A formal request for LA Secretary of State’s investigation of Jindal’s official Rand Paul statement

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The text of my email message sent today to the Louisiana Secretary of State’s office:

May 30, 2015

R. Kyle Ardoin
First Assistant

Secretary of State Tom Schedler

P. O. Box 94125

Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70804-9125

Dear Mr. Ardoin:

Article XI sec 4 of the Louisiana Constitution prohibits the use of public resources to support or oppose a candidate for public office: 

“No public funds shall be used to urge any elector to vote for or against any candidate or proposition, or be appropriated to a candidate or political organization. This provision shall not prohibit the use of public funds for dissemination of factual information relative to a proposition appearing on an election ballot.”

The prohibition has been placed in statute La. R.S. 18:1465 and it articulates the penalty for violating this law:

 

§1465.  Prohibited use of public funds

A.  No public funds shall be used to urge any elector to vote for or against any candidate or proposition, or be appropriated to a candidate or political organization.  This provision shall not prohibit the use of public funds for dissemination of factual information relative to a proposition appearing on an election ballot.

B.  Whoever violates any provision of this Section shall be fined not more than one thousand dollars or be imprisoned, with or without hard labor, for not more than two years, or both.

Acts 1976, No. 697, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 1978; Acts 2010, No. 797, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 2011.

On April 7, 2015, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-KY, declared his candidacy for president of the United States:

On May 27, 2015, Gov. Bobby Jindal issued the following press statement, using his official press office within the Governor’s Office:

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Given the fact that is it very likely Gov. Jindal and his staff members have violated not only the state’s constitution, but also La. R.S. 18:1465, I am requesting that this matter be referred to and investigated by your office’s Election Compliance Unit for possible presentation to the appropriate district attorney’s office.

Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.

Sincerely,

Robert Mann

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