Billing the taxpayers for private plane rides to travel to campaign fundraisers seems to be a habit of Sen. Mary Landrieu’s (D-LA).
As we just reported yesterday, Landrieu violated federal law when she charged her private jet round-trip flight from New Orleans to Lake Charles (400 miles) where she would be attending a campaign fundraiser to the taxpayers, costing them $3,200.
The campaign fundraiser was a $40-per person lunch with hundreds of women. Landrieu took the plan ride the day she took her infamous ride on Air Force One, where she accompanied President Obama. And just after the news broke about Landrieu’s misuse of public money, her spokesman called violation of federal law a “billing mistake.”
But, turns out that is not the only private jet flight Landrieu has taken to campaign for cash.
Last September, Landrieu flew on a private plane from New Orleans to Shreveport, where she attended an official event. Afterwards, Landrieu took that same private jet and traveled on to Dallas, where she attended a campaign fundraiser. All of this at the expense of the taxpayer, totaling $5,700. This is now Landrieu’s second violation of federal law.
“Sen. Landrieu was invited to an official evening event in Shreveport. She was traveling back to D.C. through Dallas, and a fundraiser in Dallas was added to her schedule,” he said. “Out of an abundance of caution in case there was a cost allocation error connected to this flight, the Senate will be reimbursed for the (Shreveport to Dallas) flight.”
A Senate aide said that because Landrieu was already going to be in Dallas, the office considered the fundraiser incidental and not an expense that had to be partially covered by the campaign.
Note: Landrieu’s campaign has only noticed and is correcting the two billing problems after USA Today and CNN called the longtime Senate Democrat out for the misuse of public money. And legal action may be taken against Landrieu because even if she reimburses the Senate for the private plane rides, federal law has still been breached.