GOP leader presses for more Landrieu flight detail
BATON ROUGE - The chairman of the Republican National Committee is calling on U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu to release all records of her taxpayer-funded charter flights for an independent review.
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said Wednesday if the three-term Democratic incumbent is unwilling to yield to such scrutiny, she should reimburse the federal treasury for all private flight spending.
The push for more information comes after Landrieu acknowledged she improperly billed her Senate office for nearly $43,000 in charter costs that should have been paid from her campaign account. Her campaign has reimbursed the federal treasury.
Landrieu's review of flights dated back to February 2002, leaving out her first term. Her campaign said federal rules changed in 2002 to allow flight costs to be split between Senate and campaign accounts for mixed-purpose trips.