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Category: Campaign Finance Rulings
LOUISIANA BOARD OF ETHICSDATE: February 17, 2011 OPINION NO.: 2010-025
RE: In the Matter of Brent Callais
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 Brent Callais, an unsuccessful candidate for State Senate, District 20 in the August 1, 2009 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 Brent Callais, the Board now makes the following:
I. Brent Callais was an unsuccessful candidate for State Senate, District 20 in the August 1, 2009 election.
FINDINGS OF FACT
2. Brent Callais timely filed campaign finance disclosure reports in connection with the August 1, 2009 election; however, he failed to include in his reports expenditures made to Bayou Signs and Outdoors for billboards.
3. Information provided to the Board shows that Brent Callais made expenditures totaling $39,087.20 to Bayou Signs and Outdoors for billboards that were not originally disclosed on her campaign finance disclosure reports.
4. On April 24, 2010, Brent Callais filed amended reports disclosing all expenditures made in connection with his campaign.
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 Brent Callais violated Section 1505.1.C of the Campaign Finance Disclosure Act. It is further the opinion of the Board that a $2,500 penalty, payable to the Treasurer of the State of Louisiana, should be imposed upon Brent Callais 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 Brent Callais violated Section 1505.1.C of the Campaign Finance Disclosure Act.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED, ADJUDGED AND DECREED that a civil penalty of $2,500, payable to the Treasurer of the State of Louisiana, be imposed upon Brent Callais for the violation of the Campaign Finance Disclosure Act.
By Order of the Board this 18th day of February 2011.
s/Frank P. Simoneaux s/James G. Boyer
Frank P. Simoneaux, Chairman James G. Boyer, Vice Chairman
s/Dr. Robert P. Bareikis s/Rev. Gail E. Bowman
Dr. Robert P. Bareikis Rev. Gail E. Bowman
Absent and did not participate. s/Gary G. Hymel
Dr. Louis Leggio 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/Brent Callais 12/15/11
Brent Callais Date