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Superlawyer Behind Citizens United Joins Jindal Team

The conservative superlawyer who played a role in the Citizens United case, Jim Bopp, is signing on with Bobby Jindal’s nascent presidential campaign as an legal adviser to Jindal’s think tank, America Next. 

“If and when Jindal becomes a candidate for President, Bopp will be on board,” says a Jindal adviser. A former vice chairman of the Republican National Committee and chairman of its conservative steering committee, Bopp will also work his network of conservative contacts — and RNC members — across the country on Jindal’s behalf.

Bopp has devoted the bulk of his professional life to demolishing campaign-finance restrictions. He not only represented the conservative activist group Citizens United in its 2010 challenge to the McCain-Feingold Act (Ted Olson took over the case and argued it before the Supreme Court), but he has taken on dozens of similar restrictions on the state level across the country. 

The official announcement of his hire, which is expected mid-day Thursday, comes amid a flurry of staffing decisions in the 2016 cycle: Scott Walker confirmed Wednesday that he has settled on his top foreign- and domestic-policy advisers as well as on key staffers in the early primary state of New Hampshire, and Jeb Bush last week announced that he has chosen a top foreign-policy adviser. 

“Bobby Jindal has demonstrated that he is a full spectrum conservative with the courage and skill to devise, promote, and implement a strong conservative agenda,” Bopp said in a statement. “The conservative policy plans he has authored at America Next and the strong record of achievement he has amassed in Louisiana and throughout his career are unparalleled. I am honored to work with him developing innovative conservative solutions for America’s future.”

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