Mr. William E. Rowell
754 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
RE: Ethics Board Docket No. 2008-1062
Dear Mr. Rowell:
The Louisiana Board of Ethics (“Board”), after conducting a confidential investigation, finds that you, William Rowell, 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:
William Rowell was a registered Executive Branch Louisiana Lobbyist for the year of 2008. Mr. Rowell 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. Rowell’s expenditure report due on August 15, 2008 was filed 12 days later than the statutory deadline.
Due to Mr. Rowell’s filing his 2008 Executive Branch Lobbyist Expenditure Report due on August 15, 2008, 12 days late, Msr. Rowell 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. Rowell be fined $300, of which the entire amount is to be suspended based upon Mr. Rowell’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