Dana Kaplan, one of the runoff candidates for New Orleans City Council District B, raised $153,000 in campaign contributions from mid-October to mid-November — outpacing her opponent LaToya Cantrell by more than $100,000, according to campaign finance reports filed Nov. 28 with the Louisiana Ethics Administration. The reports cover the period between Oct. 18 and Nov. 18.
Kaplan, who entered the latest reporting period with $20,000 on hand, spent $114,000, and had $58,000 cash on hand on the last day covered by the report. Cantrell was far behind, raising only $32,000 and spending $28,000. Cantrell had just under $11,000 on hand at the end of the reporting period. Supplemental reports show that Kaplan collected $29,000 and Cantrell collected $8,000 in contributions between Nov. 18 and last week.
In the District E race, attorney James Gray raised $49,365 in contributions, compared to $39,700 raised by state Rep. Austin Badon. Badon ended the period with more cash on hand, however: nearly $11,000 to just under $4,000 for Gray.
Gray's campaign spent about $55,000 in October and November, while Badon's campaign spent $44,000 in the same period. Gray collected $3,500 and Badon collected $7,000 in contributions after Nov. 18, according to supplemental reports.
The runoff election is this Saturday, Dec. 8. — CHARLES MALDONADO