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How Much Did Senator Mary Landrieu Staff Retreat Cost Taxpayers

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A recent Washington Post-ABC News poll found 51 percent of Americans disapprove of the way their Congressional representative is “handling his or her job.”

One of the reasons Congress is held in low esteem by Americans is that far too many elected officials take advantage of the perks of their office and live large at the expense of taxpayers.

Our federal elected officials travel the world on so-called fact finding missions among numerous other perks.

Thanks to the Sunlight Foundation we can now examine Senate records to examine the expenses of Senate offices.

The Washington Free Beacon wrote about the costs of staff retreats by Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA).

According to Senate disbursement data, Landrieu took her then-staff of 52 to Annapolis for a “retreat” for three days in late March 2012. The trip cost $14,727.77 in per diems, $348 for transportation, and $565.60 for “staff incidentals,” a total of $15,641.37.

The staff stayed at the Loews Hotel, which features “luxurious suites decked out in nautical style,” and is described as the “ultimate in Chesapeake Bay lodging.” According to the records, staff also attended a training conference during the retreat, which cost $2,871.02 in registration fees.

In 2011, the office retreat was held in Washington, D.C., and New Orleans. Costs to stay at the International House, a hostel in Washington, beginning Feb. 22 totaled $20,124.80, including $18,720.32 for per diems, and $1,404.48 for transportation. Landrieu’s office also spent $2,368 to go to New Orleans on Feb. 24.

In total, Landrieu spent over $46,000 for staff retreats since 2011 with the total cost of her office running just over $8 million including salaries.

Unfortunately for taxpayers, Landrieu is working according to the American Express slogan, “membership has its privileges.”

Landrieu is facing a tough re-election race this year. Hopefully, the people of Louisiana will consider her spending habits when they go to the polls this November.

Deneen Borelli

Deneen Borelli is the author of Blacklash: How Obama and the Left are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation. Deneen is a contributor with Newsmax Broadcasting. She is a former Fox News contributor and has appeared regularly on “Hannity,” “Fox & Friends,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” and “America’s Newsroom.” She has also appeared on Fox Business Network programs “Making Money with Charles Payne,” “The Evening Edit with Liz MacDonald,” and “Cavuto: Coast to Coast.” Previously, Deneen appeared on MSNBC, CNN, the BBC and C-SPAN. In addition to television, Deneen co-hosted radio programs on the SiriusXM Patriot channel with her husband Tom. Recently, Deneen co-hosted the Reigniting Liberty podcast with Tom. Deneen is a frequent speaker at political events, including the FreedomWorks 9.12.2009 March on D.C. which drew a crowd estimated at over 800,000 people. Deneen is also an Ambassador with CloutHub.com, a social media platform that promotes free speech, and with the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) which advances policies that put Americans first. Deneen testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources in May 2011 and before the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee in December 2011. Previously, Deneen was a BlazeTV.com host, Outreach Director with FreedomWorks.org overseeing its Empower.org outreach program, a Project 21 Senior Fellow, and Manager of Media Relations with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Prior to joining CORE, Deneen worked at Philip Morris USA for 20 years. During her corporate career at Philip Morris she worked in various positions, her last as Project Management Coordinator in the Information Management department where she was responsible for the department’s mandated quality processes, communications, sales information and database management. Deneen began her Philip Morris career as a secretary and advanced to positions of increasing responsibilities. Deneen worked full-time and attended classes at night for 11 years to earn her B.A. in Managerial Marketing from Pace University, New York City. Deneen served on the Board of Trustees with The Opportunity Charter School in Harlem, New York. She appeared in educational videos for children, worked as a runway fashion model, and auditioned for television commercials. Her interests include ancient history, pistol target shooting, photography, and volunteering at her church. Deneen currently resides in Connecticut with her husband Tom.

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