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Huckleberries: Craig’s new GOP job prompts potshot

Wonkette, the left-leaning online mag, said the selection of former U.S. Sen. Larry Craig to be finance chair for the Idaho Republican Party is “an inspiring holiday story of forgiveness and redemption.” Wonkette, of course, was being sarcastic. In a recent article, Wonkette’s Doctor Zoom continued: “It’s heartening to know that even after Craig was arrested in 2007 and charged with soliciting sex in a bathroom stall in the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport, then ordered to pay the Treasury Department roughly $242,000 after using campaign funds to cover his legal defense, Idaho Republicans are still willing to give Sen. Widestance a second chance.”

Ex-Sen. Larry Craig appeals order to pay $242,000

Former Idaho Sen. Larry Craig, the newly named finance chairman for the Idaho Republican Party, is appealing a federal judge’s order that he pay $242,000 to the U.S. Treasury to make up for improperly using campaign funds to cover legal expenses incurred after his 2007 arrest in an airport bathroom sex sting. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson ordered Craig on Sept. 30 to pay the “amount he was unjustly enriched” by using the campaign funds, $197,535, plus a court-imposed $45,000 penalty, “which the Court finds necessary and appropriate to punish defendants’ misconduct and to deter future misconduct by others.”

Larry Craig appeals judge’s order on misuse of campaign funds

Former Idaho Sen. Larry Craig, the newly named finance chairman for the Idaho Republican Party, is appealing a federal judge’s order to pay more than $242,000 to the U.S. Treasury to make up for improper use of campaign funds to cover legal expenses incurred after his 2007 arrest in an airport bathroom sex sting.

FEC wants ex-Sen. Larry Craig to pay fines, return money

BOISE – Federal election regulators want former U.S. Sen. Larry Craig to pay $140,000 in fines and return nearly $217,000 to his campaign, arguing he misused the money to fund his legal defense after his 2007 arrest in an airport bathroom sex sting. The Federal Election Commission proposed the penalties 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 Craig alleging he illegally tapped campaign funds.

Doug Clark: Craig fund stimulates reader fun

Last week I plucked shamelessly at my readers’ heartstrings. I asked all of you to dig deep into your sofa cushions and pull out a dime that you could mail me to benefit ex-Sen. Larry Craig’s ongoing courtroom commode woes.