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GOV. BOBBY JINDAL (R-LA) was first elected governor in 2007 and was reelected in 2011.

He was included in CREWs 2010 report on governors.1 SCANDAL Some of the governors largest corporate campaign contributors have also donated heavily to a foundation set up by his wife, raising questions about whether they are attempting to curry favor with the governor.2 Gov. Jindals wife, Supriya Jindal, founded the nonprofit Supriya Jindal Foundation for Louisianas Children in July 2008, shortly after her husband took office.3 The foundation distributes interactive whiteboards to Louisiana schools.4 A review in March 2011 found nine of 13 corporate donors that collectively pledged at least $790,000 to the Jindal Foundation also contributed more than $100,000 to Gov. Jindals campaign between 2007 and 2011.5 Gov. Jindals chief fundraiser, Alexandra Bautsch, who has worked for the governor since at least 2005, was also listed as the foundations treasurer until 2010, according to the organizations tax returns.6 In addition, the foundations fundraising web page for a time featured a picture of Gov. Jindal with his wife.7 The March 2011 review showed the overlapping donors included companies with significant interests before Louisiana state government, such as AT&T Inc., Marathon Oil Corp., Northrop Grumman Corp., and state contractors such as Acadian Ambulance.8 The nine companies collectively employed more than 50 lobbyists in Louisiana, and eight of the companies received at least $113.6 million from the state.9 The governors spokesman described the foundation as a completely nonpolitical, nonpartisan organization created by the first lady, and said he had not intervened to help any of the foundations donors with state business.10 CRONYISM Gov. Jindal has appointed large campaign donors to state posts. An August 2012 newspaper analysis found 193 of Gov. Jindals appointees to state boards and commissions collectively donated more than $2.6 million to the governors various campaigns.11 State higher education boards and the Superdomes board of commissioners were especially dominated by

For more information, see CREWs Worst Governors 2010, available at http://www.citizensforethics.org /worstgovernors. 2 Eric Lipton, Wifes Charity Offers Corporate Tie to a Governor, New York Times, March 2, 2011. 3 The Supriya Jindal Foundation for Louisianas Children, Nonprofit Corporation Registration, Secretary of State: Louisiana, filed July 21, 2008; http://jindalfoundation.org/. 4 The Supriya Jindal Foundation for Louisianas Children, IRS Form 990-EZ, Initial Return 2009, May 11, 2010. 5 http://jindalfoundation.org/partners/; http://jindalfoundation.org/donate/; Follow the Money, Contributor Lookup, Bobby Jindal, 2007 - 2012. Contributors to Gov. Jindal include Marathon Oil, Acadian Ambulance, D & J Construction, State Farm, BlueCross BlueShield of Louisiana, Northrop Grumman, Wal-Mart, Dow Chemicals, and AT&T, plus contributions from company PACs and executives. 6 The Supriya Jindal Foundation for Louisianas Children, IRS Form 990-EZ, Initial Return 2009, May 11, 2010; The Supriya Jindal Foundation for Louisianas Children, IRS Form 990-EZ, Initial Return 2011, May 14, 2012; Jan Moller, Gov. Bobby Jindals Campaign Spending is Up, Times-Picayune, March 3, 2010; Bobby Jindal, Candidates Report Form F102, Report ID LA-35719, filed February 15, 2013. 7 http://jindalfoundation.org/donate/. 8 http://jindalfoundation.org/partners/; Lipton, New York Times, Mar. 2, 2011. 9 http://www.ethics.state.la.us/LobbyistData/; http://wwwprd.doa.louisiana.gov/latrac/vendors.cfm. 10 Lipton, New York Times, Mar. 2, 2011. 11 Tom Aswell, 193 of Piyushs Best Friends Cough up $2.6 Million, Get Choice Appointments, Louisiana Free Press, August 13, 2012.

