Created By: Claudia Holland on 10/22/2002 at 03:12 PM
Category: Campaign Finance Charges
October 15, 2002
Ms. Gail Masters, Chairman
New Alliance Business Political Action Committee
c/o Attorney John D. Rawls
1000 Bourbon Street, PMB 209
New Orleans, LA 70116-2708
Re: Ethics Board Docket No. 2002-059
Dear Ms. Masters:
The Louisiana Board of Ethics, at its October 10, 2002 meeting, considered an investigation report concerning allegations that campaign finance disclosure reports filed by New Alliance Business PAC for the February 2, 2002 election may have been inaccurate.
The Board, by a majority vote of its membership, ordered that a public hearing be conducted for the purpose of exploring the following:
That New Alliance Business Political Action Committee, and its Chairman, Gail Masters, 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 connection with the February 5, 2002 election, in the following manner:
C listing Liberty Bank & Trust as the committee’s campaign depository when the committee, did not maintain a bank account;
C itemizing contributions received when the committee did not maintain a bank account;
C listing expenditures made, when the committee did not maintain a bank account; and
C failing to itemize expenditures made through a public relations firm, advertising agency, or agent, as required by Section 1491.7C of the CFDA.
Docket No. 2002-059
Page of 2
The hearing will be held in the Louisiana Housing Finance Agency Building Board Room, 2415 Quail Drive, 1st Floor, Baton Rouge, Louisiana at 9:00 A.M. on January 9, 2003.
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 R. Gray Sexton or Maris LeBlanc McCrory at (225) 922-1400 or (800) 842-6630.
LOUISIANA BOARD OF ETHICS
Robert L. Roland
For the Board
Return Receipt Requested