Friday, September 4, 2009

Governor Bobby Jindal Using Taxpayer Money for Helicopter Rides to Church

September 3, 2009 on MSNBC with Rachel Maddow
From The Advocate:
In May, June and July, there was rarely a Sunday when the governor didnt board a taxpayer-funded helicopter to attend church services in far-flung parts of the state. He traveled by helicopter to churches less frequently in March and April.

Over five months, Jindal took more than three dozen helicopter trips. Fourteen were to attend church services, according to state records.

He worshipped in Hornbeck, Many, Logansport, Angie, Elizabeth, Harrisonburg, Columbia, Winnsboro, Coushatta, Robeline and Anacoco.

At least two aides usually accompanied him along with his security detail and State Police pilots. The public pays their salaries as well as the fuel and upkeep for the helicopter.

The helicopter that the governor uses the most costs $1,200 an hour to operate — about $45,000 for five months of church visits.

The Governors Office refuses to disclose to the media ahead of time where Jindal will attend services. But a video posted on the Internet last year gives a glimpse into the Catholic governors visits to Protestant churches in North Louisiana. Read more
See also: Videos of Jindal’s visit to New Chapel Hill Baptist Church 1 2 3 4 5

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