Louisiana taxpayers spent at least $400,000 this year on travel and other expenses for State Police troopers who accompanied Gov. Bobby Jindal across the country as he campaigned for president, according to a new analysis from Fox 8 of New Orleans.
Jindal abandoned his bid for the Republican presidential nomination last week, after making frequent trips to campaign in other states.
Troopers travel with Jindal whenever he leaves Louisiana.
The Associated Press reported last month that Jindal’s security detail has nearly doubled since he took office eight years ago.
Even before announcing his plans to run for president in June, Jindal was often travelling out of state. According to an analysis from The Advocate, Jindal was out of state nearly half of the year. He spent much of his time in Iowa, where several troopers even accompanied him around the Iowa State Fair.
According to Fox 8’s review of the State Police expenses for the first 304 days of 2015, state troopers were traveling with Jindal on 255 days -- including all of September and October. The governor’s security detail typically includes more than one trooper at a time.
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