The successful 2014 U.S. Senate campaign of Bill Cassidy in Louisiana has agreed to pay a $4,000 fine for violating federal disclosure rules.

Cassidy, then a Republican congressman from Baton Rouge, defeated incumbent Democrat Mary Landrieu in the Dec. 6 runoff.

The violation involved the failure to report $162,160 in campaign disbursements by the relevant filing deadline in August, the Federal Election Commission said in its settlement agreement. The campaign included the amount in an amended filing in October.

Cassidy campaign committee treasurer Ralph Stephens said Friday that the money had come to the campaign via a wire transfer, instead of through more routine methods, and it was overlooked in preparing the August report. A later reconciliation of accounts disclosed the omission, leading the campaign to file the amended report, he said.

Cassidy reported spending of $14.7 million on his campaign in all.

5 GOP presidential hopefuls up in poll

Five likely GOP presidential candidates grabbed double-digits in the latest Quinnipiac University National Poll released last week. Gov. Bobby Jindal isn’t one of them.

Among likely Republican voters, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush; neurosurgeon Ben Carson; former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee; U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, of Florida; and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker each polled at 10 percent, the independent poll found.

Coming up behind them: U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, of Kentucky, at 7 percent; U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, of Texas, at 6 percent; Donald Trump at 5 percent; New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at 4 percent; and Carly Fiorina and Ohio Gov. John Kasich at 2 percent each.

Jindal, meanwhile, polled at 1 percent — the same as last month’s poll but down slightly from earlier this year, when he hit 3 percent.

Quinnipiac pollsters say the split among the top tier candidates — as well as the 20 percent who remain undecided — means that the race for the GOP’s 2016 nomination is still wide open.

The Quinnipiac poll surveyed 1,711 registered voters by phone May 19-26 (landlines and cellphones). The overall margin of error of 2.4 points, but the margin of error for Republican voters is 3.8 points.

Kennedy to speak at Press Club

State Treasurer John Kennedy will be the speaker for Monday’s meeting of the Press Club of Baton Rouge.

Kennedy will discuss the state budget as the Louisiana Legislature nears its June 11 end.

The Press Club meets in the Iberville Room at the Belle of Baton Rouge Hotel, 102 France St. Parking is free in the garage off Mayflower Street. Lunch, which is served at 11:30 a.m., is $12 for members and $15 for nonmembers. The public is invited, but only members of the Press Club and news media are allowed to ask questions.

Group to review legislative session

Leaders With Vision is proud to host the 20th annual Reality Check Luncheon that reviews the legislative session on June 12.

Prepaid reservations are required and must be received by noon Tuesday.

The panel includes:

Jeremy Alford, columnist, author and political pundit, LA Political Fax Weekly

Albert Samuels, political science, Southern University

Robert Travis Scott, president of the Public Affairs Research Council

Alfred “Butch” Speer, clerk of the state House of Representatives

Elliott Stonecipher, demographer, pollster, political pundit and civic activist.

The event begins at 11:45 a.m. and will be held at Ralph & Kacoo’s Restaurant, 6110 Bluebonnet Blvd., Baton Rouge.

EBR Dems recognize ex-Sen. Mary Landrieu

The East Baton Rouge Democratic Parish Executive Committee presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to former U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu on Saturday night at its annual banquet.

Senate President Pro Tem Sharon Weston Broome, D-Baton Rouge, served as master of ceremonies, and Rep. John Bel Edwards, the party’s candidate for governor, gave the keynote address.

Cassidy eyes return of Seersucker Day

In both the U.S. House and Senate, Republican Bill Cassidy has worked to shield his fellow Louisianians from the impact of federal regulations for flood insurance and flood protection.

In both chambers, he has supported completion of the Keystone XL pipeline from the oil-bearing tar sands of Canada to refineries on the Texas Gulf Coast.

Cassidy, who represented Baton Rouge in the House before winning election to the Senate last year, also has sustained interest in another cause since he moved across the U.S. Capitol rotunda: seersucker.

Cassidy’s office has announced June 11 as National Seersucker Day, and he has invited his fellow seersucker-wearing senators to join him for a group photo in the Capitol that day.

Cassidy revived the lapsed congressional tradition of saluting seersucker while in the U.S. House last year.

Angola warden to speak at GOP women’s meeting

Burl Cain, warden of the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, will address at noon Wednesday the Livingston Parish Republican Women.

The meeting will be held at Big Mike’s, 123 Aspen Square, Denham Springs, just north of Interstate 12 off Range Avenue.

The public is welcome to attend. There is a charge for lunch; reservations are recommended and may be made by contacting Darla Steagall at (225) 337-0490 or

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