Ourso settles up inaccurate report with Board of Ethics

Staff reports

Iberville Parish President J. Mitchell Ourso, Jr. settled an issue with the State Board of Ethics Tuesday by agreeing to pay a fine for failing to file an accurate campaign finance report for his 2007 reelection campaign.

Ourso quickly settled the controversy of a violation of the Louisiana Campaign Finance Disclosure Act by paying off a late reporting fee of approximately $2,000. The parish president agreed he would not go to court for an appeal of the fine.

Ourso, who won the 2007 reelection with 63 percent of the vote, received a contribution from a catering company in connection with a fundraiser event. The parish president was suppose to disclose the contribution prior to the October 2007 election date, but he ended up filing an amended report in early 2008. The late filing eventually cost him a civil penalty fee to be assessed for lack of diligence in disclosing the contribution.