Scandal-plagued lawmaker, ex-aide have ties to unusual production firm

Greg Nash

Scandal-plagued Rep. Vance McAllister (R-La.) owns an event production company that is affiliated with the former staffer he kissed on a video that went viral last week.
 

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McAllister Promotions lists Melissa Peacock, the married former staffer that McAllister kissed, on its contact page.

It’s unclear what the promotion company has done in the year since it was first registered. Its website lists just two events: a football clinic with New Orleans Saints player and “team ambassador” Michael Lewis on July 6-7 of last year, and a “Southern Wrestling Superstars” event on Sept. 14, 2013.

McAllister has ties to Southern Wrestling Superstars, which appears to be a wrestling event production company.


According to the “about us” page on McAllisterPromotions.com, the company says it is “dedicated to giving you the best entertainment possible by working hand-in-hand with the best companies in the industry!”

It continues: “We have a great working relationship with all of our partnered companies and bring that amazing experience to everyone involved. We provide services such as event promotion, website and poster design, as well as ticket creation. We are the PREMIER company for all of your amazing event needs!”
 
The website also lists Kelley Holmes as a contact. Federal Election Commission filings show Holmes was one of McAllister’s highest-paid campaign staffers, earning $6,800 from mid-September through the end of November of 2013 for “administrative consulting.”
 

McAllister, Peacock and Holmes did not respond to requests for comment.


Public records reveal McAllister is listed as manager, agent or member on 10 limited liability companies registered in Louisiana.

McAllister has touted his diverse business dealings as evidence of his “entrepreneurial spirit” on the campaign trail. He invested $400,000 in the primary and another $400,000 in the 2013 special election runoff against establishment-favorite state Sen. Neil Riser (R).

His holdings in six companies listed on his federal disclosures are valued anywhere from $7.6 million to more than $31 million.