More On The Fayard-Louisiana Democrat Party Laundry Operation

We discussed in some detail during the Louisiana Lieutenant Governor race the fact that campaign finance disclosure records of Oct. 13 indicated that Caroline Fayard’s father had donated $210,000 to the Louisiana Democrat Party, probably in violation of legal prohibitions against earmarking party donations to political parties for specific campaigns. Immediately upon receiving funds from Fayard, the LDP made a $210,000 media buy on behalf of his daughter Caroline’s campaign for the state’s No. 2 office.

After that sleaze was exposed, the Louisiana Democrat Party “went dark” and failed to disclose its campaign finance records for the last two weeks prior to the Nov. 2 election, in which Fayard was handily beaten by Jay Dardenne, 57 percent to 43.

It is now obvious why.

Today the PAC of the LA Democratic State Central Committee (DEMOPAC), the fundraising arm of the Louisiana Democrat Party, finally filed its “Form 202: Committee’s Report” for the period Oct. 14-Dec. 2. And the information in that report is scintillating reading. It indicates that the Caroline Fayard campaign was the product of Calvin Fayard’s money and not much else – something the public might want to take into consideration should Caroline pursue another elected office next year.

DEMOPAC reports taking in some $873,703.14 from Oct. 14 to Dec. 2, $863,703.14 of that figure coming between Oct. 14 and Oct. 30. That’s a relatively impressive amount of money for a state party to be raising in what amounts to an off-year election; the Lt. Governor race was the only major statewide position up for a vote in this year’s cycle.

But as it turns out, that impressive money total comes from an astonishingly small number of very large donors. And the majority of it comes from the Fayard family.

