Politico reported yesterday that Lugar was "now consulting with the Senate’s disbursement office to determine whether the reimbursements should be paid for out of pocket or through his reelection campaign account." An examination of the records uncovered by Politico may reveal that in 2011 alone, Sen. Lugar may have been billing taxpayers for trips he made back to Indiana for political purporses. Those include the following trips:
- For a trip January 20-23, 2011, Lugar received a reimbursement for $393.73 for a trip that included for a fundraiser his campaign hosted in Carmel on January 21, 2011.
- For a trip May 31-June 4, 2011, Lugar received a reimbursement of $513.96, which included meetings at his Indianapolis campaign headquarters on June 1, 2011 and a National Republican Senatorial Committee event in Evansville on June 4, 2011.
- Lugar received a reimbursement of $162.83 for June 25-26, 2011 during which he attended a political event in Hamilton County.
- A reimbursement for July 3-5, 2011 of $813.13 included Lugar's attendance at a political event in Syracuse.
- For a trip made on July 8-July 10, 2011, Lugar received a reimbursement of $817.78 during which he attended a political event in Morgan County.
- A $551.14 reimbursement for the period of August 24-September 2, 2011 included at least one fundraiser for his campaign held in Kokomo and political events in Indianapolis, Columbus and Fort Wayne.
The Politico's Manu Raju has another story today about the pressure being put on Lugar to release the internal audit. "I have no idea what they want," Lugar told Raju. "We'll consider that but for now I'll just wait for their call." Quoting Parker, Raju writes, “Under extreme pressure, Sen. Lugar conducted an internal audit to find just how much he has billed Indiana taxpayers for hotels.” Parker continued, “After reimbursing taxpayers for rooms that he improperly billed them for, it is essential that Sen. Lugar make public the results of that audit. It’s a shame that it’s come to this: Indiana’s senior senator paying back taxpayers for staying in hotels when he could have just maintained a residence here.”