Washington – Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has amassed more than $9 million to support his long-shot run for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, campaign aides said Wednesday.
Most of that money — more than $8.6 million — has been raised by funding groups outside his official campaign committee. Those groups, which include the Believe Again super PAC (political action committee), the American Future Project and the America Next “social welfare” nonprofit — cannot directly coordinate their activities with the Jindal campaign, but may make independent expenditures to support him, under federal election law. Those groups are operated by people with close connections to the campaign.
Jindal officially announced his candidacy June 24 in Kenner, and his campaign committee was set up then. It was required to file a report Wednesday with the Federal Election Commission for the three-month period ending June 30 — meaning, in Jindal’s case, less than a full week of activity.
That committee raised nearly $580,000 from just over 2,000 donors in that time period, according to the FEC filing. Campaign-committee donations are limited to $2,700 each from individuals and $5,000 each from PACs; corporations and labor unions may not make contributions. The committee spent a little more than $65,000.
The pro-Jindal Believe Again super PAC took in $3.7 million from when it was created in January through June 30, said Brad Todd, an adviser for the organization. American Future Project, organized later, raised $1 million by June 30, he said. Believe Again and American Future Project must file reports with the FEC by July 31 detailing contributions, which are not subject to limits on size or source.
America Next, a so-called dark money group organized in 2013, isn’t required to disclose its donors; it cannot devote more than half its activities to political efforts, but that requirement is vague and not vigorously enforced. It files on a different schedule. America Next has functioned as a platform for Jindal’s policy proposals. Todd said it was raised nearly $4 million.