(Baton Rouge, LA): Monday, February 25, 2019, the Republican Party of Louisiana submitted a public records request for any and all correspondence related to closed-door meetings reportedly hosted by Democrat Governor John Bel Edwards with business leaders. A copy of the request can be found here.
According to a recent report by The Associated Press, Governor John Bel Edwards’ spokesperson Christina Stephens stated that the governor has been hosting “closed-door meetings with business leaders since 2017,” culminating his so-called business summit this week that appeared to be nothing more than a taxpayer-funded campaign event.
“Governor Edwards is already facing questions for his apparent use of taxpayer funds to hold a re-election event, but this startling admission about closed door meetings with business leaders raises additional concerns,” said Chairman Louis Gurvich. “By hosting these secret backroom meetings, the Governor is not being transparent with Louisiana taxpayers. The people of this state have a right to know about their Governor’s activities and we hope that this request will provide clarity.”