2008-857
Created By: Sylvia Scott on 07/31/2009 at 02:29 PM
Category: Campaign Finance Rulings
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Dismissed Document:


LOUISIANA BOARD OF ETHICS

DATE: July 29, 2009 OPINION NO.: 2008-857

RE: In the Matter of DeAnna Smith

The Louisiana Board of Ethics (“the Board”), in its capacity as the Supervisory Committee on Campaign Finance Disclosure, pursuant to the authority contained in LSA-R.S. 18:1511.4, conducted a confidential investigation concerning information that revealed that DeAnna Smith, a successful candidate for Assessor of West Carroll Parish in the October 20, 2007 election, may have violated provisions of the Campaign Finance Disclosure Act by failing to accurately file campaign finance disclosure reports.
On the basis of information obtained during the investigation, and with the concurrence of DeAnna Smith, the Board now makes the following essential:
I.
FINDINGS OF FACT
1.
DeAnna Smith was a successful candidate for Assessor of West Carroll Parish in the October 20, 2007 election.
2.
DeAnna Smith timely filed campaign finance disclosure reports in connection with the October 20, 2007 election; however, she failed to include in her reports expenditures made in connection with his campaign including expenditures for campaign ads and expenditures for printed materials.
3.
Information provided to the Board shows that DeAnna Smith made expenditures totaling $705.27 to The West Carroll Gazette in connection with campaign ads that were not originally disclosed on her campaign finance disclosure reports.
4.
Information provided to the Board shows that DeAnna Smith made expenditures totaling $1,925.94 to Cottrell Design in connection with campaign literature that were not originally disclosed on her campaign finance disclosure reports.
5.
Information provided to the Board shows that DeAnna Smith made expenditures totaling $360.00 to KWCL in connection with campaign ads that were not originally disclosed on her campaign finance disclosure reports.
6.
DeAnna Smith has filed amended reports disclosing all expenditures made in connection with her campaign.
II.
APPLICABLE LAW
1.
La. R.S. 18:1505.1C provides:
C. Failure to disclose or failure to disclose accurately any information required to be submitted by this Chapter shall constitute a violation of this Chapter.
III.

OPINION

Based on the facts as outlined above, it is the opinion of the Board that DeAnna Smith violated Section 1505.1.C of the Campaign Finance Disclosure Act. It is further the opinion of the Board that a $1,000 penalty, payable to Treasurer of the State of Louisiana, should be imposed upon DeAnna Smith for the violation of the Campaign Finance Disclosure Act.
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 DeAnna Smith violated Section 1505.1.C of the Campaign Finance Disclosure Act.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED, ADJUDGED AND DECREED that a civil penalty of $1,000, payable to the Treasurer of the State of Louisiana, be imposed upon DeAnna Smith for the violation of the Campaign Finance Disclosure Act.
By Order of the Board this 29th day of July 2009.



s/Frank P. Simoneaux s/Scott E. Frazier
Frank P. Simoneaux, Chairman Scott E. Frazier, Vice-Chairman
s/Dr. Robert P. Bareikis s/Gail E. Bowman (Rev.)
Dr. Robert P. Bareikis Rev. Gail E. Bowman


s/James G. Boyer s/Gary G. Hymel
James G. Boyer Gary G. Hymel


s/Jean M. Ingrassia s/C. W. Lowrey, M.D.
Jean M. Ingrassia Dr. Cedric W. Lowrey


s/M. Blake Monrose s/Scott D. Schneider
M. Blake Monrose Scott D. Schneider


s/David Grove Stafford, Jr.
David Grove Stafford, Jr.

CONSENT

The undersigned (a) stipulates to the facts found by the Board; (b) waives the procedural requirements contained in Section 1141 of the Code; c) admits that her conduct, as described above, violated La. R.S. 18:1505.1C of the Campaign Finance Disclosure Act; (d) acknowledges 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/DeAnna Smith 6/23/09
DeAnna Smith Date
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