September 14, 2007
The Honorable Nicholas J. Lorusso
Johnson, Johnson, Barrios & Yacoubian
701 Poydras Street, Suite 4700
New Orleans, LA 70139-7708
Re: Ethics Board Docket No. 2007-609
Dear Representative Lorusso:
The Louisiana Board of Ethics, acting as the Supervisory Committee on Campaign Finance Disclosure, at its September 13, 2007 meeting, considered your request for an advisory opinion concerning the propriety of you amending your 10-P campaign finance report filed in connection with your campaign for State Representative, District 94 in the March 10, 2007 election. You stated that you erroneously listed $30,000 in personal funds as a contribution to your 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 a time it was pertinent to the voters.
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
Kathleen M. Allen
For the Board