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New outside group formed to back Governor John Bel Edwards' agenda

4 years 4 months 3 days ago Tuesday, February 18 2020 Feb 18, 2020 February 18, 2020 5:16 PM February 18, 2020 in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards’ allies Tuesday announced the formation of an outside organization to promote the Louisiana leader’s agenda as he readies for the first legislative session of his new term.

The political nonprofit, called A Stronger Louisiana, doesn’t have to disclose the donors funding its mission, a type of organization commonly called a “dark money” group. The president of A Stronger Louisiana is listed in documents as Randy Morris, an Edwards campaign contributor, and owner of West Carroll Health Systems.

The group’s creation was announced Tuesday by Edwards’ reelection campaign manager, Richard Carbo, who said the political nonprofit “is committed to supporting bipartisan solutions that move Louisiana forward.” In a statement, Carbo said the organization also will “work to hold elected officials accountable and promote transparency, ethics, and accountability.”

The organization’s website is promoting Edwards’ positions on increasing the minimum wage, enacting new equal pay laws and increasing spending on early childhood education, among others. Its creation comes as Edwards faces a more conservative, majority-Republican House and Senate in his second term. The next legislative session begins March 9.

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