Tom Aswell of Capitol News Service in Baton Rouge has some interesting insights in a recent "Louisiana Voice" blog about the practice of “bundling,” a shady campaign-finance practice that has crept into American politics often as a means of circumventing Federal Elections Commission regulations. Specifically, Aswell takes aim at Gov. Bobby Jindal’s roughly $12 million re-election war chest, which has been padded by contributions from Goldman Sachs, BP, ExxonMobil, Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Lorillard Tobacco.

Not only was bundling done on a wholesale basis on Jindal’s behalf, but identical contributions by individuals and committees, many on the same dates totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars, routinely appeared in separate reports filed by candidate Jindal, the Committee to Re-elect Bobby Jindal, and Friends of Bobby Jindal, Inc. Contributions ranged from $500 to $5,000.

Moreover, Aswell asserts that some of the bundling linked to Jindal’s campaign can be tied to a former Washington, D.C., influence peddler who has former connections to the infamous Tom Delay and Jack Abramoff.

Read more here.

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