Fantastic investigative reporting by our friend Tom Aswell over at Louisiana Voice uncovering more of the slimy politics behind the curtain of Jindal’s “reform” agenda:
Believe in Louisiana, a Baton Rouge Political 527 non-profit corporation, has been running television ads throughout the state in support of Jindal’s education reform legislation.
Believe in Louisiana is headed by Rolfe McCollister, publisher of the Baton RougeBusiness Report and former chairman of Jindal’s 2007 transition team and treasurer of his most recent campaign for governor. McCollister also made five separate contributions to Jindal’s first two gubernatorial campaigns totaling $17,000.
Also making five contributions totaling $8,500 was Business Report President Julio Melara. Melara also is president of two other Baton Rouge publications,1012 Magazine (for Interstates 10 and 12 that run through Baton Rouge) and225 Magazine (Baton Rouge is in telephone Area Code 225).
Before entering the publishing business Melara worked as an advertising salesman for a New Orleans radio station.
Within weeks of becoming governor in January 2008, Jindal appointed Melara to the Louisiana Superdome Commission.
Jindal’s education reform package is not his own any more than prison privatization or the overhaul of state employee retirement can be claimed by him as original ideas. He has his marching orders and ALEC is calling the shots [hyperlink ours].