Education, a Louisiana distributor of Promethean whiteboards, has received $284,591from thestate of Louisiana since 2008.
Louisiana campaign finance law caps donations to major office candidates at $5,000 per electionfor individuals, legal entities and political action committees (PACs) with fewer than 250members.
By contributing to Mrs. Jindal¶s foundation, these donors are able to curry favor with the governor while skirting campaign contribution limits and disclosure requirements.Beyond DonorsThe Jindal Foundation and Gov. Jindal share ties beyond donors. The foundation¶s treasurer,Alexandra Bautsch, also serves as Gov. Jindal¶s chief fundraiser.
In 2009, Gov. Jindal¶scampaign paid Ms. Bautsch and her Baton Rouge-based company, the Bautsch Group LLC,$97,146 for fundraising and travel expenses.
Ms. Bautsch has been working for Gov. Jindalsince at least 2005 when she served as then-Rep. Jindal¶s office manager.
The JindalFoundation did not report paying Ms. Bautsch in 2009, although the foundation¶s initial IRSfiling reports Ms. Bautsch devoted an average of five hours per week to her job as treasurer.
Both Gov. and Mrs. Jindal used the same company, iWeb Strategies, a self-described ³onlinepolitical consulting firm,´ to design their respective campaign and foundation websites.
In2009 the Jindal campaign reported paying iWeb Strategies $37,768 for office expenses.
Although iWeb Strategies takes credit for the Jindal Foundation website, the foundation onlyreported paying $6,261 for ³professional fees and other payments to independent contractors´and $6,101 for Internet and office expenses in 2009.
The foundation does not specify whichcontractors received the money, so it isn¶t clear whether iWeb Strategies was among those paid.Gov. Jindal does not appear to be involved in the day-to-day operations of the Jindal Foundation.Nonetheless, the website brazenly displays a photograph of the governor with the first lady on apage soliciting donations.
Louisiana Ethics Administration Program, Summary of the Louisiana Campaign Finance Disclosure Act,December 30, 2010. Available at:http://www.ethics.state.la.us/Pub/Laws/cfdasum_v4.pdf .
The Supriya Jindal Foundation for Louisiana¶s Children, IRS Form 990-EZ, Initial Return 2009, May 11, 2010;Jan Moller, Gov. Bobby Jindal¶s Campaign Spending is Up,
, March 3, 2010.
Bobby Jindal for Governor, Candidate¶s Report, Annual Report 2009, Amendment, March 2, 2010; The BautschGroup L.L.C., Limited Liability Company Registration, Secretary of State: Louisiana, filed November 5, 2007.
Legistorm, Alexandra Bautsch, Congressional Staffer ± Salary Data. Available at:http://www.legistorm.com/person/Alexandra_Bautsch/13992.html.
The Supriya Jindal Foundation for Louisiana¶s Children, IRS Form 990-EZ, Initial Return 2009, May 11, 2010;Moller,
, Mar. 3, 2010.
Bobby Jindal for Governor, Candidate¶s Report, Annual Report 2009, Amendment, March 2, 2010.
http://iwebstrategies.com/; The Supriya Jindal Foundation for Louisiana¶s Children, IRS Form 990-EZ, InitialReturn 2009, May 11, 2010.