Conservative group cries foul over name of Jindal’s new political organization

Cease and desist letter sent to governor’s American Future Project.

AB Wire

WASHINGTON, DC: Even though he hasn’t announced his candidacy yet, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has just got a small taste of the friendly fire that awaits him in the Republican primary should he decide to run for president in 2016.

The Iowa nonprofit American Future Fund has sent a cease and desist letter to Jindal’s new political group, American Future Project, asking it to change its name, CNN.com reports.

In the letter, which was obtained by CNN, Jason Torchinsky, an attorney representing the American Future Fund, “said the similarities in the two names would result in people being ‘confused or misled,’” the report said.

“As a result of your use of the name ‘American Future Project,’ viewers of your communications could reasonably believe that you are speaking for the well established American Future Fund or American Future Fund Political Action,” the letter states, according to CNN.

The American Future Fund Political Action is the political arm of the American Future Fund, which is a conservative advocacy group that promotes conservative and free market policies.

Founded in 2008, the Des Moines-based group has raised and spent tens of millions. In 2012, according to a report it filed with the Internal Revenue Service, the group raised nearly $68 million and spent all but $2 million.

Jindal formed his American Future Project recently. The Des Moines Register reported last week that the group was sending three staffers to Iowa.

 

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