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Louisiana Democracy Project, Inc.
is dedicated to educating, informing, and empowering citizens to becoming involved in the democratic process.

Louisiana Democracy Project
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Baton Rouge, La. 70805

LDP--- 1998 News
We strive to establish and promote cooperation between diverse groups. We seek to provide opportunities to enhance understanding and involvement in public policy issues.

Congressional Delegation
On November 4, 1998 5 Louisiana congressmen were re-elected without opposition. Congressmen Richard Baker outspent his opponent Majorie McKeithen 2-1 in one of the most negative battles the state has seen. Total contributions to the two exceeded $1.8 million. Complaints were filed with the Federal Elections Commission challenging Baker's campaign spending and the role his congressional staff played in financing campaigns. Baker's campaign reportedly did more than $500,000 in business with companies owned by the congressman, his wife and chief of staff.

The campaigns spent more than $620,000 on television advertising from July 1 to October 28, 1998. McKeithen ran ads noting $800,00 given to Baker's campaign chest by banks and other financial institutions while he sits on the House Banking Committee. Baker's ads pointed at McKeithen's heavy campaign support from trial lawyers.

Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke will run for retiring Congressmen Bob Livingston's seat. Livingston shocked the nation after going for the speakers seat, pushing impeachment of the president then resigning after his personal life appeared less than spotless. Livingston represents a district which is 86% white, 49% Democrat and 33% Republican. Livingston first won in a 1977 special election after the incumbent plead guilty to violations of federal campaign finance laws.

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