The Advocate reports most of the time was spent campaigning for other candidates
According to a published report, Governor Bobby Jindal spent at least 86 days out of state in 2012, mostly campaigning for other candidates.
The Advocate reports that Jindal campaiged for Mitt Romney, Texas Governor Rick Perry, two U.S. Senators and the governors of North Dakota and Wisconsin. He addressed state GOP organizations in Arkansas and Alabama, the Conservative Politicial Action Conference, a meeting of the American Federation for Children and he attended several events organized by the Republican Governors Association.
Jindal reportedly visited more than half of the 50 states last year.
The newspaper reports that Jindal's travel expenses including hotels and air travel were picked up by various Republican supporters and campaigns, but Louisiana taxpayers footed the bill for his security team.
The Advocate reports that taxpayers paid $65,000 to feed, house and "often, fly" the state police troopers and other officers who accompanied him.
In an email to The Advocate, Jindal said, "As far as State Police, they have a legal duty to provide protection. As far as how, when, and where they do that — that’s up to them. We leave all security determinations up to the State Police. I trust them to do their job — and I am grateful for their service."