inc., Wellpoint Inc., Lockheed Martin Corp., General Electric Co. and Comcast Corp.

Ways and Means Committee members who donated to Boustany during the 32-day period through their campaign committees or leadership political action committees included Chairman Dave Camp of Michigan and Devin Nunes of California, Pat Tiberi of Ohio, Kevin Brady of Texas and Tom Reed of New York. Tim Griffin of Arkansas, who wants to serve on the committee, gave campaign funds to Boustany.

Boustany’s donor list also includes former Louisiana Rep. Billy Tauzin, who represented parts of the district that Boustany and Landry are seeking. Tauzin formerly led the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America.

Landry got financial backing from some Republicans who entered Congress with him in November 2010, including Steve Southerland of Florida, Raul Labrador of Idaho and Jeff Duncan of South Carolina. Duncan appeared in a television commercial for Landry along with Tom Graves of Georgia and Jim Jordan of Ohio, who also gave campaign funds to Landry during the period.

Landry received $5,000 on Nov. 16 from The Tea Party Leadership Fund, aligned with candidates who want to slash government spending and taxes. Landry is a member of the Tea Party Caucus.

Boustany and Landry are opponents after Louisiana’s congressional map was reshaped to reflect the slow-growing state’s loss of one seat in the 2010 reapportionment. Boustany presently represents about three-fourths of the revised district, a major reason why he led Landry by 45 percent to 30 percent in the first-round, all-party ballot on Nov. 6.

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