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John Neely Kennedy on Government Reform

Democratic Senate Challenger (LA)


No pay-for-play; campaign contributions notwithstanding

Landrieu questioned why Kennedy would take more than $350,000 in campaign contributions from businesses and individuals who had projects before the Bond Commission, which Kennedy chairs.

Landrieu suggested that was an impropriety since Kennedy can decide what projects appear on commission agendas each month. "There's a lot of talk around Louisiana about how you get on the agenda," Landrieu said.

Kennedy denied any pay-for-play suggestions, and he said he was glad to compare his record to Landrieu's campaign contributions, which he said include $300,000 from Wall Street firms and more than $200,000 from executives with collapsed mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. "Sen. Landrieu criticizing my fundraising is a little bit like being called vain by Donald Trump," Kennedy said.

Source: 2008 Louisiana Senate Debate by Associated Press on NOLA.com Oct 16, 2008

Full disclosure of all earmarks

Kennedy released the following statement in response to Senator Landrieu's attack on earmark reform legislation in the State Legislature supported by John Kennedy:

"Senator Landrieu's gleeful celebration of yesterday's temporary defeat of earmark refor legislation is exactly what's wrong with politics today--and why Louisianans are fed up with Washington. Reform is carrying the day in our state, and John Kennedy will never stop fighting to bring accountability and sunshine to our earmarking process."

"Senator Landrieu has a clear, twelve year record in staunch defense of earmarks. We wish her good luck with that. But a Washington politician who refuses to fully disclose each and every one of her earmarks, then doubles down by attacking her opponent for supporting earmark reform is out of touch and on the wrong side of history in Louisiana."

Source: Press release, "Earmark Reform" Jun 11, 2008

No pay raise for state elected officials, including himself

The Legislature is scheduled to hear a revised pay raise plan for elected officials on April 21, and State Treasurer John Kennedy does not support the proposed measure to increase statewide elected officials' pay to $114,016. "The pay raise increase in the new proposal is smaller than what was originally on the table for elected officials, but I still do not support it," said Treasurer Kennedy. "I will not take a raise, even if it's only $1 more than my current salary. I do not feel comfortable accepting more money when the state - especially our healthcare system - is facing a tight budget and so many people are out of work."

Kennedy cited additional reasons for not accepting a pay raise including the deal he made with voters when he was elected to take the State Treasurer's position at $85,000. Kennedy also said his current salary is a small fortune for many Louisianians, and he noted that teachers, school workers and state employees are not receiving raises this year.

Source: Treasurer's press release, "Revised Pay Plan" Apr 20, 2004

Other candidates on Government Reform: John Neely Kennedy on other issues:
LA Gubernatorial:
Bobby Jindal
LA Senatorial:
David Vitter
Mary Landrieu


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