Lake Charles, La — Dustin Granger has launched a new television ad heading into the final week of the special election to fill the vacated senate district 27 seat in Lake Charles. In the newest spot, Granger echoes recent coverage of the district’s disdain for insurance companies that failed customers following Hurricane Laura. Granger’s opponent, head marketing officer for his family-owened chain of hardware stores, stands to profit heavily in the aftermath of hurricanes, floods, tornados, and other disasters that have hit the region hard over the last year.
In a direct-to-camera appeal, Granger makes a pitch to voters saying, “You’ve heard my opponent say he’s rebuilding Lake Charles. But selling lumber at the highest prices in history isn’t what’s rebuilding our communities. It’s you.”
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“My opponent is backed by those same people denying our claims. But I refuse to stand with them,” Granger says in the ad.
In recent news coverage, lobbyists for the Insurance industry rushed to Stine’s aid, claiming the donations they gave him weren’t in exchange for his loyalty to them on insurance issues. But a campaign finance report filed by state senate candidate Jeremy Stine shows a trend of financial support from groups he recently characterized as “bad actors” during an appearance at a legislative hearing. The leading Louisiana insurers that donated to Stine through their lawyers, lobbyists, and PACs have come under fire for abusing southwest Louisiana families more than a year after Hurricane Laura displaced them and destroyed their lives. Lobbyists and lawyers for State Farm, APCIA, USAA, Progressive, and associations to which they belong all donated to the campaign of Jeremy Stine, a fact Stine doesn’t dispute.
Stine’s average donation is more than $1,000. More than $55,000 of Stine’s haul (20%) came from corporate or party PACs that have business relationships with Stine Lumber, Jeremy’s family business which has seen upward profit trends as a result of Hurricane Laura’s impact on the community. Granger’s average donation is just over $500, though he’s managed to keep media buys and other expenditures competitive with Stine’s corporate money-backed budget.