Line by line, the disclosure record indicates the following contributions…

1. Name and Address of Contributor 2. Contributions this Reporting Period 3. Total this Year Memo
a. Date b. Amount
Kleinpeter & Schwartzberg LLC
619 Jefferson Hwy
Suite 2h
Baton Rouge, LA 70806-6117
Political Committee? No
10/18/2010 500.00 1500.00  
Glenn Armentor LTD.
300 Stewart St.
Lafayette, LA 70501
Political Committee? No
10/18/2010 500.00 5500.00  
The Cochran Firm Metairie LLC
1 Galleria Blvd Ste 2130
Metairie, LA 70001
Political Committee? No
10/18/2010 500.00 500.00  
The August Group
442 Europe St
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Political Committee? No
10/18/2010 500.00 7000.00  
Michael C. Palmintier APLC
618 Main Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70801
Political Committee? No
10/18/2010 500.00 2500.00  
Cossich Sumich Parsiola & Taylor LLC
8397 Highway 23 Ste 100
Belle Chasse, LA 70037
Political Committee? No
10/18/2010 500.00 500.00  
Dodson Hooks & Frederick APLC
445 N. Blvd Ste 850
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Political Committee? No
10/18/2010 500.00 500.00  
Iberia Parish Democratic Executive Committee
PO Box 13410
New Iberia, LA 70562-3410
Political Committee? No
10/18/2010 1000.00 2560.00  
Williams Law Group LLC
435 Corporate Drive Ste 101
Houma, LA 70360
Political Committee? No
10/18/2010 500.00 500.00  
Iberia Parish Democratic Executive Committee
PO Box 13410
New Iberia, LA 70562-3410
Political Committee? No
10/18/2010 1000.00 2560.00  
Kanner and Whiteley LLC
701 Camp Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Political Committee? No
10/18/2010 500.00 500.00  
Chalyn Fayard
P O Box 968
Denham Springs, LA 70727
Political Committee? No
10/19/2010 50000.00 80000.00  
Mr. Calvin C. Fayard III
PO Box 968
Denham Springs, LA 70727-0968
Political Committee? No
10/19/2010 50000.00 90000.00  
Dr. Koti V Sangisetty
1281 W. Tunnel Blvd.
Houma, LA 70360
Political Committee? No
10/19/2010 80000.00 80000.00  
Wiliston Oil & Gas Properties LLC
P O Box 1180
Denham Springs, LA 70727
Political Committee? No
10/19/2010 25000.00 25000.00  
TBI PAC
PO Box 416
Mansura, LA 71350-0416
Political Committee? No
10/21/2010 7000.00 14000.00  
Blayne Honeycutt
1211 S River Rd
Denham Springs, LA 70726
Political Committee? No
10/21/2010 80000.00 80000.00  
Frank Dudenhefer Jr.
604 Poydras St Ste 2655
New Orleans, LA 70130-2419
Political Committee? No
10/21/2010 35000.00 41358.00  
Robert A Maurin III
P O Box 1457
Hammond, LA 70404
Political Committee? No
10/21/2010 40000.00 40000.00  
Kathleen Blanco Campaign Fund
701 Robley Dr Ste 200
Lafayette, LA 70503-5200
Political Committee? No
10/21/2010 11000.00 99500.00  
Bring It Home Inc. PAC
868 N. 6th St
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Political Committee? No
10/25/2010 15000.00 15000.00  
Ben Barnes
98 San Jacinto Blvd Ste 1400
Austin, TX 78701
Political Committee? No
10/25/2010 2500.00 2500.00  
Claude Leach Jr.
7777 Nelson Rd
P.O. Box 997
Lake Charles, LA 70605
Political Committee? No
10/25/2010 11357.53 62132.53  
St. James Democratic Executive Committee
21030 Hwy 20
Vacherie, LA 70090
Political Committee? No
10/25/2010 4000.00 6040.00  
Michael Smith
3513 Bradley Lane
Chevy Chase, MD 28015
Political Committee? No
10/25/2010 1500.00 1500.00  
Imperial Properties LLC
1905 W Thomas St Ste D
Hammond, LA 70401
Political Committee? No
10/26/2010 25500.00 95500.00  
Imperial Properties LLC
1905 W Thomas St Ste D
Hammond, LA 70401
Political Committee? No
10/26/2010 30000.00 95500.00  
Mitch Landrieu Campaign Fund Inc.
3421 North Causeway Blvd Ste 701
Metairie, LA 70002
Political Committee? No
10/26/2010 10000.00 11750.00  
Committee To Elect Caroline Fayard
801 Howard Ave
New Orleans, LA 70113
Political Committee? No
10/26/2010 8113.55 8820.61  
Robert Ramelli
5603 Saint Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70115-5049
Political Committee? No
10/26/2010 50000.00 50000.00  
Claude Leach Jr.
7777 Nelson Rd
P.O. Box 997
Lake Charles, LA 70605
Political Committee? No
10/26/2010 3275.00 62132.53  
LHC Group Inc.
420 W Pinhook Rd # A
Lafayette, LA 70503-2131
Political Committee? No
10/26/2010 2000.00 14000.00  
Fayard & Honeycutt
519 Florida Ave S.W.
Denham Springs, LA 70726
Political Committee? No
10/26/2010 10000.00 25000.00  
Frances E Gray
5809 Saint Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70115-5067
Political Committee? No
10/27/2010 30000.00 90000.00  
Frances E Gray
5809 Saint Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70115-5067
Political Committee? No
10/27/2010 30000.00 90000.00  
Trey Ourso & Associates Inc.
352 Napoleon St
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Political Committee? No
10/27/2010 250.00 2737.50  
Frances E Gray
5809 Saint Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70115-5067
Political Committee? No
10/27/2010 30000.00 90000.00  
Imperial Properties LLC
1905 W Thomas St Ste D
Hammond, LA 70401
Political Committee? No
10/28/2010 40000.00 95500.00  
Mr. Calvin C. Fayard Jr.
PO Box 1180
Denham Springs, LA 70727-1180
Political Committee? No
10/28/2010 40000.00 65000.00  
Chalyn Fayard
P O Box 968
Denham Springs, LA 70727
Political Committee? No
10/28/2010 30000.00 80000.00  
Valerie Honeycutt
1211 South RiverRoad
Denham Springs, LA 70726
Political Committee? No
10/28/2010 50000.00 50000.00  
Mr. Calvin C. Fayard III
PO Box 968
Denham Springs, LA 70727-0968
Political Committee? No
10/28/2010 30000.00 90000.00  
Committee To Elect Caroline Fayard
801 Howard Ave
New Orleans, LA 70113
Political Committee? No
10/28/2010 366.06 8820.61  
Committee To Elect Caroline Fayard
801 Howard Ave
New Orleans, LA 70113
Political Committee? No
10/29/2010 341.00 8820.61  
Jim Bernhard
17000 Highland Road
Baton Rouge, LA 70810
Political Committee? No
10/30/2010 25000.00 25000.00  
Mr. Calvin C. Fayard III
PO Box 968
Denham Springs, LA 70727-0968
Political Committee? No
11/22/2010 10000.00 90000.00

