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Aug 15, 2014 8:05 PM by AP

Landrieu orders review of all flights

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, under scrutiny for billing private chartered planes to her Senate office when she used the flights to attend campaign fundraisers, has ordered a complete review of all such payments made over the course of her 18 years in the Senate.

The issue has plagued her re-election campaign. Her two Republican opponents in the Nov. 4 election are questioning whether nearly $9,000 in reimbursements for flights that took the Democratic senator to fundraisers have unveiled a pattern of improperly using taxpayer dollars to pay for campaign events.

Landrieu's communications director, Matthew Lehner, said in a statement Friday that the senator has ordered counsel to review all payments made with official funds, review internal office procedures and make recommendations to ensure accurate payments are made in the future.

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