Jindal to headline GOP fundraiser

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal is prohibited by state law from raising campaign cash during the legislative session. That isn't stopping him from headlining a fundraising reception for the state Republican Party next week.

His appearance is legal because it's for the GOP, not Jindal personally. The April 9 event in New Orleans costs $10,000 per couple for those who want to have their picture taken with Jindal and Texas Gov. Rick Perry. For $5,000, couples get to attend a dinner reception with them.

A government watchdog group says the event exposes a loophole in state law since the state GOP is a heavy contributor to Jindal's campaign.

Jim Brandt, president of the nonprofit Public Affairs Research Council, says that makes Jindal an "indirect benefactor" of the money he's helping raise.

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