So far the two lead contenders have deposited more than $21.5 million into their accounts, with more certainly to come.
U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu continues to outraise her chief Republican competitor, U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, but she's spending more money as well.
Republican U.S. Senate candidate and tea party favorite Rob Maness is waging a long-shot campaign against the better-funded GOP contender.
The inspector general for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said the state Children's Health Insurance Program, known as LaCHIP, didn't meet federal requirements for the bonus payments.
The deal appears to have the state taking a loss for the cash up front.