Government Corruption Update: McCaskill's self-dealing; N.Y. lawmaker buster; Jindal's lobbyist fundraiser 

Here's a brief roundup of some top stories on the revolving door, corruption, and abuse of government power.

Sen. McCaskill's self-dealing with tax dollars: Senators and Congressmen get an annual administrative budget to cover staff salaries and official travel, among other things. Sen. McCaskill spent some of that money to pay for private jet flights. But the person she was paying with that money: herself.

Politico reports:

She’s spent nearly $76,000 in public funds since 2007 to fly on a charter plane she co-owns with her husband and other investors, a POLITICO analysis of public records show.

As a senator, McCaskill has flown at least 89 flights chartered by Sunset Cove Associates LLC — a company incorporated in 2002 by her husband, St. Louis businessman Joe Shepard, according to records kept by the Missouri Secretary of State’s Office. All of those flights were paid for from McCaskill’s Senate office budget....

After POLITICO contacted McCaskill’s office Tuesday about this issue, a McCaskill aide said Wednesday that the senator — while stating that the all the flights were legal, in accordance with Senate ethics rules and actually cheaper than other travel options — will send a check worth more than $88,000 to the Treasury Department to cover all costs associated with the flights.

State senator in NY turns himself into the feds: Sen. Carl Kruger, D, until last year chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, turned himself into federal prosecutors. It's still a bit of a mystery what the case involves. The NY Post reports:

Kruger has been under investigation since 2007 by Brooklyn federal prosecutors for allegations he performed official acts in exchange for campaign donations.

But that ongoing probe is not related to charges Kruger, the ranking Democrat on the Senate's Finance Committee, will face today in Manhattan federal court, sources said.

Those charges relate to lobbying involving hospitals in the city, NBC said.

K St. lobbyist Livingston becomes top fundraiser for La. GOP: Bob Livingston, a wealthy, well-connected, and powerful Washington lobbyist, is becoming the new Treasurer for the Louisiana Republican Party.

Livingston used to be the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, and his current clients include the Cities of New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Northrop Grumman, the New Orleans Business Council, Rolls Royce, and Verizon -- and recntly, Egypt.

The Times-Picayune reports:

Livingston said taking the fundraising assignment for the Louisiana GOP would not in any way undermine the work of The Livingston Group.

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