Love’s situation hasn’t been helped by shifting stories over what started as a minor controversy about $1,160 in taxpayer money, putting her in the news for the wrong reasons.
Love’s office spent that money on airfare to Washington to attend the glitzy White House Correspondents Association dinner. It’s not an official event, and at first, Love told The Hill that she traveled to D.C. to hold a strategy meeting with her chief of staff and just happened to also attend the dinner. Love ended up repaying the money to the government, but her office’s story has shifted throughout.
Communications director Richard Piatt later told National Journal there was no formal meeting or specific time set ahead of time for a meeting, and that Love and her staff met informally throughout the weekend.
Love also initially told The Hill that she ran the trip by the House Ethics and Administration Committees. Piatt said Love didn’t actually get permission or guidance from either committee about her trip.