Created By: Sylvia Scott on 03/15/2007 at 01:46 PM
Category: Campaign Finance Advisory Opinions
Dismissed Document:

March 13, 2007

The Honorable Hollis H. Downs
State Representative, District 12
207 W. Mississippi Avenue, Suite 300
Ruston, LA 71270

Re: Ethics Board Docket No. 2007-148

Dear Representative Downs:

The Louisiana Board of Ethics, in its capacity as the Supervisory Committee on Campaign Finance Disclosure, at its March 8, 2007 meeting, considered your request for an advisory opinion as to the appropriate use of campaign funds in connection with the purchase of a dwelling or vehicle used for legislative purposes.

R.S. 18:1505.2I of the Campaign Finance Disclosure Act prohibits the use of campaign funds for any personal use unrelated to your political campaign or the holding of public office. With respect to each of your questions, the Board concluded, and instructed me to inform you as to the following:

1. May you purchase or lease, with campaign funds, a vehicle and use it in your legislative duties?

2. May you use campaign funds to purchase or rent a dwelling in Baton Rouge and use it for your legislative duties?