October 19, 2010
Mr. G. Thomas Arbour
701 North Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Re: Ethics Board Docket No. 2010-932
Dear Mr. Arbour:
The Louisiana Board of Ethics, in its capacity as the Supervisory Committee on Campaign Finance Disclosure, at its October 15, 2010 meeting, considered your request for an advisory opinion as to the interpretation of Section 1485(C) of the Campaign Finance Disclosure Act regarding the electronic filing of campaign finance disclosure reports.
The Board concluded, and instructed me to inform you, that you are required to electronically file your campaign finance disclosure reports in connection with the October 2, 2010 election. R.S. 18:1485(C) provides that each candidate for a major or district office that receives contributions or loans in excess of twenty-five thousand dollars in the aggregate during the aggregating period or that makes expenditures in excess of twenty-five thousand dollars in the aggregate during the aggregating period shall electronically file reports of contributions and expenditures with the supervisory committee. The statute clearly states that the $25,000 amount includes the amount of contributions and loans received in the aggregate. Therefore, a candidate is required to electronically file his reports when the total amount of any contributions received plus any loans received exceeds $25,000.
This advisory opinion is based solely on the facts as set forth herein. Changes to the facts as presented may result in a different application of the provisions of the Code of Governmental Ethics. The Board issues no opinion as to past conduct or laws other than the Code of Governmental Ethics. If you have any questions, please contact me at (225) 219-5600 or (800) 842-6630.
LOUISIANA BOARD OF ETHICS
Alesia M. Ardoin
For the Board