The Liberty Committeeís checkbook for much of the period in question was under the control of Nora LeBlanc, the mother-in-law of one of Rep. Paulís daughters. Rep. Paulís daughter, Lori Pyeatt, has long been the treasurer for Rep. Paulís campaign committees, as well as for the Liberty Political Action Committee and the Foundation for Rational Economics and Education (FREE), other groups that reimbursed Rep. Paul.
David James, the head of the Liberty Committee, told Roll Call that in March 2005, he discovered what he believed to be a case of accidental double billing while looking for documentation for a flight. Mr. James brought the matter to the attention of Rep. Paulís office. Rep. Paul reimbursed the Liberty Committee $403.70 for the flight, but the incident caused a rift.
Rep. Paul stopped submitting expenses to the Liberty Committee and eventually tried to take control of the group away from Mr. James, but failed. Ms. LeBlanc turned the groupís financial records and checkbook over to Mr. James in 2006.