Second-term Congressman Charles Boustany’s stock is on the
rise with the pending departure of the state’s two more senior Republican
Congressmen. Both Richard Baker of Baton Rouge and Jim McCrery of Shreveport
are stepping down from their Congressional seats this year to move into private sector jobs. Today, TheShreveport
Timesreports that McCrery plans to bestow his leadership Political Action
Committee (PAC), called the Committee for the Preservation of Capitalism, to
Boustany. Leadership PACs are set up by senior congressmen to both raise money and then filter funds to other congressional colleagues and organizations, helping the congressman to boost his stature in party ranks. “I’m
going to make [Boustany] as senior as he can be,” McCrery told The Times. “It
will give him a head start at leadership.”
According to reports from the Federal Elections Commission, The Committee for the Preservation of Capitalism raised about $624,000 and spent about $616,000 in 2007. It currently has approximately $368,000 funds on hand. Its contributions have come from a wide variety of industry lobbying groups, withsome of the heaviest donations coming in from drug manufacturers as well as physician
and other medical industry groups. Click here for a complete list of industry
committees and individual donors, as well as candidate contributions made by the committee.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
Is it a crime for citizens to photograph, video, or take notes of a police officer in the line of duty, or a right protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution? Locally, such activity, as witnessed recently, will at the very least result in a night spent behind bars.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.