Ethics Complaint Filed Against Landrieu For Staged Political Ad

Kevin Costner Attends Senate Committee Hearing On Oil Spill CleanupSen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) is being accused of breaking ethical code for an ad that she re-enacted in the Louisiana statehouse from a previous Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing.

The ad and acting by Landrieu was used to portray the senator as a fighter for Louisiana when it came to energy policy. However, the backlash Landrieu received for the re-enactment made national headlines.

Now, Louisiana Activist Ursula Marie Anderson is taking issue with the fact that Landrieu filmed her political ad in a state, taxpayer funded building. Anderson wrote a letter to the Senate Ethics Committee, as Breitbart reports, explaining that Landrieu’s ad essentially has broken campaign contribution guidelines.

“Instead, the taxpayers of Louisiana appear to have footed the bill for the Landrieu campaign’s use of state space,” the complaint reads. “Unless the Landrieu campaign has reimbursed the state of Louisiana for the fair market value of the use of the space, the campaign has accepted an improper contribution from the state of Louisiana.”

“Had the Landrieu campaign rented a boardroom of a similar size in the Baton Rouge area to reconstruct a Senate hearing, it would have paid hundreds, if not thousands of dollars to do so,” the letter says.

Anderson notes in the letter that Senate Ethics rules allow campaigns to use of property “used on a regular basis by members of a community for noncommercial purposes” without that use counting as a campaign contribution. However, the complaint argues, “there is no indication that the Louisiana State Capitol is regularly used by members of the general public for purposes other than transacting official state business.”

As Breitbart reports, Anderson, a Black American, said she recently switched her party affiliation from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party because of policies by Democrats that she says have actually harmed blacks for years.

Here is the full ethics complaint by Anderson.

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