Created By: Sylvia Scott on 08/27/1999 at 02:08 PM
Category: Campaign Finance Advisory Opinions
Dismissed Document:

July 16, 1999

Mr. Charles C. Barham
Executive Director
Casino Association of Louisiana
P. O. Box 3801
Baton Rouge, LA 70821

Re: Ethics Board Docket No. 99-424

Dear Mr. Barham:

The Louisiana Board of Ethics, at its July 15, 1999 meeting, considered your request for an advisory opinion concerning the participation of riverboat casinos, management employees of casinos, and other casino employees in political campaign activities. The Board reviewed specifically the provisions of R.S. 18:1505.2L and responded to your specific questions as follows:

(1) Can an employee make a campaign contribution?

(2) Can the casino make a campaign contribution?

(3) Can the management of the casino make a contribution?

(4) Can an employee place a yard sign at the home supporting a candidate?

(5) Can an employee volunteer time to work on a phone bank, canvas neighborhoods, in favor of a candidate, help in the management or coordination of a candidate’s campaign?

A: An employee may volunteer time to support a candidate.
Docket No. 99-424
(6) Which employees or stockholders are prohibited by law from making campaign contributions?
(7) Can management and key employee personnel assist a candidate financially or in any other manner?

(8) Can a casino organize a "get out the vote" phone bank if general in nature and does not ask the voter to support a particular candidate or issue?

(9) All casinos produce an employee in house newsletter. Within that newsletter, can the casino encourage its employees to vote for or against a specific candidate?

(10) The Executive Director of the Casino Association of Louisiana is compensated through the payment of dues by the riverboat casinos who are members of the association. Can the Executive Director of the Casino Association make campaign contributions and/or participate in any other manner in political campaigns?

If you have any other questions, please call me at 922-1400.



Maris LeBlanc McCrory
For the Board

cc: The Honorable Hillary Crain, Gaming Control Board