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Treasurer accused of showboating for going after non-profit

3 years 6 months 3 days ago November 21, 2013 Nov 21, 2013 Thursday, November 21 2013 November 21, 2013 7:59 AM in The Investigative Unit
Source: WBRZ
By: Trey Schmaltz

BATON ROUGE- In a fiery letter to State Treasurer John Kennedy, an attorney for a non profit that has received state money, accuses him of showboating and using his political power for personal gain.

Mary Olive Pierson, writing on behalf of the Colomb Foundation and its director Sterling Colomb, the husband of State Senator Yvonne Dorsey Colomb, accuses Kennedy of going after the organization in a pursuit to gain reelection or to be elected Governor of Louisiana. Kennedy has argued recently, the Colomb Foundation is among a list of nearly three-dozen that has failed to report required financial data. Kennedy has issued press releases, spoken at civic clubs, and was interviewed in numerous WBRZ Investigative Reports on the issue. Pierson said the organization she represents has, on numerous accounts, submitted information and has been in contact with Office of the Treasurer employees about the situation and believes the foundation is in compliance.

"I suspect that the compliance by the Foundation does not fit into your apparent political agenda for re-election or, even better, a campaign for Governor," Pierson wrote.

The letter was dated Wednesday, the same day the treasurer made the deadline to submit additional paperwork.

The Colomb Foundation received $300,000 in 2007.

The Legislative Auditor reviewed documents and said it found no reason to pursue additional investigations.

Pierson said she'll sue on behalf of the foundation if the case against it is not closed.

The state treasurer's office said it had received the letter but did not want to comment on any of the "attacks."

Click HERE to read the five page letter by attorney Mary Olive Pierson.
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