OIG suggests Jindal change press release practices
BATON ROUGE - The Inspector General's Office released their findings Friday from a review of complaints that Governor Bobby Jindal misused public funds in a recent press release criticizing GOP presidential candidate Senator Rand Paul.
The governor's office issued the press release on May 27, which the OIG noted required work from publicly-funded employees and was posted on the publicly-funded governor's office website. Jindal, who is exploring a presidential run of his own, used the release to call Rand Paul's recent comments about the GOP's actions giving fuel to ISIS evidence Paul was "unsuited to be Commander-In-Chief."
"It's one thing for Senator Paul to take an outlandish position as a Senator at Washington cocktail parties, but being Commander-in-Chief is an entirely different job. We should all be clear that evil and Radical Islam are at fault for the rise of ISIS, and people like President Obama and Hillary Clinton exacerbate it," Jindal's release stated.
Democrats in Louisiana issued a complaint that the release violated state law about the use of public funds for campaigning purposes. The Inspector General said that while Paul is raising money and has declared he will run for president, he has not qualified as a candidate in Louisiana yet and isn't considered one under the state constitution.
The review said in order to prevent confusion or "any appearance of impropreity" in the future, the governor's office should issue any similar statements through non-publicy funded means.