Dardenne has $1.2 million for possible governor’s race

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne speaks during a meeting of  the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget, at the State Capitol in this February 2013 file photo Dardenne has publicly said he intends to run for governor next year. Show caption
Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne speaks during a meeting of the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget, at the State Capitol in this February 2013 file photo Dardenne has publicly said he intends to run for governor next year.

Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne announced Friday that he has $1.2 million on hand for a possible gubernatorial run.

“Of the nearly 1,300 donations we received, more than 90% came from Louisiana. I’m humbled by your faith in & support of me,” Dardenne tweeted.

The campaign finance report filed with the Louisiana Board of Ethics details cash raised and money spent in 2013. Dardenne, a Republican, collected $751,960.52 in contributions and spent $218,697.02. He had more than $700,000 in the bank before he started raising money in 2013.

“We have run 4 statewide campaigns in less than 8 years & during that time, have raised more than $6 million. Thank you, Louisiana!” he tweeted.

Gov. Bobby Jindal cannot seek re-election in 2015 because of prohibitions against a third consecutive term. His removal from the race opens the field for candidates

Dardenne said he intends to run for governor in 2015. Also in the race are U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-La., and state Rep. John Bel Edwards, D-Amite. State Treasurer John Kennedy — a Republican who lives in Madisonville — is another possibile candidate.

The Fund for Louisiana’s Future, a third-party Super PAC supporting Vitter, raised $1.5 million last year. Kennedy has a $3 million campaign war chest. Edwards has not detailed his numbers from 2013. He had $37,315.34 in his campaign bank account at the start of last year.