Created By: Elizabeth Sanders on 08/09/2010 at 08:48 AM
Category: Ethics Charges
RETURN RECEIPT REQUESTED
July 19, 2010
Mr. Thomas Robichaux
862 Camp Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Re: Ethics Board Docket No. 2010-585
Dear Mr. Robichaux:
The Louisiana Board of Ethics, at its July 15, 2010 meeting, considered a staff report regarding your failure to file required campaign finance disclosure reports in connection with the May 1, 2010 election.
The Board, by a majority vote of its membership, ordered that a public hearing be conducted for the purpose of exploring the following:
That Thomas Robichaux, a candidate for State Representative, District 93, in the May 1, 2010 election, may have violated Section 1505.1B of the Campaign Finance Disclosure Act (“CFDA”) (La. R.S. 18:1505.1B) by failing to file the campaign finance disclosure report required by the provisions of Section 1532 of the CFDA (La. R.S. 18:1532) to be filed by May 11, 2010 reporting any and all election day expenditures, and is therefore subject to civil penalties of $60 a day until the report is filed, not to exceed $2,000.
That Thomas Robichaux, a candidate for State Representative, District 93, in the May 1, 2010 election, may have violated Section 1505.1B of the Campaign Finance Disclosure Act (“CFDA”) (La. R.S. 18:1505.1B) by failing to file the tenth day prior to the general election (10-G) campaign finance disclosure report required by the provisions of Section 1495.4B(5) of the CFDA (La. R.S. 18:1495.4B(5)) to be filed by May 19, 2010 and covering the reporting period beginning with the date of April 12, 2010 through May 9, 2010, and is therefore subject to civil penalties of $60 a day until the report is filed, not to exceed $2,000.
The hearing will be held in the LaSalle Building, LaBelle Room, 617 N. Third Street, 1st Floor, Baton Rouge, Louisiana on October 15, 2010 at 9:00 a.m. This public hearing will be conducted in accordance with the procedural requirements set forth in R.S. 18:1511.4C, provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act and in conformity with the Rules adopted by the Board, a copy of which is enclosed. At the conclusion of this public hearing, the Board may impose additional civil sanctions of up to $10,000 as per R.S. 18:1505.4A(4)(b).
In order to fully cooperate with you in this matter, the designated trial attorney will, upon request, provide you with copies of all documents that may be introduced into evidence and
the names and addresses of all witnesses that the designated trial attorney intends to call.
If you desire the attendance of any witnesses, the Board, through its Executive Secretary, Deborah Grier, can issue subpoenas for those witnesses. In order to have subpoenas issued you must, at least ten (10) days in advance of the hearing, supply the names and addresses of the persons to be subpoenaed to the attention of the Executive Secretary.
If you need any additional information, please contact Alesia M. Ardoin, the designated trial attorney, or Deborah Grier, the Executive Secretary, at (225) 219-5600 or (800) 842-6630.
LOUISIANA BOARD OF ETHICS
Frank P. Simoneaux
For the Board