BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Candidates for public office would have to explain why the purchase of LSU football tickets and meals at restaurants with campaign funds are legal expenditures under a proposal being considered by a state ethics panel.
The Advocate reports the Louisiana Board of Ethics is in the process of drafting proposed guidelines, tackling an old and thorny subject of what constitutes "personal use" of campaign funds. Ethics Board Vice Chairman Scott Schneider is chairing a subcommittee developing guidelines on how expenditures will be assessed for compliance with the law.
The working draft includes a list of allowed expenditures, such as campaign advertising and bumper stickers, and a list of what's banned outright, such as country club membership dues, personal residence mortgage payments and legal fees for criminal defense.