Senator Mary Landrieu just admitted to illegally charging taxpayers nearly $35,000 for 43 private campaign flights in just the last 12 years. For comparison’s sake, that’s about 80 percent of the median family income in Louisiana ($43,199).
Senator Landrieu was forced to come clean about her taxpayer-funded luxury travel habit, but the manner in which she did so shows very little remorse. She blew past her own self-imposed deadline to release her report and waited until a Friday afternoon to try and bury the bad news about her habitual lawless activity in public office. Even then, the report fell short of what Landrieu had promised. Instead of a full accounting of her travel going back to 1997, her report just goes back to 2002. Most of her first term in office is missing.Republican Party of Louisiana Chairman Roger Villere issued the following statement:
"Staffers change over time and so do donors. But the one thing that has not changed throughout this entire time is Mary Landrieu. She instilled a culture where this illegal, unethical activity was not only accepted, but was common practice. No apology changes the fact Senator Landrieu has repeatedly broken the law and betrayed Louisiana’s trust. Without public pressure, Landrieu would still be using taxpayer money as her personal slush fund to cling to power.“Instead of the bookkeeping error Landrieu tried to pass this off as, it is now a criminal matter. Senator Landrieu has shown contempt for the laws and taxpayers of our country in a systematic fashion meant to further her own power. Her cynical, power-hungry politics for personal gain underscores how out of touch with Louisiana middle class priorities Landrieu has become after 17 years living in Washington, D.C.
“Voters will remember Landrieu’s disregard for the law and misuse of their money and will hold her accountable this fall.” – LAGOP Chairman Roger Villere
Questions that still need to be answered:
Instead of the full accounting of 17 years of travel she promised, this report only looks at the last 12. What is Senator Landrieu hiding from 1997 to 2002?
Why has she listed no flights since March 2014 when she had previously been taking a flight almost every month?
Will Landrieu continue to bill taxpayers for private charter travel?
Does Landrieu take back her callous statement from Qualifying that the illegally-spent taxpayer money wasn’t “going to send anyone to college. It's not going to build any levees. It's not going to help people pay their flood insurance”?