The state ethics administrator said Friday the Ethics Board will decide at its May 18 meeting whether to appeal a judge’s ruling that Mayor-President Kip Holden did not violate campaign spending laws by giving money to constituents for funeral costs and charitable causes in 2010.
Kathleen Allen said the board likely will file a notice of appeal with state District Judge Kay Bates to preserve its appellate rights. An appeal would have to be filed with the state 1st Circuit Court of Appeal. “A decision hasn’t been made at this point,’’ she said, noting that the 11-member board will decide whether to appeal the ruling Bates issued Thursday.
Allen said she believes the judge’s decision, if allowed to stand, would open up the expenditure of campaign funds to uses “not intended by the statute.’’