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BATON ROUGE, La. - A Washington fundraising heavyweight is helping to set up federal and state super PACs to support U.S. Sen. David Vitter, a move that heightens speculation that Vitter is eyeing a bid to run for governor.

Lawyer Charlie Spies told The Associated Press that Vitter supporters filed paperwork Monday with federal and state agencies creating The Fund for Louisiana's Future, a pro-Vitter political action committee.

The federal super PAC could support a Vitter re-election bid in 2016, while a state PAC could aid him if he decides to launch a gubernatorial campaign in 2015.

Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal is term-limited and can't run again. Vitter has sidestepped questions about his interest in the governor's race, but hasn't squelched the speculation.

Spies co-founded the pro-Mitt Romney super PAC Restore Our Future.

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