As people see, it’s quite rare that I post here. I mostly do it so there is a central place to report on elements of my cases that still appear in the news. Larry Craig is the gift that keeps on giving.
This story is almost unbelievable to me. Craig is actually trying to charge his legal defense — $217,000 worth — to his campaign. I kid you not.
From the Associated Press:
BOISE, Idaho – Former Republican U.S. senator Larry Craig aims to fend off a federal election lawsuit against him by arguing his infamous July 11, 2007, Minneapolis airport bathroom visit that ended in his sex-sting arrest was part of his official Senate business.
Craig is hoping to avoid repaying $217,000 in campaign funds the Federal Election Commission claims he misused to defend himself.
The FEC sued Craig in June in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., alleging he converted the campaign money to personal use by spending it on his legal defense after he was accused of soliciting sex in a Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport bathroom. The commission argues Craig’s defense had no connection to his campaign for federal office.
Craig counters that money tied to his airport bathroom trip was neither for personal use or his campaign, but falls under his official, reimbursable duties as senator because he was traveling between Idaho and the nation’s capital for work.