The Republican Party of Louisiana has filed a supplemental ethics complaint with the Senate Select Committee on Ethics to reflect new revelations about Senator Mary Landrieu’s illegal use of official Senate funds for campaign purposes.
The LAGOP asked for a full Senate investigation into Landrieu’s travel habits earlier this month. The supplemental complaint is based on the results of a Republican National Committee audit of her travel and Landrieu’s own report into the matter, which failed to include any analysis of her travel from 1997 to 2002. Landrieu’s report also leaves unanswered significant questions, including how the erroneous process was established and who was responsible for approving the illegal payments.
“Senator Landrieu’s internal review raises serious concerns and should prompt the Committee to conduct a full investigation of the Senator’s official travel expenses since she began serving in 1997,” LAGOP Executive Director Jason Doré writes in the amended complaint. “Although Senator Landrieu’s audit indicates that it follows a careful analysis of the records of each trip for which the Senator used official funds to pay for private charter flights, there is no description of the process used to conduct that analysis, no recitation of the staff interviewed, and does not include for public review the raw documents that one would expect from a thorough internal investigation that is designed to examine the issue from an objective posture.”
The supplemental complaint letter was faxed to the Senate Select Committee on Ethics Friday. A copy of the complaint letter can be found here.