More than $9 million total was spent on U.S. Sen. David Vitter's ad campaign — compared to only $6 million to boost state Rep. (and now governor-elect) John Bel Edwards.
The Center for Public Integrity found that Vitter's 14,656 ads cost $4,117,390, and Edwards' campaign spent $3,212,040 on 11,051 ads. The pro-Vitter Fund for Louisiana's Future spent nearly $4 million on 7,895 ads, and the anti-Vitter Gumbo PAC spent less than $2 million on 3,568 ads.
Meanwhile, Gov. Bobby Jindal spent $400,000 taxpayer dollars for police protection and travel in the last several months of his failed bid for president, according to WVUE-TV. State troopers traveled (and ate and stayed in hotels) with Jindal's campaign in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Ohio.
Louisiana Treasurer John Kennedy told WVUE, "When you're running for president, it has nothing to do with Louisiana taxpayers. ... He ought to pay for it."