TROOPER-GATE: Board Members Tasked With Investigating State Troopers Money Funneling Scheme Also Funneled Money

After it was exposed that Louisiana State Trooper Association (LSTA) Executive Director David T. Young has been allegedly funneling thousands of dollars into political campaigns since 2003 and then reimbursing himself through the state troopers organization, the allegations were posed to the State Police Commission.

Now, though, it turns out that members on the State Police Commission (the board tasked with investigating the money-funneling scheme) have allegedly done exactly what Young has done for over a decade, funneling money to campaigns.

The Louisiana State Constitution and State Police Commission rules clearly prohibits the LSTA and its members from “participating or engaging in political activity” be it for a state political candidate or a national political candidate. Active-duty state troopers aren’t even allowed to make social media posts about politics, much less endorse or fund political campaigns.

Like Young, commission members Franklin Kyle, Freddie Pitcher, William Goldring, along with Kyle and Goldring’s wives and Goldring’s company, Magnolia Marketing, have all contributed thousands of dollars to political candidates, a clear violation of State Police Commission rules.

All of the contributions are compiled here by LouisianaVoice (who also has a full story on the matter) below:

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Interestingly enough, the State Police Commission has been putting off an investigation into the money-funneling scheme, having less than half of the 180 days now to open and investigation, investigate the matter and conclude the investigation.

The put-off of looking into the money-funneling scheme could be directly tied to the fact that the board which is meant to investigate the scheme has actually itself been involved in the scheme. It is not known whether or not the commission will recuse itself from an investigation yet.

Editor’s Note: This article was updated to specifically mention that compiled the list of contributions made by State Police Commission members. 

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