- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 2, 2014

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana’s Republican Party filed a complaint Tuesday with the Senate’s ethics committee against Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu’s use of private chartered planes.

The complaint, lodged by party executive director Jason Dore, accuses Landrieu of violating federal law by billing her taxpayer-funded Senate office for flights to attend campaign fundraisers.

“As a taxpayer who resides in the state of Louisiana, I am disappointed that my senator would feel entitled to act above the law by using my tax dollars to fund her re-election campaign,” Dore wrote in the letter.

Landrieu, seeking re-election on Nov. 4, ordered a review of all flight payments after Republicans questioned whether nearly $9,000 in reimbursements revealed a pattern of improperly using taxpayer dollars to pay for campaign events.

The incumbent senator called the payments a bookkeeping mistake that shouldn’t have happened. She said she will release the findings of the flight review, being conducted by an outside law firm, later this month.

“These are discrepancies we have found. They are bookkeeping errors,” Landrieu said when she signed up for re-election.

GOP leaders have questioned $20,000 in flights as improperly billed to Landrieu’s Senate office.

“The facts show, at best, extreme carelessness and, at worst, utter disregard for the distinction between official and campaign activities,” Dore wrote.

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