Created By: Jenny Arnaud on 03/31/2008 at 04:48 PM
Category: Lobbyist Charges
March 31, 2008
Ms. Courtney Thornton
130 Eastview Drive
New Orleans, LA 70128
Re: Ethics Board Docket No. 2007-583
To: Courtney Thornton
The Louisiana Board of Ethics, at its March 13, 2008 meeting, concluded a private investigation into information received by the Board of Ethics.
Following this private investigation, the Board, by a majority vote of its membership, at its March 13, 2008 meeting, ordered that a public hearing be conducted for the purpose of exploring the following:
That Courtney Thornton, violated Section 24:55D(1)(a) of the Lobbyist Disclosure Act [LSA R.S. 24:55D(1)(a)] by virtue of her filing a February 2007 Expenditure Report which failed to contain all expenditures made during each reporting period in the year 2006.
That Courtney Thornton, violated Section 24:55D(1)(c) of the Lobbyist Disclosure Act [LSA R.S. 24:55D(1)(c)] by virtue of her filing a February 2007 Expenditure Report which failed to contain the aggregate total of expenditures for all reporting periods during the calendar year 2006.
The hearing will be held at 10:00a.m., August 14, 2008 in the Louisiana Housing Finance Agency Building, 2415 Quail Drive, 1st Floor, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
This public hearing will be conducted in accordance with the procedural requirements set forth in Section 1141E and 1143 of the Code, 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 the civil sanctions contained in Part III, Subpart C of the Code.
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 Michael Dupree, the designated trial attorney, or Deborah Grier, the Executive Secretary, at (225) 763-8777 or (800) 842-6630.
LOUISIANA BOARD OF ETHICS
Henry C. Perret, Jr.