A federal judge ruled in 2014 that the Fund For Louisiana's Future (FFLF), a PAC, can raise money for his state or for his federal campaign. The PAC has previously announced that it has contributed $100,000 to the Vitter state campaign. Vitter is running for Louisiana governor.
The announcement of the funds raised came through a press release that also announced three major acquistions to the FFLF team. Former Vitter US Senate, campaign staffer and Bill Classidy campaign staffer Joel DiGrado has joined the PAC as its Executive Director. Also joining the organization are both Nicole Liccardi, the former fundraiser for Bill Cassidy campaign and the Political Firm.
Previously, the latter handled the campaign for Jay Dardenne in his run for Lt. Governor. Dardenne is running for Louisiana governor and is one of Vitter's leading opponents.
Here is the press release from the political action committee:
The Fund for Louisiana’s Future, a political action committee supporting U.S. Senator David Vitter and his conservative reform agenda for Louisiana, announced today that it raised more than $680,000 from January 1st to April 17th of this year. FFLF has raised more than $4.6 million to date.
The Fund also will report holding more than $3.5 million in cash on hand as of April 17th.
“We are incredibly encouraged by the generous support the Fund has received in 2015, which builds upon the groundbreaking support received in 2014. We believe Senator Vitter has the vision and conservative reform agenda that will unleash Louisiana’s creativity, prosperity and opportunity,” said Charlie Spies, Founder of the Fund for Louisiana’s Future.
Of the more than $4.6 million raised by FFLF, two-thirds of the contributions came from the state of Louisiana.
The Fund for Louisiana’s Future also announced additions to its leadership team:
Nicole Licardi has joined FFLF and serves as FFLF’s Finance Director. Licardi previously served as fundraiser for Bill Cassidy’s U.S. Senate race in 2014, and continues as a fundraising consultant for him as U.S. Senator.
Respected Louisiana strategists Jason Hebert and Scott Hobbes of The Political Firm in Baton Rouge have also joined the FFLF team. Notable current and former clients of Hebert and Hobbes include: U.S. Reps. Steve Scalise and Charles Boustany, Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain, Secretary of State Tom Schedler, and Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne.
The Fund for Louisiana’s Future is also pleased to announce that Joel DiGrado has joined as Executive Director of the PAC’s efforts. DiGrado has a record of winning major statewide races in Louisiana, most recently as Campaign Manager for U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy’s successful challenge to three-term incumbent Mary Landrieu. DiGrado previously served as Deputy Executive Director of the Louisiana Committee for a Republican Majority, which played a major role in electing the first Republican majority in Louisiana’s legislature since Reconstruction.
“The Fund for Louisiana's Future’s ability to attract the top political talent in Louisiana for our independent efforts to support David Vitter is a testament to the broad and growing support for Vitter’s leadership and conservative reform agenda,” added Spies.