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Mary Landrieu blames sloppy bookkeeping for taxpayer-funded campaign flights


The Times-Picayune is reporting that Sen. Mary Landrieu on Friday issued the results of an internal investigation that uncovered $33,700 in campaign flights that were charged to her Senate account.

Mary Landrieu internal investigation finds $33,700 in improperly charged flights http://t.co/GQZoW4NU24

— NOLA.com (@NOLAnews) September 12, 2014

Landrieu blamed sloppy book keeping for the controversy:

“The review I ordered last month found these mistakes stemming from sloppy book keeping. I take full responsibility. They should have never happened, and I apologize for this,” Landrieu said“A new system has been established that has been successfully used by a number of senate offices to provide a safeguard from this happening in the future.”

Landrieu blames sloppy bookkeeping: “I take full responsibility. This should have never happened & I apologize…” http://t.co/reYbSCMbyx

— James Hohmann (@jameshohmann) September 12, 2014

The $33,727.02 Landrieu is paying back is only 11% percent of total charged to federal govt for chartered flights: http://t.co/reYbSCMbyx.

— James Hohmann (@jameshohmann) September 12, 2014

Bill Cassidy demands Mary Landrieu release/review all her flight records back to 1997 — not just 2002 — for possible reimbursement.

— James Hohmann (@jameshohmann) September 12, 2014

RNC communications director Sean Spicer was quick to jump on the news.

43 = how many flights @MaryLandrieu is reimbursing taxpayers 4 her campaign trips. Thats not a book keeping problem, thats incompetence.

— Sean Spicer (@seanspicer) September 12, 2014

.@MaryLandrieu repays almost $34K for flights via @Gannett http://t.co/jTXsPRz9cg

— Sean Spicer (@seanspicer) September 12, 2014

Report: @MaryLandrieu Billed Taxpayers for Campaign Trips Dating Back to 2000 @NRO http://t.co/EPuaDeDAWq

— Sean Spicer (@seanspicer) September 12, 2014

RNC spokesman Michael Short told National Review Online it was no mistake that Landrieu let her self-imposed deadline of Sept. 8 pass before releasing the report. “With at least 9 more potentially illegal taxpayer-funded charter flights in question, it’s clear why Senator Landrieu decided not to release her report on time,” he said. “These flights suggest a longstanding pattern of abuse of taxpayer dollars dating back to her first term in office – not a bookkeeping error – and a strong contempt for hardworking Louisiana taxpayers”




‘Spring break in Siberia is off’: Pols react to being #SanctionedByPutin

Not so fast, there. The #SanctionedByPutin hashtag is taking off after all, and the Wall Street Journal has even declared those who have been sanctioned members of “the hottest club in D.C.” Who in Washington is cool enough to be a member of this exclusive club?

Also sanctioned were National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Adviser Caroline Atkinson, and White House aide Daniel Pfeiffer. If you’re not on that list, you weren’t sanctioned. Sorry.