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Current: Ethics Board investigating Lunsford and his organization

At issue: Did the dark money group violate campaign finance laws?
Posted at 5:37 PM, Sep 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-11 22:46:38-04

The Current is reporting that the Louisiana Board of Ethics is conducting a confidential investigation into Citizens for a New Louisiana, a staunchly conservative anti-tax organization, and its executive director, Michael Lunsford.

Ethics Board investigations are confidential, but the Current reports that the board’s decision to seek legal remedy from the 19th Judicial District Court in Baton Rouge last month revealed the probe into whether Citizens for a New Louisiana, which Ethics refers to as CNLA, violated the state campaign finance disclosure laws. While the board did ask the court to seal its pleading and all of the exhibits accompanying it, The Current was able to obtain the document from the East Baton Rouge Parish Clerk of Court’s Office on Aug. 21.

The court filing does not disclose specifics of the investigation but does state that the inquiry has been underway since April 11, the Current reports. The board contends in the pleading that Lunsford sought to “avoid compliance and responsibility” by failing to adequately respond to its subpoena for documents which was issued in June.

The Current reports that the documents reveal the investigation has been going on since at least April.

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To read story about campaign spending by Lunsford's group, click here.

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