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... and Penny Antes, Too 

  Gov. Bobby Jindal's annual campaign finance report, which he filed with the state Ethics Board earlier this month, details more than $4.7 million in 2009 contributions. According to the Louisiana Republican Party, more than 73 percent of Jindal's donors gave $100 or less last year. But, in political circles, it's the donors who give the maximum $5,000 per election cycle that get all the attention. More than 500 businesses and individuals reached that financial peak last year for Jindal. Then there were Kenneth Chalmers of Palatine, Ill., and Eli Shefter of San Diego, Calif., who each gave Jindal a penny on Feb. 25, 2009, making them Jindal's smallest (in financial terms) donors. Coincidentally or not, their penny antes came the day after Jindal's response to President Barack Obama's joint address to Congress, which was immediately panned and lampooned around the nation. To view Jindal's latest campaign finance report, visit http://tinyurl.com/jindalfinance. — Jeremy Alford  

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