Larry Craig

3:43 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Federal Election Commission Says Former Idaho Sen. Larry Craig Spent Money Illegally

Larry Craig was arrested in a 2007 airport bathroom sex sting.
Credit Joe Jaszewski / The Idaho Statesman

Federal Election Commission lawyers urged a federal judge not to heed U.S. Sen. Larry Craig's contention that regulators are being too hard on him and force him to pay nearly $360,000 in fines and restitution for tapping campaign accounts for his legal defense following his 2007 arrest in an airport bathroom sex sting.

The FEC says the Idaho Republican ignored the U.S. Senate's own warnings not to spend the money.

This battle has gone on more than a year, as the commission seeks to force Craig to repay his campaign.

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Idaho News
12:59 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Idaho's Ex-Senator Larry Craig Wins More Time To Fight FEC

Credit U.S. Senate

Ex-U.S. Sen. Larry Craig won more time to file court paperwork as he fights federal election regulators who contend he misused campaign funds to defend himself following his 2007 arrest in an airport bathroom sex sting.

A judge in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., Thursday gave Craig until Nov. 13 to file documents opposing the Federal Election Commission's proposal he be forced to pay $140,000 in fines and return $217,000 to his campaign accounts.

Previously, Craig's documents were due by Wednesday.

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Idaho News
3:59 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

FEC Seeks $140K Fine From Former Idaho Senator Larry Craig In Bathroom Case

Credit U.S. Senate

Federal election regulators want former U.S. Sen. Larry Craig to pay $140,000 in fines and return more than $216,000 to his campaign, arguing he misused the money to fund his legal defense after his arrest in a 2007 airport bathroom sex sting.

The Federal Election Commission proposed the penalties earlier this week in filings to U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson in Washington, D.C.

In March, Jackson refused to dismiss the FEC's lawsuit against the Idaho senator alleging he illegally tapped campaign funds.

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7:44 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Suit Over How Larry Craig Paid Legal Bills Heads To Court

Larry Craig
Credit U.S. Senate

Idaho's former U.S. Senator Larry Craig is back in court this week in a case related to his 2007 arrest for disorderly conduct in an airport men's room. This time, the question is over Craig's use of $200,000 in campaign funds to pay his legal bills. A federal judge hears the case on Wednesday. 

The Federal Election Commission says campaign contributions are only supposed to be used on ordinary expenses incurred on the job. And Craig's arrest by an undercover cop who accused the senator of soliciting sex in a bathroom? The FEC says that counts as personal.

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8:27 am
Thu April 5, 2012

Off The Record: A Fictional Take On Idaho Senator Craig

Boise Contemporary Theater

It’s a news story that, in Idaho, has become a legend. A conservative senator arrested for soliciting sex with another man in an airport bathroom. In video from C-SPAN from 2007 Idaho Senator Larry Craig apologizes just after the story broke.

“While I was not involved in any inappropriate conduct at the Minneapolis airport or anywhere else, I chose to plead guilty to a lesser charge in hopes of making it go away," he said. "That was a mistake and I deeply regret it.”

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