U.S. Sen. David Vitter cannot tap campaign funds to pay more than
$160,000 in legal fees incurred from his involvement in the D.C. madam criminal
investigation, according to the Federal Elections
Commission. Vitter asked to use campaign funds for $207,176 in legal fees
occurred to date involving the scandal. The FEC published a preliminary opinion yesterday on the case that states Vitter will not be able to use campaign funds for $75,000
in legal fees for monitoring the late Jeanette Palfrey criminal investigation and
another $85,000 in legal fees for working to quash subpoenas for Vitter’s
testimony. The FEC deemed those expenses “personal,” likening them to past cases
where the commission has ruled against allowing public officials to use
campaign funds for divorce-related expenses or criminal charges such as driving
under the influence of alcohol.
The FEC is allowing Vitter to use campaign money for $31,341
in legal fees for his attorney’s consultation during a Senate ethics probe,
which was dropped, and his attorney’s discussion with a public relations firm. “Such
use would not be a conversion to personal use because these legal fees would
not exist irrespective of Sen. Vitter’s duties as a U.S. Senator,” the FEC
wrote. Campaign funds can only be used for another $15,301 in legal expenses,
including transportation costs, if they related to the senator’s official office
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.
Philip deMahy Sr., a once respected New Iberia ad exec, was sentenced May 2 to spend the next two years (he faced up to 100 years) in a state penitentiary after state and federal investigators found dozens of images depicting children engaged in lewd sexual acts on his personal computer.