We've already showed you how the descendents of three Louisiana governors have made millions off questionable state oil leases. Now FOX 8 News has learned that they may be profiting from a federal oil lease, too.
We detailed the "Dirty Deeds" in a series of stories in May. It prompted the State Mineral Board to ask the AG to see if the state has a way out of those lucrative leases, with no end date, that have paid the heirs more than $1 billion in today's money.
PART 3 - We've told you about State Lease 340, and how the oil royalties from it put some $273 million in the pockets of the family and friends of Huey P. Long. But SL 340 is just one lease; Part three of our "Dirty Deeds" investigation lays out the entire scheme, and the riches that came of it.
UPDATE - We roamed the halls of the State Capitol, trying to find out why a state House committee overwhelmingly voted down a resolution that asked the attorney general to look at questionable oil leases. What we found was a lobbyist and a lawmaker, working behind the scenes to get the resolution voted down.
UPDATE - The state's House Judiciary Committee rejected a resolution by Rep. Pat Connick, calling on the Attorney General's Office to examine the questionable state oil leases to the Win or Lose Corporation. Sources tell FOX 8 News that heirs to the Win or Lose interest have been lobbying some lawmakers all week on the issue.
PART 2 - If a governor did today what was done in 1936 and got interest in a contract he awarded, he would likely go to prison. It begs the question -- if it's something illegal now, then why wouldn't the state have recourse to reclaim the people's property, the people's money?
PART 6 - The panel that oversees Louisiana's oil and gas leases wants the state Attorney General to investigate leases to the Win or Lose Corporation. So do some state lawmakers. But will the AG's office act?