(CNN)-Republican Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal raised $1.7 million for his campaign war chest in the first quarter of this year, according to reports filed with the Louisiana Ethics Administration.
And though he doesn't yet have a challenger for his gubernatorial re-election race, the incumbent governor has $9.5 million in cash on hand to spend in preparation for the October 22 primary.
Shortly after the one-year anniversary of the BP oil spill in the gulf, support for Jindal comes in from over 8,400 individual contributions in 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. He spent $1.3 million in the first fifteen weeks of 2011.
But if he had any presidential hopes, and Jindal has indicated that he does not, he cannot use the funds to launch a campaign to seek the GOP nomination, according to federal election law.