Even though the state Ethics Board could still technically appeal the federal ruling that allows the Fund for Louisiana's Future to accept unlimited donations above the state's $100,000 threshold, the super PAC's architect isn't waiting around.
"We are currently soliciting donations above the cap," treasurer Charlie Spies told LaPolitics.
While the super PAC was originally created to help U.S. Sen. David Vitter in his 2015 campaign for governor, it has since branched out and purchased advertising to support state Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon's work on federal flood insurance. Spies would not say if the fund would support other officials or issues in the future.
On the horizon, politicos around the country are watching to see just how much Vitter donates from his federal Senate campaign account to the super PAC, which is barred from coordinating with Vitter or any other candidates.
While he cannot directly spend money from his federal account on his state race, Vitter has already given $100,000 to the super PAC. But that donation, which reaches right up to the Louisiana cap, was made in February, before the court's ruling was handed down.
According to the latest filing with the Federal Election Commission, the super PAC has $1.7 million in the bank and raised $624,000 last quarter. No other donations from Vitter have been noted.
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