Friday, March 29, 2013

Federal Judge: Larry Craig Had No Business Using Campaign Dollars To Fight Sex-Sting Charges

Posted By on Fri, Mar 29, 2013 at 9:06 AM

A federal judge told former U.S. Sen. Larry Craig that he was out of line to use campaign funds to pay for his defense after he was busted in a 2007 airport bathroom sex sting.

The ruling came down Thursday from U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who said Craig's arrest had nothing do with his official duties as a U.S. senator. Craig was trying to fight a lawsuit from the Federal Election Commission, which charged Craig had improperly used $200,000 from his campaign war chest to fight disorderly conduct charges after he allegedly made a pass at an undercover police officer in a Minnesota airport bathroom.

"Whether being in the men's room was in connection with his duties is not even the relevant inquiry. The issue is whether the expenses were incurred in connection with the duties of the office holder — and indeed, whether they were 'ordinary and necessary' expenses incurred in connection with those duties," wrote Jackson. ""While it may be that Senator Craig had cause to pass through the airport in connection with his duties as an office holder, and even to visit the restroom as a necessary incident to that trip, whether the travel was in connection with his duties is not the relevant inquiry."

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