campaign contributors: 50 appointees and their families and businesses together contributed nearly $1.2 million to Gov. Jindal.12 A March 2011 WAFB investigation found eight of nine appointees to the Louisiana Board of Regents, the 16-member board that oversees higher education in Louisiana, contributed at or near the $5,000 maximum personal contribution limit to Gov. Jindals campaign, collectively giving a total of $37,500.13 Six of the eight donors contributions were received around the time the donors were appointed to the board.14 In July 2012, Gov. Jindal appointed another large donor, Ray Brandt, who contributed at least $25,000 to the governors campaigns since 2007.15 MISMANAGEMENT Gov. Jindal appointed Bruce Greenstein to be secretary of the state Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) despite concerns about potential conflicts of interest. The appointment led to a federal probe into DHHs award of a nearly $200 million contract to Sec. Greensteins former employer. In July 2010, Gov. Jindal appointed Mr. Greenstein, a former vice president at Client Network Services, Inc. (CNSI), as secretary of DHH.16 During Mr. Greensteins 2011 confirmation hearings, which were not held until nine months after he began the job, state legislators voiced concerns about his relationship with CNSI and questioned Mr. Greenstein about his role in DHHs selection of a Medicaid processing firm.17 Mr. Greenstein initially testified he had not been involved in the selection process, but after documents contradicting him surfaced during a second hearing, he acknowledged he had been responsible for changing the bid solicitations in a way that made CNSI eligible to bid.18 The company received low technical scores but won the contract in large part because it offered the lowest price, though the other firms competing for the work subsequently filed complaints with the state accusing CNSI of low balling in order to win the bid.19 The states Division of Administration rejected these complaints.20 In March 2013, however, news of a federal probe into the CNSI contract emerged publicly.21 On the advice of the state attorney generals office, Gov. Jindals administration cancelled the DHHCNSI contract and launched an inquiry into Mr. Greensteins role in the award.22 The governor issued a statement reaffirming his faith in Mr. Greenstein, but nonetheless, Mr. Greenstein resigned a week after the termination of the contract.23 The Jindal administration later uncovered

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Id. Robb Hays and David Spunt, I-TEAM: Board of Regents Appointees Donate to Jindal, WAFB, March 3, 2011. 14 Id. 15 Stephen Sabludowsky, Jindal Continues Major Campaign Cash-Regents Pick with Ray Brandt, Bayou Buzz, July 27, 2012. 16 http://www.gov.state.la.us/index.cfm?md=pagebuilder&tmp=home&cpid=27; Melinda Deslatte, Medicaid Probe Is Trouble for Jindal, Associated Press, April 10, 2013. 17 Laura Maggi, Investigators Looking into Possible Perjury by Former Louisiana Health Chief, Times-Picayune, May 3, 2013. 18 Id. 19 Id. 20 Id. 21 Marsha Shuler, Jindal Cancels Contract, The Advocate, March 24, 2013. 22 Id. 23 Laura McGaughy, DHH Secretary Bruce Greenstein Resigns in Wake of Federal Investigation, Times-Picayune, March 29, 2013.

evidence showing Mr. Greenstein exchanged hundreds of phone calls and thousands of text messages with CNSI during the bid process, creating an unfair advantage for the company, a state official said in a letter cancelling the contract.24 In May 2013, the Louisiana attorney generals office launched its own criminal investigation into the DHH-CNSI contract.25 CNSI has denied any wrongdoing, and has sued the state over the contracts cancellation.26 TRANSPARENCY In 2009, Gov. Jindal backed legislation meant to allow more access to public records. The legislation, however, included an exemption allowing the governor to block disclosure of records considered part of his deliberative process.27 The governors administration has since used the exemption to shield a wide array of documents, including some previously available to the public, such as records generated by agencies outside the governors office.28 The governors broad interpretation of the exemption has sparked concern among good government and watchdogs groups and prompted a series of court challenges.29 Despite his pledge to make Louisianas state government more transparent, the Jindal administration has faced complaints that it circumvents transparency scrutiny on multiple fronts.30 Media outlets uncovered evidence that Gov. Jindals staffers used personal e-mail accounts to conduct state business on some controversial issues, including Medicaid cuts and school voucher programs.31 Critics have also charged Gov. Jindals administration with deliberately skirting Louisianas open meetings law.32


Melinda Deslatte, Grand Jury to Look into $200M Medicaid Contract Awarded by Jindal Administration, Associated Press, May 23, 2013; Maggi, Times-Picayune, May 3, 2013. 25 Deslatte, Associated Press, May 23, 2013. 26 Id. 27 Lawsuits Challenge Louisiana Public Records Exemption for Governor, Associated Press, September 10, 2012. 28 Id.; Tyler Bridges, Jindal Administration Invoking 2009 Law to Shield Public Records, The Lens, November 21, 2012. 29 Id. 30 Melinda Deslatte, Bobby Jindal Aides Use Personal Email to Strategize on Medicaid Cuts, Associated Press, December 10, 2012; Barbara Leader, Critics: Whites Email Blurs Jindals Transparency, The News Star, July 3, 2012. 31 Id. 32 Bill Barrow, Governors Office Helped Organize Closed-Door Gathering of New Teaching Hospital Board, Times-Picayune, August 5, 2010.