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Air Mary's Layover

Air Mary missed her self-imposed deadline yesterday, and there are no signs yet today that she plans on announcing anything today. Remember that Landrieu called for the investigation to stop press inquiries into her taxpayer funded travel. By delaying this report, Landrieu and her team are just playing games to keep the truth about her possible misuse of taxpayer money and violations of federal law out of the press as long as possible.

“Senator Landrieu promised transparency into her taxpayer funded travel and by ignoring her own deadline she is giving Louisiana voters reason to question what she is hiding. After living in Washington, D.C. for nearly two decades, Landrieu must think that she no longer needs to be accountable to Louisiana voters. This is just another broken Landrieu promise, and after seeing her vote for ObamaCare and her failure to deliver the Keystone Pipeline, Louisiana is tired of her deception and empty words.” – Ben Voelkel, RNC spokesman

Air Mary’s Layover

LOUISIANANS ARE STILL WAITING ON MARY LANDRIEU’S LONG-AWAITED TRAVEL AUDIT

On August 16, 2014, Senator Mary Landrieu Ordered A Review Of Her Public Air Travel, With Results Promised “By The Time The Senate Returns On Sept. 8.” “Moving to defuse a simmering controversy over her use of taxpayer-financed charter flights for campaigning — a violation of federal law — U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., said today she has ordered a review of all her air travel in her 18 years in the Senate to make sure no other trips were paid for improperly. … A Landrieu spokesman said the review will look at all payments from her office account for commercial and charter flights dating to when she took office in January 1997, to make sure the trips were for official Senate business — a legal use of the money. The results of the review will be released publicly by the time the Senate returns on Sept. 8 from its August recess, the spokesman said.” (Gregory Roberts, “Under Fire, Landrieu Orders Review Of Travel,” The Advocate, 8/16/14)

  • The Advocate Headline In August: “Under Fire, Landrieu Orders Review Of Travel” (Gregory Roberts, “Under Fire, Landrieu Orders Review Of Travel,” The Advocate, 8/16/14)

Landrieu Has Been Under Fire For Billing Taxpayers Multiple Times For Private Air Charters To Attend Campaign Fundraisers – Violating Federal Law

A Review Of Sen. Mary Landrieu’s (D-LA) Official Office Disbursements And Campaign Records Found That She May Have Violated Federal Law 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)

In September 2013, Landrieu Billed Taxpayers $5,700  To Charter Private Plane Travel To Attend A Campaign Fundraiser In Dallas, TX. “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)

In November 2013, Landrieu Billed Taxpayers $3,200 To Charter Private Plane Travel To Attend A Campaign Fundraiser In Lake Charles.  “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.” (Melinda Deslatte, “Landrieu Reimbursing Senate For Charter Flights Involving Campaign Events, Criticized By GOP,” The Associated Press, 8/14/14)

Paul S. Ryan, Sr. Counsel Of The Nonpartisan Good Government Watchdog – Campaign Legal Center Noted That Landrieu “Violated Federal Law And Could Face Civil Fines.” “Even though the mistake was corrected, the campaign still violated federal law and could face civil fines, said Paul S. Ryan, senior counsel at the Campaign Legal Center, a nonpartisan campaign watchdog. ‘It is the senator and the senator's staff responsibility to comply with federal laws. It's not the job of the vendor, per se,’ Ryan said.” (Chris Frates, “Sen. Mary Landrieu’s Campaign Flight Was Charged To Taxpayers,” CNN, 8/12/14)

  • Ryan: “It’s The Job Of The Senator And Her Staff Not To Pay Bills Out Of A Senate Office Account If Those Bills Were Not For Senate Business.” ‘It sounds like their excuse is, 'We didn't do anything wrong; it's the vendor.' It's the job of the senator and her staff not to pay bills out of a Senate office account if those bills were not for Senate business.’” (Chris Frates, “Sen. Mary Landrieu’s Campaign Flight Was Charged To Taxpayers,” CNN, 8/12/14)

AS ONE OF THE MOST EMBATTLED DEMOCRAT INCUMBENTS, LANDRIEU MAY BE WORRIED ABOUT YET ANOTHER CAMPAIGN MISHAP

If The Election Were Held Today, Landrieu Would Lose Her Senate Seat. “In the southern states that Republicans have long eyed for pickups, the GOP remains up and would likely win - albeit narrowly - against Democratic incumbents Mary Landrieu in Louisiana and Mark Pryor in Arkansas, if today were Election Day, though these remain single-digit races in states that the President lost by double-digits in 2012.” (Anthony Salvanto, Doug Rivers and Andy Guess, “Republicans Keep Edge In Latest Senate Midterm Estimate,” CBS News, 9/7/14)

  • CBS News/The New York Times Poll: 36 Percent Of Louisiana Voters Would Vote For Landrieu’s Challenger If The Election Were Held Today, And Just 33 Percent Would Vote For Landrieu. (CBS News / NYT The Upshot / YouGov, 870 A, 8/18-9/2/14)

Another Recent Poll Showed That Landrieu Continues To Trail Her Republican Challenger By 3 Points. “A poll out Thursday from Rasmussen Reports shows Louisiana Republican Senate candidate Bill Cassidy, a congressman and doctor, with a slight edge over Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu, chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. The poll found Dr. Cassidy, 56 years old, a congressman since 2009, leading 44% to 41% for Ms. Landrieu, 58, who has held her office since 1997. The poll found 9% supporting other candidates. The poll didn’t name the other candidates, who include Rob Maness, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel, and Thomas Clements, both running as Republicans.” (Cameron McWhirter, “Louisiana Poll Shows Tight Race Between Cassidy, Landrieu,” The Wall Street Journal, 9/4/14)

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