Longtime north shore DA Walter Reed has spent $627K in campaign funds years ahead of next election, records show
Although he has yet to make his re-election plans known, longtime north shore District Attorney Walter Reed spent more than $627,000 in money donated to his campaign between 2009 and 2012, campaign finance reports show.
That spending included $123,372 on an event at the Castine Center in Mandeville in September 2012, records on file with the Louisiana Ethics Administration show. During that period, Reed’s campaign raised more than $614,000 in donations. He had just over $410,000 on hand at the end of 2008.
The records also indicated Reed has paid more than $56,000 since 2006 to a company in which he and his son, Steven Reed, are officers.
Retired Army Sgt. Matthew King has come a long way since May 3, 2005, when doctors at Kandahar Air Field told him “not to freak out” if he woke up from surgery without his left leg.King, who was 19 at the time, was going into emergency surgery after a rocket-propelled grenade struck his upper left thigh during a mission in Afghanistan. The blow left a huge hole in his left leg and a scar that runs from his groin to the bottom of his knee.
"At first, it didn’t hurt enough for me to understand the magnitude," he said. "Your adrenaline is pumping so hard. When you see that arterial blood spatter, you’re like, ‘Oh, that’s bad.’"
The son of longtime 22nd Judicial District Attorney Walter Reed has received a Tulane legislative scholarship from north shore state Rep. Harold Ritchie. The Tulane legislative scholarship program, which dates back more than a century, allows each of the 144 state lawmakers to choose a recipient for a Tulane scholarship each year. The program exploded in controversy in 1993 when news broke that for years, some of the lawmakers had given the scholarships to their own children or to the children of their political allies.
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