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A federal judge refused on Thursday to dismiss a Federal Election Commission lawsuit that accuses former Sen. Larry Craig of misusing $217,000 in campaign funds for his legal defense after his arrest in a 2007 airport bathroom sex sting. Craig had argued that the airport bathroom trip fell under his official duties as senator because he was traveling between Idaho and Washington for work, and therefore the legal fees could be paid for with campaign money. But U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson rejected that argument. She wrote in her ruling that the charge against Craig didn't relate “to his conduct as a legislator, but only actions undertaken in the privacy and anonymity of a restroom stall.” Jackson set a scheduling conference in the case for April 26/Associated Press. More here.
On Monday — four years and 364 days after his arrest in a Minneapolis airport — Larry Craig became a defendant in a civil case. This time, the Federal Election Commission sued the former senator, his campaign committee and Kaye O’Riordan, his former campaign treasurer. According to the FEC, some $217,000 was siphoned from campaign coffers into Craig’s criminal defense; the agency wants Craig to pay back the money, and is seeking fines for Craig and O’Riordan. Whether Craig violated campaign finance rules is a matter for a Washington. D.C., court to decide. But if the FEC’s claims are correct, Craig and his campaign team certainly violated their donors’ trust/Idaho Statesman. More here. (AP file photo of Larry Craig booking photos)
Question: Do you agree with Statesman editorial that former U.S. senator Larry Craig violated his donors' trust, if not FEC law, by using campaign money in his criminal defense?
More Info: At the time, Sali’s campaign blamed software problems. Only one other member of Congress, Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, had also failed to file a report that same quarter. … Sali’s campaign criticized press inquiries into his reports and complained that reporters had overemphasized the importance of disclosure forms in congressional races. In his recent e-mail to supporters, the subject line was “Media Bias.” “The media and the Walt Minnick campaign ignored my explanation, and my staff and I were openly accused of simply being incompetent.” “My staff and I have now been officially vindicated by the FEC,” he added.
Question: Do you agree with Sali that he has been vindicated by the Federal Election Commissin admission?