Jefferson Parish Citizens for Good Government: Campaign Contribution Report for the April 30, 2014 Parish Council Meeting

Supporters of Good Government:

The Jefferson Parish Council will meet this Wednesday, April 30th at 10 a.m. on the West Bank at the General Government Building in Gretna. Citizens for Good Government will again present summary information from our Campaign Contribution Table shown below. Total campaign contributions of $619,972 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 30th council meeting.

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Once again the issue on the agenda of greatest concern to Citizens for Good Government is the twice-deferred proposed ordinance which requires our lnspector General to request in writing information and documents from our own government, even though our Code of Ordinances currently provides him unrestricted access to this information. Unfortunately, this terrible ordinance would alert those whom our Inspector General is investigating and would thereby compromise his ability to effectively perform his investigations.

Citizens for Good Government will be urging the council to vote NO on this ordinance. We are unalterably opposed to it, since our Inspector General David McClintock himself has indicated that it is essential for him to have direct and unlimited access to information from our Jefferson Parish government for his investigations, in order for him to effectively and efficiently do his job of investigating fraud, waste, and corruption.

Of course, the citizens of Jefferson overwhelmingly voted for the establishment of the Office of Inspector General, and we desperately want him to be successful. Furthermore, the top investigative officials of our state, Louisiana Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera, Louisiana Inspector General Stephen Street, New Orleans Inspector General Ed Quatrevaux, and Metropolitan Crime Commission President Raphael Goyeneche, have all publicly spoken in support of our Inspector General having unrestricted access to our government’s information.

Citizens for Good Government believes that the council’s vote on this ordinance is a test of their commitment to the success of our Inspector General. We need the council to defeat this terrible ordinance by voting NO and to thereby let the citizens of Jefferson know that they are on our side in support of our Inspector General. We will be asking the council to PLEASE LET OUR INSPECTOR GENERAL DO HIS JOB!!!

Of course, Citizens for Good Government will also be speaking at the meeting about other issues of importance to us.

Margie Seemann
Vice-Chairman, Citizens for Good Government
(504) 912-1936

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