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GOP says Landrieu charter flight review has holes

4 years 1 month 4 weeks ago Monday, September 15 2014 Sep 15, 2014 September 15, 2014 1:18 PM September 15, 2014 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Melinda Deslatte

BATON ROUGE - Republicans say U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu fell short of her pledge to review all her taxpayer-funded private charter flights to make sure they complied with the law.

The Democratic senator, seeking re-election on the November ballot, released a review of flights dating back to February 2002.

Republicans, including Landrieu opponent U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, say the three-term incumbent cherry-picked what she chose to release. They question why she didn't comb through flights from her first six years in Congress.

Landrieu said her campaign reimbursed the federal treasury for nearly $34,000 in flight costs involving political fundraisers.

Her campaign says the review only went back 12 years because that's when federal rules changed to allow flight costs to be split between Senate and campaign accounts if the trip had mixed purposes.

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