House bill requires more disclosure on campaign cash expenditures

The Louisiana House on Tuesday quickly approved a bill that would require more detailed information about expenditures of campaign cash.

The House voted 98-4 for the measure, which is the product of a study that looked at putting some spending off-limits, then settled on more transparency.

State law bans personal use of campaign cash and some spending on the reports has been deemed questionable. Campaign funds are supposed to be used for running for office and expenses related to the holding of office.

The legislation would require sufficient information to determine that the expenditures are for acceptable purposes.

Legislators purchase such things as season tickets to LSU football games, country club and golf club memberships. One legislator purchased a Jaguar with campaign cash.

House Bill 1079 sponsored by state Rep. Tim Burns, R-Mandeville, now heads to the Senate.