2007-224a
Created By: Sylvia Scott on 07/31/2009 at 10:02 AM
Category: Campaign Finance Rulings
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LOUISIANA BOARD OF ETHICS

DATED: July 29, 2009 OPINION NO.: 2007-224a

RE: In the Matter of Paul Penton

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 Paul Penton, a successful candidate for Bogalusa City Council in the September 30, 2006 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 Paul Penton, the Board now makes the following essential:
I.
FINDINGS OF FACT
1.
Paul Penton was a successful candidate for Bogalusa City Council in the September 30, 2006 election.
2.
Paul Penton filed campaign finance disclosure reports in connection with the September 30, 2006 election; however, he failed to include in his reports expenditures made in connection with his campaign including expenditures for campaign ads and expenditures for printed materials.
3.
Information provided to the Board shows that Mr. Penton made expenditures totaling $432.08 to The Daily News in connection with campaign ads that were not originally disclosed on his campaign finance disclosure reports.
4.
Information provided to the Board shows that Mr. Penton made expenditures totaling $281.58 to Delta Printing in connection with campaign literature that were not originally disclosed on his campaign finance disclosure reports.
5.
Mr. Penton was assessed late fees totaling $1,100 for the untimely filing of his campaign finance disclosure reports.
6.
Mr. Penton has filed amended reports disclosing all expenditures made in connection with his campaign.
II.
APPLICABLE LAW
1.
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.

III.

OPINION

Based on the facts as outlined above, it is the opinion of the Board that Paul Penton violated Section 1505.1.C of the Campaign Finance Disclosure Act. It is further the opinion of the Board that a $200 penalty, payable to Treasurer of the State of Louisiana, should be imposed upon Paul Penton for the violation of the Campaign Finance Disclosure Act.
IV.
DECREE AND ORDER
For the foregoing reasons:
IT IS ORDERED, ADJUDGED AND DECREED that the Board finds as a matter of fact and as a conclusion of law that Paul Penton violated Section 1505.1.C of the Campaign Finance Disclosure Act. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED, ADJUDGED AND DECREED that a civil penalty of $200, payable to the Treasurer of the State of Louisiana, be imposed upon Paul Penton for the violation of the Campaign Finance Disclosure Act.
By Order of the Board this 29th day of July 2009.



s/Frank P. Simoneaux s/Scott E. Frazier
Frank P. Simoneaux, Chairman Scott E. Frazier, Vice-Chairman
s/Dr. Robert P. Bareikis s/Gail E. Bowman (Rev.)
Dr. Robert P. Bareikis Rev. Gail E. Bowman


s/James G. Boyer s/Gary G. Hymel
James G. Boyer Gary G. Hymel


s/Jean M. Ingrassia s/C. W. Lowrey, M.D.
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.



CONSENT

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/Paul Penton 5/27/09
Paul Penton Date
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