2008-1063
Created By: Sylvia Scott on 01/12/2010 at 08:41 AM
Category: Lobbyist Rulings
Caption:
Dismissed Document:

Mr. Desmond Browne
754 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

RE: Ethics Board Docket No. 2008-1063

Dear Mr. Browne:

The Louisiana Board of Ethics (“Board”), after conducting a confidential investigation, finds that you, Desmond Browne, violated Section 75 of the Executive Branch Lobbyist Disclosure Act (LSA-R.S. 49:75). The following information obtained by the Board during the course of its investigation suggests the following:

Desmond Browne was a registered Executive Branch Louisiana Lobbyist for the year of 2008. Mr. Browne filed his 2008 Executive Branch Lobbyist Expenditure Report, due August 15, 2008, 12 days late.

During 2008, Section 75 of the Executive Branch Lobbyist Disclosure Act, mandated that expenditure reports be filed on August 15, 2008, disclosing the expenditures made during the period of January 1, 2008 through June 30, 2008. Additionally, Section 78D(2) of the Executive Branch Lobbyist Disclosure Act indicates that any person whose registration or report is filed eleven or more days after the day on which it was due shall be assessed, in addition to any late fees, a civil penalty not to exceed ten thousand dollars. In this case, Mr. Browne’s expenditure report due on August 15, 2008 was filed 12 days later than the statutory deadline.

Due to Mr. Browne’s filing his 2008 Executive Branch Lobbyist Expenditure Report due on August 15, 2008, 12 days late, Mr. Browne violated Section 75 of the Executive Branch Lobbyist Disclosure Act. The Board further concluded that, in accordance with Section 78D(2) of the Executive Branch Lobbyist Disclosure Act, Mr. Browne be fined $300, of which the entire amount is to be suspended based upon Mr. Browne’s future compliance with the Executive Branch Lobbyist Disclosure Act.

By Order of the Board this 18th day of December 2009.


s/Frank P. Simoneaux s/Scott E. Frazier
Frank P. Simoneaux, Chairman Scott E. Frazier, Vice-Chairman



s/Dr. Robert P. Bareikis Absent and did not participate.
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/Dr. Cedric W. Lowrey
Jean M. Ingrassia Dr. Cedric W. Lowrey



s/M. Blake Monrose Absent and did not participate.
M. Blake Monrose Scott D. Schneider



Absent and did not participate.
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 the conduct as described above, violated Section 75 of the Executive Branch Lobbyist Disclosure Act; (d) acknowledges the publication of this letter; and (e) agrees not to seek judicial review of the findings and actions taken in this opinion.

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