A little research shows exactly how cozy this contributor list is.

Wiliston Oil & Gas Properties, LLC, which donated $25,000 to the Louisiana Democrat Party on Oct. 18, is Calvin Fayard. A search of the Secretary of State’s corporation records turns up the fact that Fayard is the registered agent of the company. He’s listed as one of the officers of the LLC along with one Robert Maurin, who donated $40,000 on Oct. 21. Turns out that Maurin is Calvin Fayard’s cousin.

Imperial Properties, LLC was very busy writing checks to the state party. Two donations, one of $25,500 and another of $30,000, made their way to DEMOPAC on Oct. 28 and another $40,000 check hit the party on Oct. 28 for a grand total of $95,500. And a search at the Secretary of State’s office indicates something which isn’t a surprise – namely that not only is Calvin Fayard the registered agent for Imperial Properties, the mailing address for it is “c/o Calvin Fayard” and Calvin, Cynthia and Cathryn Fayard are listed as corporate officers.

Fayard’s law partner at Fayard & Honeycutt, LLP ($10,000 on Oct. 26) is Blayne Honeycutt ($80,000 on Oct. 21). Honeycutt’s wife is Valerie Honeycutt, who donated $50,000 on Oct. 28. A Hayride source we discussed this information with told us that Ms. Honeycutt “never had $50k in her own bank account in her life.”

Frank Dudenhefer donated $35,000 on Oct. 21. Dudenhefer is an old lawyer buddy of Calvin Fayard’s, and he’s had a history of working with Calvin on fundraising – like for example when he helped put this event together for Hillary Clinton at Calvin’s house in New Orleans in 2007.

And by the way – Frances Gray? That was her former name. Her name now is Frances Fayard. She’s Calvin’s wife. You won’t find many campaign donations from Frances Fayard anywhere, but you’ll find lots of them out there from Frances Gray. She’s essentially using an alias to give money to people, like when she gave three $30,000 checks to DEMOPAC on October 27.

That doesn’t include the $50,000 Chalyn Fayard gave on Oct. 19. Or the $50,000 Calvin Fayard, III ponied up that day. Or the $30,000 more he put up on Oct. 28 (or the $10,000 he gave on Nov. 22, after the election was over). Or the $40,000 Calvin Fayard himself gave on Oct. 28.

In other words, Fayard, his family and his direct cronies gave over $605,000 to the state Democrat Party at the same time the party was lavishing funds on his daughter’s campaign for Lt. Governor.

The state Board of Ethics is charged with investigating questions of campaign finance violations. It has some work to do in this case, because it seems quite clear that the Fayards and DEMOPAC attempted to game the system so as to finance a campaign which would not have otherwise been remotely competitive in a statewide race.

And that the state party didn’t disclose these records while the campaign was going on is both legally suspect and grossly dishonest – had it been known that Caroline Fayard’s father was directing the better part of a million dollars to her campaign from his personal and business accounts and those of his cronies through the state Democrat Party, the aura of Caroline as a big fundraiser with lots of support all over the state would never have emerged in the first place. It was an unmitigated fraud from the start.

This is a scandal of significant magnitude. The question now is whether anyone will do anything about it.

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