Landrieu widens fundraising lead over Cassidy

Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu widened her fundraising lead over her best-financed Republican challenger, U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, in the April-June quarter this year, according to information released Wednesday by both campaigns in this fall’s Senate election.

Landrieu, a three-term incumbent, said she raised $2.15 million in the quarter, which would bring her total haul since her last campaign, in 2008, to $13.5 million. She said she has $6.24 million on hand and available to spend.

Cassidy, a third-term congressman from Baton Rouge, reported taking in $1.6 million in the quarter, for a campaign total of $8 million since his last run, in 2012. He said he has $5.8 million on hand.

July 15 is the deadline for federal candidates to file their second- quarter reports with the Federal Election Commission, but the figures from the campaigns are not from their official filings, which are not available yet.

The third candidate running a significant campaign, Republican Rob Maness, said June 23 that he had bettered the $1 million mark in fundraising. His official filing for the period also is not yet available.