May 8, 2008
Mr. George Sutton
1647 Stanford Avenue
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
RE: Ethics Board Docket No. 2007-581
Dear Mr. Sutton:
The Louisiana Board of Ethics (“Board”), after conducting a confidential investigation, finds that George Sutton 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:
George Sutton was a registered Louisiana Legislative Lobbyist for the year of 2006. Mr. Sutton indicated to the Ethics Board, through the filing of his Lobbying Expenditure Report, due on August 15, 2006, that he made $0 worth of expenditures during the month of January 1, 2006 through June 31, 2006. Mr. Sutton then indicated to the Ethics Board, through the filing of his Legislative Lobbying Expenditure Report due February 15, 2007, that he had made $373.45 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. Sutton’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. Sutton’s failure to file an accurate Lobbyist Expenditure Report categorizing the expenditures made by Mr. Sutton during the time period of January 1, 2006 through June, 2006, Mr. Sutton violated Section 55 of the Lobbyist Disclosure Act. The Board further concluded that a fine of $300 be imposed against Mr. George Sutton, 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 Perret 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/George Sutton 4/21/08
George Sutton Date