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Ag Dept. says campaign report filing broke the rules

3 years 1 month 2 weeks ago May 06, 2014 May 6, 2014 Tuesday, May 06 2014 May 06, 2014 5:59 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Rob Krieger

GONZALES- The Department of Agriculture and Forestry confirms that rules were broken when Catrina Irvin faxed campaign finance documents from her state-owned fax machine to the ethics commission.

On at least two dates, Irvin faxed candidate's reports for both Terance Irvin and his fellow councilman Timothy Vessel.

The LDAF's policy on personal use of IT equipment is clear, "[prohibiting] using IT in any manner whatsoever with respect to a political issue or campaign."

Councilman Irvin claims there's more to the story.

"A family member of mine, who handles my campaign reports, along with Councilman Vessel's reports, was given permission, at any time by the ethics board that they could fax over any information pertaining to those campaign reports," said Terance Irvin.

The ethics commission confirmed that it does allow campaigns to fax or send documents by certified mail, but wouldn't comment on this particular situation.

Councilman Vessel returned calls to WBRZ, but would not answer questions, hanging up both times.

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