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Senate officials rejected Duffy makeup claim

OTTAWA - The Mike Duffy trial is digging into the nitty gritty of the suspended senator's expenses and the paperwork he filed during his initial years in the upper chamber.Some of Thursday's testimony focused on a $300 claim for the services of a makeup artist hired in March 2009 for a photo shoot of Duffy for his official Senate portrait.But the woman who ran the Senate's finance directorate at the time testified she rejected the claim because it was a personal expense, not a parliamentary one.Nicole Proulx — now the Senate's chief corporate services officer — said the "uniqueness'' of the expense claim prompted an employee to bring it to her attention.Duffy has pleaded not guilty to 31 charges of fraud, breach of trust and bribery concerning his Senate expense claims.Some of the charges involve $65,000 in contracts awarded to Duffy's friend Gerald Donohue, with some of that money later going to others through Donohue's companies.Previous testimony indicates makeup artist Jacqueline A. Lambert was among those paid with these funds.Since the trial began April 7, Duffy's lawyer has argued that his client followed the rules as they exist and, if anything, is guilty of administrative errors and nothing criminal.

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