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Aug 14, 2014 6:30 PM by AP

Landrieu reimbursing Senate for charter flights

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu is under scrutiny for billing private chartered planes to her Senate office when she used the flights to attend campaign fundraisers.

The Democratic senator spent $3,200 in taxpayer money for a flight from New Orleans to Lake Charles for a November fundraiser, though federal law doesn't allow such payments.

Landrieu's campaign blamed a billing mix-up from the charter company, and the Senate was refunded the money.

Now, Landrieu is reimbursing a $5,700 Dallas flight charged to her office in September. The senator's office says Landrieu was traveling on a connecting flight when a fundraiser was added to her schedule.

Both reimbursements were first reported by CNN.

Landrieu's Republican opponents are accusing the senator of a pattern of improperly using taxpayer dollars to pay for campaign flights.

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