Throughout his five years as governor, numerous contributors have received top appointment.
One Louisiana government agency, in particular, has been packed with large campaign contributors—the Louisiana Board of Regents.
In 2011, the issue of contributing and then becoming a regent became a legislative issue.
A news report from WALB at the time said:
The 16-member Board of Regents oversees higher education in Louisiana. Nine of the current members of the board were appointed by Jindal. Records of Jindal's campaign contributions indicate eight of the nine members Jindal appointed to the Board of Regents gave sizeable donations to his campaign. Some made those donations within just a few weeks of being appointed and that has raised questions.
"That's an awful lot of people for that to be a coincidence," said Melanie Sloan, executive director of Citizens for Responsible Ethics in Washington (CREW). "It's hard to believe that each of the people would miraculously give money close in time to their appointment to the board."
The Jindal campaign adamantly denies the donations had anything to do with the board appointments and, indeed, there is no evidence that proves donations were a necessary part of being appointed. Below is a breakdown of the contributions and appointments. In some cases the appointment came before the donation was made, but in others, the person made a contribution before being selected. The maximum personal contribution allowed by law is $5,000.
Charlotte Bollinger - appointed Dec. 2008, donated $5,000 in Jan. 2009
Ed Antie - appointed Dec. 2010, donated $3,000 in Aug. 2010
Joseph Farr - appointed Dec. 2010, donated $5,000 in Nov. 2009
Roland Toups - appointed Jan. 2009, donated $5,000 in Oct. 2008
Chris Gorman - appointed Dec. 2010, donated $4,500 in Nov. 2010
Bubba Raspberry - appointed Jan. 2009, donated $5,000 in Sept. 2008
"It sounds like a quid pro quo. It sounds like it costs you $5,000 to get on the Board of Regents," Sloan explained.
Two other Board of Regents members also donated to the governor, but their donations came quite a bit of time before he appointed them.
Joseph Wiley - appointed Aug. 2009, donated $5,000 in Aug. 2006
Robert Bruno - appointed Jan. 2009, donated $5,000 in Oct. 2007
The only current board member appointed by Jindal who does not show a personal donation to the governor's campaign is Scott Ballard.
Today, Governor Jindal announced new appointees.
One of those appointments was to Ray Brandt the car dealer and attorney.
Campaign records show that since 2007, Brandt has contributed at least $25,000 to a Jindal campaign through one entity or another.
According to a recent news report from the Daily comet:
Brandt, his family and his businesses have contributed $50,000 to Jindal's campaign, according to documents filed with the ethics board.
The men replace Scott Ballard, who Jindal appointed to LSU's governing board, and Vic Stelly, a former lawmaker who resigned, citing frustration with the Jindal administration's cuts to state funding for public colleges.