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KATC Investigates: campaign finance reports for 3rd Congressional District candidates

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Posted at 7:59 PM, Oct 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-21 20:59:36-04

LAFAYETTE, La. — There are four men running for Louisiana's 3rd Congressional District seat in Congress, and KATC Investigates has pulled their federal campaign finance reports.

The district includes Acadia, Calcasieu, Cameron, Iberia, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, St. Martin, St. Mary and Vermillion parishes along with portions of St. Landry Parish.

The men running for the seat are "Rob" Anderson, a Democrat from Sulphur; Braylon Harris, a Democrat from Lake Charles; Clay Higgins, the incumbent, a Republican from Lafayette; and Brandon LeLeux, a Libertarian from Lake Charles. A forum for the race will be aired on KATC on October 22 at 7 p.m.

All people running for federal office are required to file campaign finance reports with the Federal Election Commission. There are different deadlines and filing requirements, depending on the type of candidate.

For congressional candidates, the following deadlines have passed already this year: Year End 2019 report - January 31; April Quarterly - April 15; July Quarterly - July 15; October Quarterly - October 15.

The Pre-General report is due Thursday, Oct. 22. After that, there's no report due until December.

Here's what we've found on each candidate. As they were above, they will be listed alphabetically.

"Rob" Anderson has filed reports for the period 08/01/2019 to 03/31/2020, the FEC's website indicates. Here's the link to his page.

According to the data on the site, Anderson has raised $63,616.76 which is all individual contributions. His report reflects no party contributions, and no contributions from other candidates or PACs. His report reflects no loans to his campaign. So far, he has spent $48,015.16. Most of that has gone to fundraising expenses, campaign expenses like equipment and rent, and salaries for Anderson, his campaign manager and assistant campaign manager. The campaign has $2,616 on hand, the report states.

Braylon Harris has filed reports for the period 07/01/2020 to 09/30/2020, the FEC's website indicates. Here's the link to his page.

According to the data on the site, Harris has raised $16,340.09. Most of that amount, $14,090.09, is made up of individual contributions. The report also indicates a loan, of $2,250.00. The report does not indicate from whom the loan was received - but it is listed under "other" loans, not as a loan from the candidate himself. So far, he has spent $7,584.27. The report does not show any receipts for disbursments. The campaign has $8,755.82 on hand, the report states.

U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins has filed reports for the period 01/01/2019 to 09/30/2020, the FEC's website indicates. Here's the link to his page.

According to the data on the site, Higgins has raised $720,494.76. Most of that, $507,327.65, is made up of individual contributions. Another $205,800.00 comes from PACs and other congressional campaigns. There are no loans. So far, Higgins has spent $517,356.74. Most of that has gone to fundraising expenses, supplies and accounting; consultants for fundraising, media and social media; advertising and media buys; and campaign expenses like meals, gifts, event sponsorships and lodging. The campaign has $243,826.03 on hand, the report states.

Here are the 95 PACs and campaigns which have contributed to Higgins' campaign. Of them, 17 are located in Louisiana:

