Lee Zurik does Ethics Board’s job Thursday, Feb 27 2014
Investigative reporter for WVUE-TV in New Orleans Lee Zurik did the job that the Heh, Heh, Heh, Ethics Board has refused to do. He enforced the Campaign Practices Law! ( See story here.)
When Buddy Roemer was the governor a law was passed limiting the amount of money that Political Action Committees (“PAC”) could give political candidates. However, the law has NEVER BEEN ENFORCED.
Thanks to Zurik exposing some of the violators, almost $300,000 has been returned by the politicians to the PACs.
Among the biggest violators of the law are the presiding officers of the Senate and House and a statewide elected official. Other incumbent leges and former leges still refuse to comply with the law and the Ethics Board does nothing.
“As I understand it, they’re just going to pay back the money,” notes Forgotston. “That’s like me getting caught, robbing a bank. I’d say, ‘Oops, you caught me, here’s all the money back – see you around.’ No jail time, no penalties, nothing. And that’s exactly what seems to be the situation… these are lawmakers. Not only are you and I held to know what the law is, but the lawmakers who made the laws – and specifically made these new ethics laws – should know exactly what’s in them.” Ibid.
Bobby Jindal goes around the country bragging about the new “gold standard of ethics” in Louisiana. However, the people he and the leges chose to enforce the law are “goldbricking.”
Aristotle said it best: “Good laws, if they are not obeyed, do not constitute good government.”
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