And the Check’s in the Mail



By: Allen Johnson 


Our periodic search of the state treasurer’s “unclaimed property” records has turned up some good news for state Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon, among other politicos. We found a total of $1,988 in checks for Donelon, including $600 owed his 1980 campaign for Congress (which he lost to Democrat Billy Tauzin) and $438 for Donelon’s unsuccessful 1998 campaign for the U.S. Senate against then-incumbent John Breaux. Elsewhere, embattled former state Sen. Charles D. Jones of Monroe can claim a $500 check that a pharmaceutical company made out to him in 2001. Jones faces federal criminal income tax evasion charges. Former state Sen. Louis Lambert of Prairieville can claim a $500 check that is more than 10 years old — from Syngenta Crop Protection Inc. Former Gov. Dave Treen of Mandeville can pick up a $47 utility deposit from his unsuccessful 1999 run for Congress, and now that he has escaped having to testify in the trial of the “D.C. Madam,” scandalized U.S. Sen. David Vitter may finally pick up that $250 campaign contribution from Pfizer Inc. — the maker of Viagra. 

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