Day Before Shutdown FEC Sought Penalties from Former Senator

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The Federal Election Commission is seeking $70,000 from former Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, and $70,000 from his campaign committee, for using campaign funds to pay over $213,000 for legal fees incurred in connection with his arrest and conviction on a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport in 2007.

Commission rules already treat expenses associated with a divorce or charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, as personal, rather than campaign or officeholder related.

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View a case summary prepared by the FEC.