Created By: Sylvia Scott on 01/27/2010 at 10:50 AM
Category: Campaign Finance Rulings
LOUISIANA BOARD OF ETHICS
DATE: January 15, 2010 OPINION NO.: 2008-998
RE: In the Matter of Joseph B. Cormier
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 Joseph B. Cormier, an unsuccessful candidate for City Marshal, Lafayette City Court in the October 4, 2008 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 Joseph B. Cormier, the Board now makes the following:
I. Joseph B. Cormier was an unsuccessful candidate for City Marshal, Lafayette City Court in the October 4, 2008 election.
FINDINGS OF FACT
2. Joseph B. Cormier timely filed a thirtieth day prior to the primary election (30-P) campaign finance disclosure report on September 8, 2008 in connection with the October 4, 2008 election; however, he failed to include a $900 expenditure to KLFY Television and a $1,000 expenditure to KATC Television.
3. Joseph B. Cormier filed an amended 30-P report on March 4, 2009 including a Shedule E-1 which accurately disclosed the $900 expenditure to KLFY Television and a $1,000 expenditure to KATC Television.
II. 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.
Based on the facts as outlined above, it is the opinion of the Board that Joseph B. Cormier violated Section 1505.1.C of the Campaign Finance Disclosure Act. It is further the opinion of the Board that a $1,000 penalty with all but $400 of the fine suspended based on future compliance with the Campaign Finance Disclosure Act, payable to Treasurer of the State of Louisiana, should be imposed upon Joseph B. Cormier for the violation of the Campaign Finance Disclosure Act.
IV.For the foregoing reasons:
DECREE AND ORDER
IT IS ORDERED, ADJUDGED AND DECREED that the Board finds as a matter of fact and as a conclusion of law that Joseph B. Cormier 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 with all but $400 of the fine suspended based on future compliance with the Campaign Finance Disclosure Act, payable to the Treasurer of the State of Louisiana, be imposed upon Joseph Cormier for the violation of the Campaign Finance Disclosure Act.
By Order of the Board this 15th day of January 2010.
s/Frank P. Simoneaux s/Scott E. Frazier
Frank P. Simoneaux, Chairman Scott E. Frazier, Vice-Chairman
s/Dr. Robert P. Bareikis s/Rev. Gail E. Bowman
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/Dr. Cedric W. Lowrey
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.
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 his 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/Joseph B. Cormier 12/18/09
Joseph B. Cormier Date