Holden quietly settles up with Ethics Commission
BATON ROUGE - Mayor Kip Holden ended a years-long dispute with the state Ethics Commission when he paid a $2,500 fine he's owed since 2008.
Holden paid the fine on May 29 with little fanfare. He's publicly disputed the fine for months, telling News 2's Investigative Unit he planned to fight the fine until the bitter end.
The Ethics Commission fined Holden over a 2008 financial disclosure report, which the commission said didn't include Holden's salary as mayor-president of East Baton Rouge Parish. Holden claimed in a letter it would be a financial hardship to pay a fine, and said his son was responsible for a paperwork mistake.
The board denied Holden's request the fine be waived, and other appeals were also denied.
"They would love to find something on Kip Holden," Holden told the Investigative Unit back in April. "Maybe I'm the trophy for them."
The Ethics Commission said if Holden didn't pay the outstanding fine they would file paperwork to disqualify him as a candidate for lieutenant governor, which Holden announced in December he planned to run for.