Monday, March 11, 2013

AP: Judge Questions Larry Craig's Use of Campaign Funds For Bathroom Sting Defense

Posted By on Mon, Mar 11, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Former Idaho U.S. Sen. Larry Craig, who adamantly denied doing anything wrong when he was busted in a 2007 airport bathroom sex sting, was told by a federal judge this morning that using campaign funds for his legal defense probably didn't hold water.

The Associated Press reports that U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson said this morning that Craig's argument that his infamous airport bathroom trip fell under his official duties as senator because he was traveling between Idaho and Washington, D.C., "had no connection to his duties, other than being in an airport."

In fact, the AP reports that Jackson pointed to a letter from Craig's lawyers that said their client's arrest and conviction was "purely personal conduct unrelated to the performance of official Senate duties."

"I'm supposed to ignore that?" asked Jackson.

The Federal Election Commission is suing Craig, asking that the former senator return $217,000 to his campaign fund, along with fines of up to $6,500.

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