Jefferson Parish Citizens for Good Government: Campaign Contribution Report for the April 9, 2014 Parish Council Meeting

Supporters of Good Government:

The Jefferson Parish Council will meet this Wednesday, April 9th at 10 a.m. on the East Bank in the Yenni Building. Citizens for Good Government will once again present summary information from our Campaign Contribution Table shown below. Total campaign contributions of $347,672 were made during the past four years to our councilmen by contractors and subcontractors on whom the councilmembers are scheduled to vote at the April 9th council meeting.

With campaign contributions of $92,675, Councilman Chris Roberts was once again the councilman with the largest amount of campaign contributions, while Councilman Ben Zahn was in second place with $59,579 in campaign contributions. The total campaign contributions made to all seven council members during the past four years by contractors and subcontactors on whom they are scheduled to vote at the April 9th council meeting was $347,672.

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Although the hospital issue will be of great importance at the April 9th council meeting, Citizens for Good Government is also extremely concerned about and vehemently opposed to Councilman Spears’ Ordinance on the April 9th agenda to limit the investigative powers of Inspector General David McClintock, by requiring a written request from him to obtain information and documents from our government. Such written requests would be extremely detrimental to our Inspector General’s ability to conduct investigations, since for one thing, they would alert the objects of his investigations and would thereby limit his effectiveness. We need the council to vote NO on this ordinance.

Citizens for Good Government has FAXed letters to all of the councilmembers on this topic, thanking those who have publicly indicated that they will vote NO on this terrible ordinance, and urging the others to oppose it in the interest of good government. We have also been responsible for many telephone calls to the councilmen urging them to vote NO on the IG ordinance. We believe that the council’s vote on this ordinance is a test of their commitment to the success of our Office of Inspector General.

We will also be speaking about Councilman Chris Roberts’ effort to develop a reform ordinance for Jefferson’s non-bid contracting processes. Citizens for Good Government even provided him with a 6-page letter containing our ten recommendations for contracting reform.

In addition, CFGG will be speaking about other things of interest to us.

Margie Seemann
Vice-Chairman, Citizens for Good Government

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