2005-533
Created By: Sylvia Scott on 04/18/2006 at 01:38 PM
Category: Campaign Finance Rulings
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Dismissed Document:


LOUISIANA BOARD OF ETHICS
acting as the
SUPERVISORY COMMITTEE ON CAMPAIGN FINANCE DISCLOSURE

DATED: April 13, 2006 OPINION NO: 2005-533

The Louisiana Board of Ethics (the “Board”), in its capacity as the Supervisory Committee on Campaign Finance Disclosure, pursuant to the authority contained in Section 1511.4 of the Campaign Finance Disclosure Act (the “CFDA”) (LSA-R.S. 18:1481, et. seq.), conducted a private investigation concerning information that Scott Sledge may have violated Section 1505.1C of the CFDA by failing to accurately report the receipt of an in-kind contribution.
On the basis of information obtained during the investigation, and with the concurrence of Scott Sledge, the Board now makes the following essential:
I.
FINDINGS OF FACT
1.
Scott Sledge was an unsuccessful candidate for the 21st Judicial District Court judge seat in the April 2, 2005 election.
2.
Jeffrey Johnson, a law partner of Mr. Sledge, in the law firm Rolling, Perrilloux, Sledge & Johnson, LLP, mailed approximately 493 letters to clients and church members, under his signature. The following expenses were incurred by the law firm: $129 in clerical hours and $184.41 in postage.
3.
Mr. Sledge was aware that the letters were being mailed by Mr. Johnson.
II.
APPLICABLE LAW

Section 1495.5 of the CFDA provides that a candidate shall report in-kind contributions received.
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LSA-R.S. 18:1483(6)(b) defines “in-kind contribution” as follows:
III.
OPINION
It is the opinion of the Board that Scott Sledge violated Section 1505.1C of the CFDA by virtue of his receipt of an in-kind contribution, totaling $311.41 that was made by the law firm to disseminate the mailout of the letter under Mr. Johnson's signature. Section 1505.1C of the CFDA provides that candidates shall accurately file campaign finance disclosure reports.
Given the facts and circumstances of this case, the Board is of the opinion that a $200 penalty should be imposed on Scott Sledge.
IV.
DECREE AND ORDER
For the foregoing reasons:
IT IS ORDERED, ADJUDGED AND DECREED that the Board finds as a matter of fact and as a conclusion of law that Scott Sledge violated Section 1505.1C by failing to disclose the receipt of an in-kind expenditure from the law firm, Rolling, Perrilloux, Sledge & Johnson, LLP.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED, ADJUDGED AND DECREED that a $200 penalty, payable to the Treasurer of the State of Louisiana, be imposed on Scott Sledge for violating Section 1505.1C of the CFDA.
By Order of the Board this 13th day of April, 2006.




s/Robert L. Roland s/Hank Perret
Robert L. Roland, Chairman Henry C. Perret, Jr., Vice-Chairman

s/John W. Greene s/Gwendolyn P. Hamilton
Judge John W. Greene Gwendolyn P. Hamilton



s/E. L. Guidry, Jr. s/R. L. Hargrove, Jr.
Judge E. L. Guidry, Jr. R. L. Hargrove, Jr.



s/Michael T. Johnson s/Michael J. Kantrow, Sr.
Michael T. Johnson Michael J. Kantrow, Sr.



s/Joseph Maselli s/Ascension Delgado Smith
Joseph Maselli Ascension Delgado Smith



s/Dolores Spikes
Dr. Dolores Spikes

CONSENT

The undersigned (a) stipulates to the facts found by the Board; (b) waives the procedural requirements contained in R. S. 18:1511.1 et seq; (c) violates Section 1505.1C of the Campaign Finance Disclosure Act; (d) consents to the publication of this opinion; (e) agrees to comply with the conditions and orders set forth in this opinion; and (f) agrees not to seek judicial review of the findings and actions taken in this opinion.

s/Scott Sledge 2/1/06
Scott Sledge Date
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