BATON ROUGE – If history is a guide, New Orleans-based
attorney Caroline Fayard will have no concern when it comes to financing her political
campaign; however, the battle in her run for the U.S. Senate seat currently
held by Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) may be trying to win over skeptic voters
troubled by several controversies surrounding her family’s ties and involvement
The daughter of prominent and
well-connected attorney Calvin Fayard has well-documented ties to the Landrieus
and the Clintons that date back to 1990s.
Upon graduating from law school, Caroline
Fayard went to work as an intern for Hillary Clinton, who was first lady at the time.
Years later, in 2010, former President Bill Clinton made a donation to
Caroline Fayard’s campaign in her run for Louisiana lieutenant governor, a race she
During that race, Caroline Fayard’s campaign was almost
entirely funded by her father - who allegedly illegally funneled more than $800,000
through the Louisiana Democratic Party to his daughter’s campaign.
Many other donations came pouring into Caroline’s
campaign through the party from her father’s connections.
“Given that Mrs. Fayard’s father and his trial lawyer cronies
largely bankrolled her first failed campaign, it seems likely they will do so
again,” Melissa Landry, executive director of the Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch (LLAW),
told the Louisiana Record.
“Regardless of how much the plaintiffs’ bar decides to dump into the race to
prop up Fayard’s bid, I am optimistic that the majority of voters will
come to the same conclusion I have: Louisiana needs to send a leader, not a
trial lawyer to the U.S. Senate.”
Wiliston Oil & Gas Properties LLC, for
which Calvin Fayard is an agent, donated $25,000 to the party in 2010. Three days
Fayard, along with another officer of the limited liability company, Robert Maurin, donated
$40,000. It was later discovered that Maurin is Calvin
Imperial Properties LLC, gave a donation
to DEMOPAC of $55,500 in two separate checks, and directed an addition $40,000
to the party the same day. A search at the Secretary of State’s office revealed
is the registered agent, and the company’s mailing address is “c/o
Other donations poured in from Calvin
law partner at Fayard & Honeycutt, Blayne Honeycutt ($80,000), and his
wife, who donated $50,000 a week after her husband did despite reports that she
had never had $50,000 in her own bank account at any time.
Honeycutt was the subject of a report last
year by LLAW that revealed $30,000 in campaign contributions in increments of
$5,000 – the maximum contribution limit – by Honeycutt, his wife and children and two businesses he had close
ties with to Judge Wayne Ray Chutz’s election to the 1st Circuit Court of
Appeal after serving as a judge for the 21st Judicial District for 21 years.
The contributions were all made on the same day.
Caroline Fayard, a University of Michigan graduate,
told news outlets that she chose to pursue public office after being deeply troubled by 9/11, the
government’s response to Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill in 2010, which
both devastated the Louisiana region, MyArkLaMiss.com reports.
Last year, Caroline launched GLO Airlines,
a Louisiana-based regional airline, with her brother, Trey Fayard. The airline
operates daily flights from New Orleans to Shreveport and has reportedly
created 40 new jobs.
In her bid to fill Vitter's soon-to-be
vacant senate seat, Caroline Fayard’s key issues include: equal pay for equal work,
investing in infrastructure, protecting voting rights, increased resources for
veterans and creating a fair system for students to manage their loan debt.