Gov. Jindal denies unemployment benefits to Louisianians, but charges $1,000 for a cup of coffee at campaign fundraiser

March 25, 2009

Gov. Bobby Jindal has left Louisiana behind again, this time for two days as he attends four campaign fundraisers in Washington, D.C.

Jindal’s latest fundraising junket comes as he continues to play partisan politics with struggling Louisiana workers’ unemployment benefits, as the governor claims he will not accept $98 million in federal unemployment assistance from President Barack Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. With Louisiana’s unemployment rate approaching 6 percent and 12,000 Louisiana workers losing their jobs in January alone, Gov. Jindal is focused instead on Beltway special interests. Jindal is charging a $1,000 minimum contribution for a cup of coffee at one of his Washington, D.C. fundraisers today.

“Since he spends so much of his time out of state trying to grab campaign cash, Gov. Jindal is out of touch with the serious challenges facing Louisiana and our state’s workers,” says Chris Whittington, chairman of the Louisiana Democratic Party. “Gov. Jindal needs to stop politicking and start governing, and not turn his back on Louisianians who need help the most.”

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