February 25, 2009
Charles W. Hopper
P.O. Box 37893
Shreveport, LA 71133
RE: Ethics Board Docket No. 2008-929
Dear Mr. Hopper:
The Louisiana Board of Ethics, acting as the Supervisory Committee on Campaign Finance Disclosure, at its February 19-20, 2009 meeting, considered your request for an advisory opinion concerning the propriety of amending Eddie Brossette’s 30-P campaign finance report filed in connection with his campaign for District Judge in the October 4, 2008 election. You stated that you erroneously listed $20,000 in personal funds as a contribution to Mr Brossette’s 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) 763-8777.
LOUISIANA BOARD OF ETHICS
Alesia M. Ardoin
For the Board