Larry Craig campaign funds ruling: Ex-Idaho senator owes government.

Larry Craig Sanctioned for Financing Bathroom Sex Defense With Campaign Funds

Larry Craig Sanctioned for Financing Bathroom Sex Defense With Campaign Funds

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Oct. 1 2014 11:36 AM

Larry Craig Sanctioned for Financing Bathroom Sex Defense With Campaign Funds

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Larry Craig.

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A judge says former Idaho Sen. Larry Craig must pay $242,000 because he improperly used campaign money to pay legal fees after his 2007 Minneapolis Airport arrest for signaling to an undercover officer that he wanted to engage in sexual activity in a bathroom stall.*

"Craig incurred the legal costs after seeking to withdraw his guilty plea to one count of disorderly conduct at the airport during a layover from a return flight to Washington from his home," the Washington Post writes. The senator was arrested in June of 2007 and pleaded guilty on Aug. 8, 2007—but news of the incident didn't become public until Roll Call reported it on Aug. 27, 2007, after which the Craig attempted unsuccessfully to withdraw his plea.

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Correction, Oct. 1, 2014: This post originally misstated that Larry Craig was a senator from Montana.