2009-203
Created By: Lauren Abrams on 05/08/2009 at 11:25 AM
Category: Campaign Finance Advisory Opinions
Caption: The Campaign Finance Disclosure Act prohibits a candidate from amending his campaign finance disclosure reports to change contributions to loans to the campaign.
Dismissed Document:

May 8, 2009

John C. Reeves
Attorney at Law
P.O. Box 219
Harrisonburg, LA 71340

RE: Ethics Board Docket No. 2009-203

Dear Mr. Reeves:

The Louisiana Board of Ethics, acting as the Supervisory Committee on Campaign Finance Disclosure, at its April 28-29, 2009 meeting, considered your request for an advisory opinion concerning the propriety of amending your campaign finance reports filed in connection with your campaign for District Judge in the October 4, 2008 election. You stated that you erroneously listed over $40,000 in personal funds as a contribution to your campaign, rather than a loan.

The Board concluded, and instructed me to inform you, that the Campaign Finance Disclosure Act would prohibit the amendment you described. Because you originally reported the funds as a contribution, repayment is not allowed. The amendment and repayment would result in a violation of the Campaign Finance Disclosure Act, since the information would have been inaccurately reported at the time it was reported.

The Board issues no opinion as to laws other than the Campaign Finance Disclosure Act. If you have any questions, please call me at (800) 842-6630 or (225) 219-5600.


Sincerely,

LOUISIANA BOARD OF ETHICS


Alesia M. Ardoin
For the Board

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