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Sep222010

Watchdog Asks Senate To Investigate LA Senator

Image Courtesy: ABC News(NEW YORK) -- A watchdog group has asked Congress to investigate whether Louisiana Sen. David Vitter violated senate rules by using government funds to pay for a troubled aide to travel to Louisiana for court appearances and to perform court-ordered community service.

In a complaint lodged with the Senate Ethics Committee Tuesday, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) also asked the committee to investigate whether Vitter broke rules by paying aide Brent Furer's salary while Furer was on leave pending prosecution for an alleged knife-point attack on his ex-girlfriend.

"American taxpayers have a right to expect that their hard-earned dollars are spent on the people's business and not assisting a staff member facing criminal charges for drunk driving and domestic violence," said CREW executive director Melanie Sloan in the complaint. "Senator Vitter's continued protection of Mr. Furer - a clearly troubled and dangerous person - does not reflect creditably upon the Senate and merits the Committee's inquiry."

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