View Full Version : Obama Sen. Landrieu(D-Sleaze) Tosses Harry a Fund Raiser

11-23-2009, 07:49 AM
Louisiana should be proud as the democrat sleaze of the past continues today.

Sen. Landrieu to host New Orleans fundraiser for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
By Robert Travis Scott, The Times-Picayune
November 20, 2009, 9:11AM

Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., will host a fundraiser for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., in New Orleans next month, an event that comes on the heels of Reid's assistance getting Louisiana a windfall of Medicaid money in the health care reform bill.

The event was planned "several weeks ago," according to Landrieu's office. She and political consultant James Carville will host a brunch on Dec. 12 at the St. Charles Avenue home of David Voelker, an investor who chairs the Louisiana Recovery Authority and was a supporter of Barack Obama's presidential campaign.

Reid is leading Senate Democrats in an effort to pass a revamp of the nation's health care system that is strongly opposed by Republicans. He also faces a tough re-election bid in 2010.

As a moderate Democrat with reservations about the public-option health insurance program and other elements of the bill, Landrieu has been courted heavily to help pass the legislation with both procedural and direct votes on the measure.

She has not said which side she will take on a key vote expected Saturday to let the Senate start debate on the bill.

With help from Reid, the health care bill provides Louisiana with between $100 million and $300 million in Medicaid financing for fiscal 2011.

The money would help refill a large decrease in Medicaid funding due to a new federal calculation of the Louisiana's needs based on a rise in the state's personal income levels. State health officials say the income rise was an abnormal spike due to large sums of insurance and recovery money flowing into the state after Hurricane Katrina.

The fundraiser sets the entry bar for individuals at $4,800, plus $1,000 for a guest.