May 8, 2008
Mr. Don Hidalgo
4637 Jamestown Avenue
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
RE: Ethics Board Docket No. 2007-585
Dear Mr. Hidalgo:
The Louisiana Board of Ethics (“Board”), after conducting a confidential investigation, finds that Don Hidalgo violated Section 55 of the Lobbyist Disclosure Act (LSA-R.S. 25:55). The following information obtained by the Board during the course of its investigation suggests the following:
Don Hidalgo was a registered Louisiana Legislative Lobbyist for the year of 2006. Mr. Hidalgo indicated to the Ethics Board, through the filing of his Lobbying Expenditure Report, due on August 15, 2006, that he made $500 worth of expenditures during the month of January 1, 2006 through June 31, 2006. Mr. Hidalgo then indicated to the Ethics Board, through the filing of his Legislative Lobbying Expenditure Report due February 15, 2007, that he had made $700 worth of expenditures during from January 1, 2006 though June 31, 2006.
Section 55D of the Lobbyist Disclosure Act mandates that expenditure reports filed with the Ethics Board contain the total of all expenditures during each reporting period. In this case, Mr. Hidalgo’s expenditure report due on August 15, 2006 did not contain the total amount of expenditures made during the time period from January 1, 2006 through June 31, 2006.
Due to Mr. Hidalgo’s failure to file an accurate Lobbyist Expenditure Report categorizing the expenditures made by Mr. Hidalgo during the time period of January 1, 2006 through June, 2006, Mr. Hidalgo violated Section 55 of the Lobbyist Disclosure Act. The Board further concluded that a penalty of $300 be imposed upon Mr. Don Hidalgo, of which the full $300 will be suspended based upon future compliance with the Lobbyist Disclosure Act.
By Order of the Board this 8th day of May 2008.
s/Hank Peret s/John W. Greene
Henry C. Perret, Chairman Judge John W. Greene, Vice-Chairman
s/Herbert V. Baptiste, Sr. Absent and did not participate.
Dr. Herbert V. Baptiste, Sr. Clayton Davis
Absent and did not participate. s/Gwendolyn P. Hamilton
Dr. Joanne C. Ferriot Gwendolyn P. Hamilton
s/Michael T. Johnson s/C. W. Lowrey, M.D.
Michael T. Johnson Dr. Cedric Lowrey
Absent and did not participate. s/Ernest Douglas Peterson
Joseph Maselli Dr. Ernest Douglas Peterson
s/Dolores R. Spikes
Dr. Dolores R. Spikes
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 the conduct as described above, violated Section 55 of the Lobbyist Disclosure Act; (d) consents to the publication of this letter; and (e) agrees not to seek judicial review of the findings and actions taken in this opinion.
s/Don Hidalgo 2/8/08
Don Hidalgo Date