Created By: Sylvia Scott on 12/14/2000 at 01:07 PM
Category: Campaign Finance Charges
Dismissed Document:

December 4, 2000

James DeSonier
600 Covington Center
Covington, LA 70433

RE: Ethics Board Docket No. 2000-308

Dear Mr. DeSonier:

The Louisiana Board of Ethics, at its November 30, 2000 meeting, considered an investigation report concerning your campaign finance disclosure reports for the October 23, 1999 election.

The Board, by a majority vote of its membership, ordered that a public hearing be conducted for the purpose of exploring the following:


That James DeSonier, candidate for Senate, District 6 in the October 23, 1999 election, violated Section 1505.1C of the Campaign Finance Disclosure Act (“CFDA”) (La. R.S. 18:1505.1C) by failing to accurately file campaign finance disclosure reports in the following manner:
C failing to report the receipt of an in-kind contribution from Michael St. Martin and/or North Sunrise, LLC for the production of a campaign advertisment known as the Game Show Host commercial that was broadcast by his campaign;
C failing to report the receipt of an in-kind contribution from Michael St. Martin and/or North Sunrise, LLC and/or Mandalay Oil & Gas, L.L.C. for the broadcasting of the Game Show Host campaign commercial; and
C failing to itemize campaign expenses made through his media consultant, St. Raymond Communications.

The hearing will be held in the Louisiana Retirement Systems Building Board Room, 8401 United Plaza, 4th Floor, Baton Rouge, Louisiana on February 15, 2001 at 9:00 a.m.

Mr. DeSonier
December 4, 2000
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This public hearing will be conducted in accordance with the procedural requirements set forth in R.S. 18:1511.4C provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act and in conformity with the Rules adopted by the Board, a copy of which is enclosed.
At the conclusion of this public hearing, the Board may impose the civil sanctions as per R.S. 18:1505.4B.

In order to fully cooperate with you in this matter, we will, upon request, provide you with copies of all documents we may introduce into evidence and the names and addresses of all witnesses we intend to call. If you desire the attendance of any witnesses, the Board can issue subpoenas for those witnesses. In order to have subpoenas issued you must, at least ten (10) days in advance of the hearing, supply the names and addresses of the persons to be subpoenaed and state the reasons that their testimony will be relevant and material.

If I can provide you with any additional information, please call Maris LeBlanc McCrory at (225) 922-1400 or (800) 842-6630.

Yours truly,


Robert L. Roland
For the Board



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