Jeff Sadow

A controversial fundraiser by Republican state Sen. Ryan Gatti might come back to haunt his reelection bid.

Last month, Gatti, whose district encompasses all of Webster, much of Bossier, and parts of Bienville and Claiborne Parishes, sent invitations for a Jul. 31 event. With next fall’s election looming, he desperately needed to raise money, having in 2016 and 2017 raised only a fraction of what he spent in winning his office.

He also had gone into hock big time to finance that successful campaign. Over the course of three years, he had lent his campaign over $400,000, dwarfing the amount of money


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