Corporate Giving to Governor’s Wife’s Charity Questioned

March 6, 2011 at 7:28 PM Leave a comment

The New York Times takes a critical look at large donations to Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s wife’s Supriya Jindal Foundation for Louisiana’s Children.

Louisiana’s biggest corporate players, many with long agendas before the state government, are restricted in making campaign contributions to Gov. Bobby Jindal. But they can give whatever they like to the foundation set up by his wife months after he took office.

The foundation has collected nearly $1 million in previously unreported pledges from major oil companies, insurers and other corporations in Louisiana with high-stakes regulatory issues, according to a review by The New York Times.

The article leaves unanswered how common this phenomenon is. One rather suspects it is quite so. Whether the politician’s influence drives the donations or the donations drive the politician’s influence ultimately comes down the politician’s integrity.

So…what’s the good news? Hopefully the charities in question make effective use of the money.

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