Feds seek $140,000 fine from Craig in bathroom case

Feds seek $140,000 fine from Craig in bathroom case

Feds seek $140,000 fine from Craig in bathroom case

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by Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on October 4, 2013 at 3:18 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 4 at 4:53 PM

BOISE -- Federal election regulators want former U.S Sen. Larry Craig of Idaho to pay fines totaling $140,000 and return more than $216,000 to his campaign, arguing he misused the money to fund his legal defense after his arrest in a 2007 airport bathroom sex sting.

The Federal Election Commission proposed the penalties earlier this week in filings to U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson in Washington, D.C.

In April, Jackson refused to dismiss the FEC's lawsuit against Craig alleging he illegally tapped campaign funds.

He's been fighting the government's claims, arguing his 2007 airport bathroom trip at the airport in Minneapolis 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 cash.

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