Who would have thunk it? Of all the candidates for Ascension Parish Council on October 12 it was Corey Orgeron who received the most in campaign contributions as of the September 12 reporting date.
That’s three times more than the two-term incumbent, Daniel “Doc” Satterlee who received a relatively meager $3,980. Maybe not so strange when you consider Satterlee’s staunch opposition to A Better Ascension (ABA) and push for “infrastructure-driven development” since taking office in 2012.
ABA’s founding member, John Scanlan, maxed Orgeron out with a $1,000 contribution as did Lane Grigsby, rumored to be another big money supporter of ABA’s failed corporate takeover of Ascension parish government. Two of the more active developers, Clayton Mitchell and David Law, followed suit.
They were among nine maximum contributions Orgeron received. We suspect the generosity was prompted more by antipathy toward Orgeron’s opponent than any positive feeling toward Orgeron who could not even muster up a modicum of honesty about his fundraising. On July 27 Orgeron denied receipt of any contributions save $250 from fellow parishioners at a local Catholic Church “and $100 from my parents.”
Accusing a social media “Rumors” page of slander, Orgeron’s campaign had already pocketed $3,650.
Did he fail to realize those contributions would have to be reported?
That ABA membership is supporting any candidate against the incumbent is understandable. For all the group’s grumbling about the amount of money in local elections, its founding member, John Scanlan, has maxed out four council candidates even though one of them (Teri Casso of District 8) was reelected without opposition. Casso ($2,450), Bill Dawson ($2,450), and Aaron Lawler ($3,450) enjoyed substantial support from ABA membership, understandable since they cast the only votes to put ABA’s parish manager governance plan on the ballot.
Scanlan also contributed the maximum to John Cagnolatti bringing his parish council investment total to $5,000.
David Law and Clayton Mitchell, two of Kenny Matassa’s max contributors in 2015, have given to Orgeron alone this time around. Along with Wesley Daniel and Jameson Chauving, they have developed an impressive list of subdivisions over the years:
- Parker Place Estates
- Dutchtown Meadows
- The Hollows of Dutchtown
- Moss Pointe
- Pelican Crossing
- Myrtle Grove
- Stoney Point Estates
- Galvez Trails
- The Meadows at Oak Grove
The list evidences only a cursory review of their activities.