By JIM BUTLER
District 27 Rep. Mike Johnson loaned his campaign $5,000 before announcing in mid-2018 that he would be a candidate for the post at the first opportunity.
That came in a special election in early 2019. By then the attorney long active in a number of community civic endeavors had raised more than $100,000, most of which remained at year’s end.
Johnson won that special election to fill the unexpired term of Chris Hazel, who had been elected a district judge, and in the fall of 2019 won a full term without opposition.
Johnson is vice chairman of the House Civil Law & Procedures Committee and a member of the House & Governmental Affairs and Judiciary Committees.
Additionally, he is a member of the House Select Leadership panel.
If, and that seems a really big if, observers say, the Pineville Republican has opposition this Fall, he’ll not have to loan his campaign any funding.
As of Dec 31, according to reports filed with the La. Ethics Administration, Johnson had $310,000 on hand.
He reported receipts of $188,000 in 2022, including $17,650 from PACs.
Johnson’s campaign fund spending during the year totaled $13,000.
In 2020, his first full year in office, Johnson’s election fund received $12,600. Revenue was $14,350 in 2021.
According to the most recent report, contributors of the maximum $2,500 to Johnson’s next campaign include (of Alexandria/Pineville unless otherwise noted):
ACA Residential, Acadiana Ambulance Employees PAC, Alexandria Health Care, Bayou Engineering, R. Blake Chatelain, CLECO Power, Colonial Manor Properties (of Winnfield), Cunningham Business Systems, Diamond B Construction, William Michele & O.G. Fontenot, Foster Construction, Hayes Manufacturing,
Sheri & Craig S. Hartgrove (Lecompte), Hunter & Beck, JCP Management (Harrisonburg), Jenkins Companies, Adams Light Nonnies Hope PI, K&J Consulting, C or M Karam, La Land & Farm (Monroe), Lance Templeton MD, LASFAA PAC (Baton Rouge), Oday & Julie Lavergne, John Lynch, Sam Mahfouz, Aaron S. Magnum DDS, Mark Dodson Orthopaedics, Robert & Pamela Marler, McDaniel Food Management, MRL, Neblett, Beard & Arsenault,
Pan American Engineers, John T. Porter Jr. (Deville), Ralph Sisco DBA Sisco Enterprises, Robert Ratcliff, Kenneth Robinson, Ross Bus & Equipment Sales, Roy O. Martin III Family Trust, Michael A. Shelton, Aaron & Tracy Sebeneicher (Deville), Glenda S. Smith, Spurgeon Law Firm, Gay Stanley, John T. Thames, The Tower of Alexandria.
Full reports can be viewed at the Ethics Administration website – CLICK HERE