  • JIM JORDAN FOR CONGRESS
  • OUTDOOR AMUSEMENT BUSINESS ASSOCIATION INC POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE
  • LYONDELL CHEMICAL COMPANY PAC
  • ACADIAN AMBULANCE SERVICE EMPLOYEE FEDERAL POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE, INC.
  • LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATION EMPLOYEES' POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE
  • UNITED PARCEL SERVICE INC. PAC
  • LAKE CHARLES PILOTS INC FEDERAL POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE
  • NATIONAL BEER WHOLESALERS ASSOCIATION POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE
  • GULF STATES TOYOTA INC FEDERAL POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE
  • TELLURIAN INC PAC
  • CHENIERE ENERGY, INC. PAC
  • DO RIGHT BAYOU PAC
  • AMERICAN PRINCIPLES
  • K&L GATES LLP POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (DC)
  • GEORGIA PAC
  • JONES WALKER L.L.P. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE
  • UNITED PARCEL SERVICE INC. PAC
  • ARPAC
  • NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE
  • CHENIERE ENERGY, INC. PAC
  • ATMOS ENERGY CORPORATION PAC
  • ELBERT GUILLORY'S AMERICA
  • AT&T INC. FEDERAL POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (AT&T FEDERAL PAC)
  • AMERICAN CHEMISTRY COUNCIL PAC
  • SCALISE FOR CONGRESS
  • GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (GEPAC)
  • THE FARM CREDIT COUNCIL POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE
  • AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL AUTOMOBILE DEALERS ASSOCIATION
  • EMPLOYEES OF NORTHROP GRUMMAN CORPORATION PAC
  • HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE
  • FLUOR CORPORATION POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (FLUOR PAC)
  • NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE
  • AMERICAN MARITIME OFFICERS VOLUNTARY POLITICAL ACTION FUND
  • MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS, INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE
  • CHEVRON EMPLOYEES POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE - CHEVRON CORPORATION
  • TEXANS FOR JODEY ARRINGTON
  • AMERICAN BANKERS ASSOCIATION PAC (BANKPAC)
  • NISOURCE INC. PAC
  • KOCH INDUSTRIES, INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (KOCHPAC)
  • CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE
  • WINE AND SPIRITS WHOLESALERS OF AMERICA, INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE
  • NATIONAL BEER WHOLESALERS ASSOCIATION POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE
  • UNITED PARCEL SERVICE INC. PAC
  • GREENBERG TRAURIG, P.A. PAC
  • ENTERGY CORPORATION POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (ENPAC)
  • NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA POLITICAL VICTORY FUND
  • JONES WALKER L.L.P. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE
  • PHILLIPS 66 PAC
  • BP CORPORATION NORTH AMERICA INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE
  • HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE
  • LOUISIANA HEALTH SERVICE & INDEMNITY COMPANY DBA BLUE CROSS & BLUE SHIELD OF LOUISIANA PAC
  • LAKE CHARLES PILOTS INC FEDERAL POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE
  • MICHIGAN SUGAR COMPANY GROWERS POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE
  • PLAINS COTTON GROWERS INC. PAC
  • CHENIERE ENERGY, INC. PAC
  • PHILLIPS 66 PAC
  • LOUISIANA HEALTH CARE GROUP EMPLOYEE FEDERAL POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE INC
  • ACADIAN AMBULANCE SERVICE EMPLOYEE FEDERAL POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE, INC.
  • THE GEO GROUP, INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE
  • MINN-DAK FARMERS COOPERATIVE SUGAR PAC (MDSPAC)
  • THE NATIONAL RURAL ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE ASSOCIATION ACTION COMMITTEE FOR RURAL ELECTRIFICATION (ACRE
  • CROP INSURANCE PROFESSIONALS ASSOCIATION PAC-CIPA PAC
  • SNAKE RIVER SUGAR COMPANY POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE
  • UNION PACIFIC CORP. FUND FOR EFFECTIVE GOVERNMENT
  • SUGAR CANE GROWERS COOPERATIVE OF FLORIDA (PAC)
  • MAGNOLIA LNG LLC POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE
  • SEMPRA ENERGY EMPLOYEES POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE- FEDERAL
  • UNITED PARCEL SERVICE INC. PAC
  • AMERICAN CRYSTAL SUGAR COMPANY POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE
  • AMERICAN SUGAR CANE LEAGUE OF USA INC POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE
  • WESTERN SUGAR COOPERATIVE PAC
  • CRESCENT RIVER PORT PILOTS ASSOCIATION FEDERAL POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE/CRPPA FED PAC
  • FLORIDA SUGAR CANE LEAGUE PAC
  • THE FARM CREDIT COUNCIL POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE
  • WESTERN ENERGY ALLIANCE PAC
  • EMPLOYEES OF NORTHROP GRUMMAN CORPORATION PAC
  • NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE
  • THE GUARDIAN FUND
  • LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATION EMPLOYEES' POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE
  • NATIONAL AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS ASSOCIATION PAC
  • JUSTICE FREEDOM & LIBERTY PAC
  • HOUSE CONSERVATIVES FUND
  • EMPLOYEES OF NORTHROP GRUMMAN CORPORATION PAC
  • NATIONAL SHOOTING SPORTS FOUNDATION, INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (NSSF PAC)
  • LOUISIANA HEALTH CARE GROUP EMPLOYEE FEDERAL POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE INC
  • ELBERT GUILLORY'S AMERICA
  • LAKE CHARLES PILOTS INC FEDERAL POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE
  • DYNCORP INTERNATIONAL LLC POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE
  • WINE AND SPIRITS WHOLESALERS OF AMERICA, INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE
  • SCALISE FOR CONGRESS
  • LOUISIANA HEALTH CARE GROUP EMPLOYEE FEDERAL POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE INC
  • ASSOCIATED GENERAL CONTRACTORS OF AMERICA POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE

The FEC website has almost no information on Brandon LeLeux. There is one document, dated June 2, which provides his campaign's FEC number, an address and a bank account, but no other information. LeLeux indicates that he is the custodian of records and the treasurer of the campaign. The FEC page says there is no data for his campaign; nevertheless here is the link to the page.

According to the FEC, LeLeaux has until 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 22 to submit his campaign filings. However, he may not be required to do so if his contributions and expenditures fall below $5,000.