The report found 136 campaign functions were conducted during 43 trips paid for by the Senate office dating back to 2002...
The plane controversy has given Republican challengers Rep. Bill Cassidy and Rob Maness ammunition to hound Landrieu as the highly competitive race enters the final few weeks...
Cassidy's campaign questioned what might be found in the travel records between 1997 and 2002.
"Sen. Landrieu cites a rule change in 2002, but prior to that, it was also illegal to bill taxpayers for private flights. Given Sen. Landrieu's own admission of faulty oversight, how do taxpayers know that problems did not exist prior to 2002?" said Cassidy spokesman John Cummins.
Maness called both Cassidy and Landrieu "creatures of Washington" and said the plane controversy highlighted how out of touch Washington representatives are with the real world.
Landrieu's top five fun Charter-gate facts?
- 1 out of every 10 travel dollars spent by Landrieu was improperly charged to taxpayers.
- In total, 43 flights were found to have been improperly charged to taxpayers.
- Landrieu’s campaign said the report would be available before Sept. 8 when the Senate came back into session, but instead released it 4 days late... in a Friday afternoon news dump.
- Landrieu’s campaign said that all 17 years of her Senate travel records would be reviewed, but today’s report only goes back to 2002 – 5 years are still unaccounted for.
- Landrieu told reporters when she qualified for the ballot that the taxpayer money spent on private flights wasn’t “going send anyone to college. It's not going to build any levees. It's not going to help people pay their flood insurance.”
And what does the Obama lackey Landrieu blame her "oversight on?
Of course: "sloppy book keeping."
You guys know that I am no fan of establishment Republicans, but this Democrat carbon footprint needs to go in November.
Hat tip: BadBlue News.