A federal judge disagreed with former Senator Larry Craig’s claim that he legitimately spent $217,000 of his campaign money on legal fees after being caught in an airport bathroom sex sting.
Craig claims that his infamous arrest occurred while he was on official travel for senate duties, thus he can use his campaign funds to pay for legal fees. The Federal Election Commission, who is suing Craig for misusing his campaign funds, obviously begs to differ.
On Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson noted that Craig crossed the bounds of acceptable appropriation of funds once he jaunted into illegal activity.
The Idaho Republican was arrested in 2007 when an undercover police officer conducting a sting operation caught Craig seemingly trolling for sex in a Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport bathroom. Craig allegedly tapped his foot underneath a bathroom stall, secretly indicating he was looking for a little something something.
The senator quietly pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and paid a fine, but then attempted to reverse the conviction once the story broke in the news.
Jackson also brought up a letter Craig’s lawyers wrote to the Senate Ethics Committee that demonstrated Craig’s actions were clearly not ‘official Senate business.’ In the letter, the lawyers wrote the incident involved “purely personal conduct unrelated to the performance of official Senate duties."
As of now, the FEC is asking the court to force Craig to return the money, as well as pay up to $6,500 in additional fines.
Source: Penn Live