More High-Flying Turbulence For Air Mary

A Review Of Sen. Mary Landrieu’s (D-LA) Official Office Disbursements And Campaign Records Show That She May Have Violated Federal Law Again By Using Taxpayer Dollars To Charter Private Planes To Fundraise. “Vulnerable Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu is under renewed scrutiny for potentially violating campaign finance laws by tapping official Senate funds to cover the cost of fundraising trips. A review of Landrieu’s office expenditures and campaign records reveal two trips from 2012 that may have been improperly billed to her Senate office rather than her reelection campaign.” (John Bresnahan and Manu Raju, “Landrieu Faces More Travel Questions,” Politico, 8/18/14)

Landrieu’s Disbursement Records Show That On August 23, 2012, Taxpayers Paid $6,787 On Private Air Travel To Shreveport For Landrieu. “On Aug. 23, 2012, Butler Aviation charged $6,787 for an in-state flight for Landrieu that included multiple stops. The flight was from New Orleans to Vadalia to Shreveport to Alexandria and back to New Orleans, according to official disbursement records Landrieu filed with the Secretary of the Senate.” (John Bresnahan and Manu Raju, “Landrieu Faces More Travel Questions,” Politico, 8/18/14)

  • On That Day, Landrieu’s Reelection Campaign Reported An “‘In-Kind DonationFor Catering And Room Rental In Shreveport And Bossier City.” On the day of Landrieu’s Aug. 23, 2012 trip, Federal Election Commission records indicate the reelection campaign received an ‘in-kind donation’ for catering and room rental in Shreveport and Bossier City, which is about two miles from Shreveport. Landrieu aides said the trip included a ‘meet and greet’ for young professionals hosted by the campaign that was incidental to the official stops she attended that day.” (John Bresnahan and Manu Raju, “Landrieu Faces More Travel Questions,” Politico, 8/18/14)

“On Oct. 18, 2012, Butler Aviation Charged $3,437 From A Landrieu Flight From New Orleans To Opelousas To Patterson Back To New Orleans.” (John Bresnahan and Manu Raju, “Landrieu Faces More Travel Questions,” Politico, 8/18/14)

  • On That Day, Landrieu Attended A Campaign Fundraiser In Morgan City, “Which Is About Seven Milles From Patterson.” “On the same day as the Oct. 18, 2012, trip, local newspaper reports indicate that Landrieu spoke at a fundraiser held at the Petroleum Club in Morgan City, which is about seven miles from Patterson.” (John Bresnahan and Manu Raju, “Landrieu Faces More Travel Questions,” Politico, 8/18/14)

Last Week, Reports Emerged That Landrieu Charged Taxpayers For Fundraising Trips To Lake Charles, LA And Dallas, TX

An Official Records Review Found That Landrieu Billed Taxpayers $8,900 To Charter Private Plane Travel To Attend Two Separate Fundraisers.  “In one instance, Landrieu spent more than $3,200 in taxpayer money for a roundtrip flight from New Orleans to Lake Charles for a November fundraiser, though federal law doesn’t allow such payments. Tax dollars are prohibited from being spent on campaign travel, which must be paid with campaign funds. … Now, Landrieu is reimbursing $5,700 for a September flight from Shreveport to Dallas that was charged to her office. The senator’s office said Landrieu was traveling through Dallas on a charter so she could take a connecting flight to Washington and a fundraiser was added to her schedule for her stopover.” (Melinda Deslatte, “Landrieu Reimbursing Senate For Charter Flights Involving Campaign Events, Criticized By GOP,” The Associated Press, 8/14/14)

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