(4/4/19) Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards may be sitting on millions more in campaign donations than his Republican competitors. But he’ll soon be hamstrung in soliciting donations for his re-election bid, unable to fundraise for three months.
The Democratic incumbent is limited by a law prohibiting a governor and lawmakers from seeking campaign contributions during the regular legislative session. That 60-day gathering starts Monday.
The fundraising ban on Louisiana’s governor also extends 30 days beyond the session’s end, while he’s deciding whether to sign or veto bills.
His Republican opponents, U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham and businessman Eddie Rispone, don’t have similar restrictions.
Edwards has packed in fundraisers before session starts. And he’s playing up the donation blackout in recent fundraising emails.
The next campaign finance reports are due April 15.