The Market Research Institute had given Jindal 73% of the vote for Louisiana’s first district. Following his unsuccessful campaign for the Governor’s office in 2003, Bobby Jindal looks like a sure bet for the 1st district’s open seat.


As of September 30th, the Jindal campaign had about $977,000 of cash on hand.  His opponents are left off in the distance, raising only a fraction of Jindal’s $2,000,000 for this election cycle.


With an extraordinary lead, and a significant amount of cash on hand, why does the Jindal campaign continue to hold fund raising events?  In an email obtained by The Political Cow, Jindal appeals to his base, “I need your help!”  He also insists that because there are “five opponents still in the race, we are not taking anything for granted.” 


Following his emphatic pleas, he “cordially” invites individuals to a pre-election party on October 28th.  The attendance fee is $500 a person; however, you can take a photo with Bobby for an additional $1500 donation.


Does any of this seem inappropriate? Let’s break it down, 73% of the vote, $977,000 on hand a month before the election, no competition in sight, and yet there will be another fund raiser?


Why? What realistic purpose will any additional funds serve at this point?


Here is the email sent out by Bobby Jindal:


To:    Friends and Supporters

From:  Bobby Jindal


Re:    Final Fundraiser – October 28th


 


Please help me with the final fundraising event of this Congressional race. 


We are in a strong position to win on November 2nd, making a runoff in December unnecessary.   But with five opponents still in the race, we are not taking anything for granted. 


That’s why we continue to work so hard, knocking on more than 30,000 doors, meeting with voters, and raising the money necessary to respond to any last minute attacks that may come.


I need your help!


Our final fundraising event will be held on Thursday, October 28th in Kenner.  Will you consider joining our Host Committee for this event by making a $2000 contribution?  If you are not able to join the Host Committee, please consider making a $500 contribution to attend the event.


I am looking forward to this party.  It will be an opportunity to talk about our race as well as Congressional and Senatorial races across the country.  And, I am sure we will all be dissecting the latest polls on the Presidential race.   I hope you will join us.


Having your support and knowing you are on my team is very important to me.  Please be a part of helping me win this critical race. 


Call my Finance Director, Jon Ringo at 504-274-0080 to let him know you will attend or if you have any questions.  Following is an invitation with all of the details.
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You are cordially invited to our


Final Pre-Election Party


for


Candidate for Congress


Bobby Jindal


at the home of


[ OMITTED FOR PRIVACY ]


Thursday, October 28, 2004


7:00 p.m. — Roundtable Discussion (for Bobby’s Club* Members only)


7:30 p.m. — Photos with Bobby (for Hosts and Bobby’s Club Members)


8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. — Reception for All Participants


RSVP: 504-274-0080                                                                  


$500 per person


$2000– Hosts
(includes one photo with Bobby Jindal)


Please make checks payable to:
Friends of Bobby Jindal
P. O. Box 8628
Metairie, LA 70011


Bobby wants you on his winning Congressional team. 


Only donations received on or prior to November 2nd will count for this election.


*For information on joining Bobby’s Club, please call headquarters at 504-274-0080.


Contributions to Friends of Bobby Jindal Inc. are limited to $2000 per person for the primary election, $2000 for the general election and $2000 for the runoff election, and are not deductible for federal income tax purposes. Federal law requires us to use our best efforts to collect and report the name, mailing address, occupation and name of employer of individuals whose contributions exceed $200 in an election cycle. Contributions by foreign nationals and corporations are prohibited. Not paid for at government expense.  


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