Vitter Super PAC raises $1.5 million

A third-party Super PAC supporting U.S. Sen. David Vitter raised $1.5 million last year, lawyer and fundraiser Charlie Spies said Wednesday.

The dollars raised by The Fund for Louisiana’s Future could help fuel a re-election bid or a run for governor, depending on what Vitter, R-La., decides to do. By drawing in seven digits during 2013, the fund now is in a million-dollar club that includes Ready for Hillary, the Super PAC aiming to get former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton into the next presidential race.

“We’ve had very strong support for the senator and his agenda,” Spies said from Washington, D.C.

By the end of this month, The Fund for Louisiana’s Future will report raising $1.5 million in 2013, with more than 70 percent of the contributions coming from Louisiana residents and businesses. Fundraisers were held inside and outside Louisiana. Vitter attended some of the fundraisers as a special guest.

The Super PAC’s fundraisers included a “Louisiana Bayou Weekend” that offered contributors a chance to hunt alligators with Vitter for $5,000 per person.

Spies said Vitter has been a strong supporter of the energy industry, which is vital to Louisiana’s economy. He said Vitter’s held the Obama administration accountable for anti-business policies that hurt the energy sector.

Next week, Spies will try to convince the Louisiana Board of Ethics that individual contributions to the Super PAC should not be capped at $100,000. The Fund for Louisiana’s Future is registered with the Federal Election Commission and the state of Louisiana. State rules limit individual contributions to $100,000 or less.

“We will be arguing they need to follow federal law on this, and hopefully, they will do the right thing,” Spies said.