Hours after the Republican National Committee released a report Friday that claims Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) took nine more charter flights between 2000 and 2008 to campaign events that cost taxpayers an additional $130,527, Landrieu released her own report in which she admitted that taxpayers spent $33,700 on 43 charter flights to political events. It is illegal for members of Congress to pay for campaign activities with taxpayer funds. In Landrieu’s report, released four days after an announced deadline of September 8, she claimed that her campaign has now fully reimbursed the taxpayers for those flights. Republican spokespersons pounced on the news, which was released late Friday afternoon—the time of the week traditionally used by Washington politicians to “dump” news that is bad for them. In an emailed statement sent to Breitbart News late Friday, Republican National Commitee Chairman Reince Priebus called for an independent review of Landrieu’s travel expenses. “Forty-three inappropriately billed flights and misuse of tens of thousands in taxpayer dollars is a slap in the face to Louisianans,” Preibus said. “The sheer number of flights on the taxpayer dime warrants a more detailed investigation. Senator Landrieu needs to open her books to a purely independent review.” Jason Dore,
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