FEC Sues Former Senator Larry Craig Over Campaign Funds


By Paul Johnson

Boise, Idaho (KIFI-TV) KIFI TV in Idaho Falls is reporting that former Idaho Republican U.S. Sen. Larry Craig is being sued by federal election regulators who contend he misused some $217,000 in campaign funds for his legal defense after his arrest in a 2007 airport bathroom sex sting.
Federal Election Commission officials said in their complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., that Craig should repay the money and pay a fine. Craig had been accused of soliciting sex in a bathroom at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
He later pleaded guilty, saying he only wanted to keep the story quiet. Regulators said the campaign money was converted to personal use because Craig's defense in Minnesota had no connection to his campaign for federal office.
A call to Craig's Washington, D.C., lobbying firm wasn't returned Monday evening.

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