'Air Mary' Landrieu Facing More Questions About Charter Flights

Image: 'Air Mary' Landrieu Facing More Questions About Charter Flights Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La. (Jan Somma-Hammel/Staten Island Advance/Landov)

Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 09:49 AM

By Melissa Clyne

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
"Air Mary," as Democratic Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu has been nicknamed by Bayou State Republicans, is facing another round of questions about air travel she has billed to her official Senate account instead of her re-election campaign, Politico reports.

Last week, CNN reported that Landrieu spent $3,200 of taxpayer money on a fundraising trip to Lake Charles, Louisiana, in November. The senator’s office explained that the vendor "mistakenly" billed the flight to the wrong account, saying the error has since been rectified.

Then she had to acknowledge she was reimbursing her Senate office $5,721 for a chartered flight  from New Orleans to Shreveport to Dallas for a September fundraiser.
Politico now reports that two 2012 trips may have been improperly billed to Landrieu’s Senate office instead of her re-election campaign.

In August 2012, according to official disbursement records Landrieu filed with the secretary of the Senate, Butler Aviation billed $6,787 for a flight from New Orleans to Vidalia to Shreveport to Alexandria and back to New Orleans, according to Politico.

Two months later, the same company charged $3,437 for a flight that took Landrieu from New Orleans to Opelousas to Patterson and back to New Orleans.

Since both trips included campaign events, it is unclear whether some or all of the flights should have been paid for by Landrieu’s re-election campaign instead of her official office as a U.S. senator.

"Sen. Landrieu’s disregard and abuse of taxpayer money is unacceptable and, reportedly, illegal," charged Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, who is challenging Landrieu in the midterms. "She should return all the taxpayer money she has spent on charter flights, open up her travel logs for further review to ensure there are not more violations, and apologize to American taxpayers immediately."

The Times-Picayune reported Saturday that Cassidy holds a slight lead over Landrieu in the polls and has raised more money than the three-time incumbent.

The conservative Keep Louisiana Working has filed a complaint with the Federal Elections Commission over Landrieu’s use of travel funds for her re-election bid, according to Politico.

"Air Mary Landrieu seems to have no qualms spending taxpayer money to fly herself to campaign fundraisers," said Jason Dore, executive director of the Louisiana Republican Party. "This is simply unacceptable. Even worse, Landrieu only admitted to these violations of campaign finance law after the media started sniffing around and asking questions."

Last month, USA Today reported that Landrieu spent $47,000 last year on charter flights. The story noted that Louisiana’s other senator, Republican David Vitter, does not use charter flights and instead "always flies commercial and drives rather than flies around Louisiana."

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

RNC's Priebus Slams Wis. Governor Candidate for Jobs Plan Fiasco

Friday, 19 Sep 2014 19:22 PM

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus slammed Wisconsin Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke on . . .

DNC Raises $7M in August, Has $11M Banked

Friday, 19 Sep 2014 18:42 PM

The Democratic National Committee raised $7 million last month and has $11 million banked.The DNC on Friday filed its Au . . .

Former Conn. Gov. Rowland Found Guilty of Campaign Law Violations

Friday, 19 Sep 2014 15:40 PM

Former Connecticut Governor John Rowland violated U.S. election laws by taking under-the-table payments from a business  . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved