OPELOUSAS — The state Ethics Board has accused former St. Landry Parish President Don Menard and Opelousas Mayor Don Cravins Sr. of ethics violations in connection with contributions to their campaigns for state offices in 2011.
The board says Cravins received a campaign contribution from a political action committee in excess of a legal limit of $2,500; and that he contributed $2,500 to his son, violating a prohibition on candidates making payments or expenditures to an immediate family member. Cravins said he believes the board is in error in both instances.
Meanwhile, the Ethics Board says Menard failed to timely disclose contributions to his campaign for a House seat in 2011. Menard said that any violations were unintentional and that all contributions have been reported.
According to a lawsuit filed by the board in the Cravins matter, Cravins received a contribution of $5,000 from the TBI Political Action Committee.
“The guy running the PAC says he is in compliance. That will be determined,” Cravins said.
As for the contribution to his son, who served as his campaign manager, Cravins said he doesn’t believe there was a violation.
“It was just a reimbursement of expenses already incurred,” Cravins said.