Records: Inside look at Bobby Jindal’s unsuccessful presidential campaign, its $1.4M price tag

Former Gov. Bobby Jindal spent more than $1.4 million on his five-month campaign for president before ending 2015 with no money left in the bank but also no campaign debt, new records show.

Jindal’s presidential campaign filed its termination documents with the Federal Elections Commission on Sunday — the FEC’s most recent financial disclosure deadline. Jindal, who left office Jan. 11, suspended his presidential campaign in November.

In the final months of his fledgling run for president, much of Jindal’s money went to a tight team of consultants. Travel also took up a significant chunk of Jindal’s expenses as he campaigned across Iowa. Jindal, who had hoped a big showing in the Iowa caucuses would propel his candidacy, had set out on a tour of all 99 counties in the first presidential caucus state before ending his run.

Jindal never managed to crack through the competitive Republican field and was repeatedly relegated to the early “undercard” GOP debates. His financial support was eclipsed by bigger names in the race. Among the most recent reports, Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, of Texas, still had $18.7 million in his campaign account at the end of December, followed by U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, of Florida, who had $10.4 million cash remaining. So far, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has taken in more than $155 million in donations, Cruz has raised $89.9 million and Rubio $77.2 million.

An independent committee backing Jindal’s run that hosted dozens of town hall meetings featuring him throughout Iowa spent another $4.5 million on his unsuccessful run, documents show.

Jindal’s campaign took in about $284,266 in donations from October until its end and spent $545,205 during that period. Among his final expenses, Jindal paid $25,000 to get on the ballot in Arkansas, a $10,000 filing fee in Alabama and a $1,000 fee to get on the ticket in New Hampshire.

Jindal, whose campaign team had often noted that he was running a lean effort, paid out several thousands of dollars to consultants in December. On Message, the Virginia-based consulting firm operated by Jindal’s former chief of staff and campaign manager Timmy Teepell was paid $37,674 in the final three months of 2015.

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