2007-326
Created By: Elizabeth Sanders on 05/14/2007 at 09:38 AM
Category: Campaign Finance Advisory Opinions
Caption: An advisory opinion that the Iberia Parish President was not prohibited from using campaign funds for fees incurred in connection with his response to a legislative audit of the parish.
Dismissed Document:


May 12, 2007


Paul J. Hebert
Ottinger Hebert, L.L.C.
P. O. Drawer 52606
Lafayette, LA 70505-2606

Re: Ethics Board Docket No. 2007-326

Dear Mr. Hebert:

The Louisiana Board of Ethics, in its capacity as Supervisory Committee on Campaign Finance Disclosure, at its May 10, 2007 meeting, considered your request for an advisory opinion as to the propriety of your client, Will Langlinais, using campaign funds to pay for the legal fees he incurred in connection with a Legislative Auditor's investigation of the Iberia Parish Government. Mr. Langlinais, who serves as the Iberia Parish President, incurred expenses associated with legal advice and representation provided by your law firm during the course of the Legislative Auditor's investigation of the parish government and final report.

The Board concluded, and instructed me to inform you, that the Campaign Finance Disclosure Act permits Mr. Langlinais to use campaign funds to pay for the legal fees he incurred in connection with the preparation of the response to the Legislative Auditor's investigation. R.S. 18:1505.2(I) provides that campaign funds should not be used for any personal use unrelated to a political campaign or the holding of public office. Since the preparation of their response to the Legislative Auditor's investigation involved Mr. Langlinais' activities as parish president, the use of campaign funds for the legal fees incurred is permitted.

The Board issues no opinion as to laws other than the Louisiana Campaign Finance Disclosure Act. If you have any questions, please contact me at (225) 763-8777 or (800) 842-6630.

Sincerely,

LOUISIANA BOARD OF ETHICS



Kathleen M. Allen
For the Board

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