Super PACs can spend unlimited amounts of money backing a candidate, opposing a candidate or advocating for issues, although they are barred by federal law from coordinating their activities with candidates or their campaigns.

U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany, R-Lafayette, figures to pad his considerable financial advantage over fellow GOP congressman and likely runoff opponent for the new 3rd Congressional District race this fall after a new super political action committee was established to ensure what is essentially his re-election.

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                              U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany, R-Lafayette


According to a report by Gannett’s Washington bureau, Louisiana Prosperity Fund, which was set up last month but has yet to report any money raised, will back the retired heart surgeon against Landry, a freshman congressman and tea party favorite. The new 3rd Congressional District, created by combining the current 7th CD of Boustany and 3rd CD represented by Landry, is more or less Boustany’s current turf expanded eastward to take in part of Landry’s district, which was eliminated due to the loss of one of Louisiana’s seven congressional districts following the 2010 census. The race between Boustany and Landry is getting ugly fast via television and radio, and it is shaping up to be the most-watched intra-party House election this cycle.

Louisiana Prosperity Fund, according to the Gannett account, is based out of Baton Rouge. Super PACs like LPF can spend unlimited amounts of money backing a candidate, opposing a candidate or advocating for issues, although they are barred by federal law from coordinating their activities with candidates or their campaigns.

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