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Thursday, 03 November 2011 15:14

Jindal Wins The Brass For Louiaiana Campaign Fundraising

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JindalBATON ROUGE (CNS)—Gov. Bobby Jindal is at it again and this time it’s for really big bucks—as in solicitations of $100,000 a pop.

Let that sink in: he is asking for individual contributions of up to $100,000.

And just what does he want to do with that money? He wants at least $200,000 to finance the re-election of Chas Roemer to the BESE seat from Baton Rouge.

 Let that sink in, folks. Gov. Bobby Jindal wants to purchase the District 6 BESE seat for $200,000.

We recently wrote about the big fundraiser in his behalf that was held at the L’Auberge du Lac Resort in Lake Charles. That little event, hosted by the Louisiana Association of Self-Insured Employers (LASIE) was asking contributors to become Gold or Silver sponsors by giving $5,000 or $2,500, respectively.

That fundraiser was for a governor who won re-election without breaking a sweat or making a significant dent in his $9 million campaign fund balance. Yet he wanted more. For what purpose we really don’t know. He won re-election and he’s term-limited now, so why does he need the money?

We reminded you then and we remind you again that this is the governor who loved to boast that 90 percent of his donors gave $100 or less.

Ah, but that 10 percent was what he didn’t talk about. Those were the fat cats who not only gave the $5,000 maximum allowable under law, but got their wives, their children, and any corporations they controlled to give up to $5,000 each. And there were plenty of those.

Take the owners of Chouest Offshore and C-Logistics, both in Lafourche Parish and both run by the Chouest family. The two corporations and 12 separate family members made 17 campaign contributions totaling $90,000 between December of 2006 and December of 2008.

To a lesser extent, Hunt Guillot & Associates (HGA), Trott Hunt, and Alex Hunt of Ruston teamed up to give $11,750 to Jindal between February of 2007 and September of 2010.

The Chouest companies benefitted from Jindal’s decision to invest $10 million into the Port of Terrebonne to accommodate LaShip, another Chouest subsidiary.

Hunt-Guillot, of course, has those four state contracts worth nearly $17 million.

Oh, did we mention that Jay Guillot, one of the principals of Hunt-Guillot, won the BESE seat in District 5 on Oct. 22?

But all that, it seems, was just penny-ante stuff. Now Jindal has rolled out the big guns and he’s got Donald Songy in his crosshairs because Songy had the temerity to force Republican Chas Roemer into a runoff for the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) District 6 seat.

Jindal campaign finance director Allee Bautsch has sent out a blanket email to “Friends of Bobby Jindal” in which she is seeking to wring still more money out of Republican supporters in an all-out effort to defeat Songy.

Here is the text of that email:

Dear _____________________,

Thanks so much for all of your help throughout the years. With your help, we were able to secure the Governor not only a second term, but a historic victory. The Governor not only won all 64 parishes, but was elected with the highest percentage of the vote ever won by a candidate since Louisiana instituted the open primary system. The Governor was humbled by the overwhelming support on election day, and is hugely appreciative of your continued friendship and support.

As you know, the Governor was heavily involved in races for the State House, State Senate, and the BESE Board. In total, 87 candidates endorsed by the Governor have been elected, but we’ve also got nine more advancing to run-off elections in November – and that’s why I’m contacting to you today.

In addition to making sure that LA continues to outpace the national and Southern averages when it comes to economic development wins and job creation, the Governor is prepared to lead the charge on education reform. We need conservative reformers in the Legislature and especially on the BESE board so we can ensure that parents have more options, our schools are accountable, and every Louisiana child has the opportunity for an excellent education.

Already we have had tremendous success this election cycle in Legislative races and we are on our way to a reform majority on the BESE board with 3 big wins last Saturday.

But we have one more BESE race left to be decided.

Chas Roemer ran first in the primary, but fell just short of the 50%, necessary to avoid a runoff. This is a must win race. We will need to raise $200k quickly to wage a strong campaign for Chas and provide him the support he needs to win election in 4 weeks. Winning this last BESE race will give us a pro-reform majority on the BESE board, giving the Governor and strong partner in reforming our education system so every child can attend a good school and receive a great education.

You have already been very generous with your support of the Governor and the Victory effort, but the battle is not over and we can not rest until the last vote is cast on election day. The Governor would like for you to consider contributing to the Victory fund to help get these candidates across the finish line with a win on election day.

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I have attached the information here on contributing to the Victory fund, please consider helping us get a team elected to aide the Governor over the course of the next four years.

Most Sincerely,
Allee Bautsch

[email protected]

PO Box 4168
Baton Rouge, LA 70821

Then came the reply card to the 2011 Republican Victory Fund—the real nuts and bolts of the email—complete with disclaimer:

Reply Card to the 2011 Republican Victory Fund

____ I will become a Governor’s Council Member. Enclosed is my contribution of $100,000.
____ I will become a Pelican Cabinet Member. Enclosed is my contribution of $50,000.
____ I will become a member of the Committee for Louisiana’s Future. Enclosed is my
contribution of $25,000.
____ I will become a Bobby’s Club Member. Enclosed is my contribution of $10,000.
____ I will become an Elephant Sponsor. Enclosed is my contribution of $5,000.

City:_________________________________ State: _______ Zip:___________
Phone:______________________ Email:________________________________
Make checks payable to: Republican Victory Fund of Louisiana: PO Box 3557, Baton Rouge, LA 70821
If you wish to pay by credit card please provide the following information:
Type of Credit Card: { } Master Card { } Visa { } American Express { } Discover
{ } Diner’s Club International
Amount: ________________ Card #:_______________________________
Expiration Date: ________________Security Code:________________
Name as it appears on card:_____________________________________

Contributions to the Republican Victory Fund of Louisiana are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes. Contributions may be corporate, union, PAC or personal funds. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.

Contributions will be deposited into the RPL’s state account. All contributions are solely for the use of the Republican Party of Louisiana. Contributions from foreign nationals are prohibited.
Paid for by the Republican Party of Louisiana.

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