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Larry Craig uses campaign funds for legal fees
Politico ^ | October 22, 2007

Posted on 10/23/2007 5:49:09 AM PDT by Sopater

Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) has used $23,000 in campaign funds to pay the top Washington ethics lawyer, Stan Brand, who is fighting his case before the Senate ethics committee, according to Craig’s latest filing with the Federal Election Commission.

No additional legal expenses appear in the report, but they eventually will. Craig, according to his office, has decided to use his campaign committee for attorney fees related to his criminal defense in Minnesota as well.

“A better read (of the latest report) is that Stan Brand bills more quickly,” Craig’s spokesman, Dan Whiting, wrote in an email. The report covers spending from July 1 to Sept. 30 and showed Craig with $475,000 left in the bank.

Tapping campaign funds for what some might argue is a personal legal expense could raise eyebrows at the FEC, which prohibits personal use of campaign funds, but determines on a case-by-case basis whether such funds are being used properly.

Craig must argue that his legal fight in Minnesota – he is seeking the withdrawal of his guilty plea on disorderly conduct charges stemming from a men’s restroom sex sting – is related his office.

Jan Baran, an election law expert and former general counsel of the Republican National Committee, said the argument would be unusual, but it can be made.

(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; US: Idaho; US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: craig; doofus; gay; gayagenda; gaybashing; gayculture; gaylifestyle; gayrights; gays; glbt; guilty; homophobia; homosexuality; homosexuals; larrycraig; moron; perversion; perverts; whatanidiot
This guy is really looking like a stain on the Republican party.
1 posted on 10/23/2007 5:49:10 AM PDT by Sopater
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To: Sopater

Real conservatives would feel shame.


2 posted on 10/23/2007 5:50:33 AM PDT by AU72
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To: Sopater

3 posted on 10/23/2007 5:52:05 AM PDT by Pistolshot
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To: AU72
Real conservatives wouldn’t cruise airport restrooms for a gay fun.
4 posted on 10/23/2007 5:52:23 AM PDT by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: AU72

Please go away Larry Craig


5 posted on 10/23/2007 5:52:34 AM PDT by Long Island Pete
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To: Dixie Yooper
Real conservatives wouldn’t cruise airport restrooms for a gay fun.

Real conservatives even avoid using airport restrooms for their intended purpose whenever possible.
6 posted on 10/23/2007 5:56:56 AM PDT by Sopater (A wise man's heart inclines him to the right, but a fool's heart to the left. ~ Ecclesiastes 10:2)
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To: Sopater
"Craig must argue that his legal fight in Minnesota – is related his office."

Depends on how your definition of the word "office"

7 posted on 10/23/2007 5:57:18 AM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: Sopater

GO AWAY, LARRY.


8 posted on 10/23/2007 6:11:21 AM PDT by ishabibble (ALL-AMERICAN INFIDEL)
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To: Sopater

When is he gonna throw his hat, or shoes, in the presidential ring?


9 posted on 10/23/2007 6:12:56 AM PDT by period end of story (I have a bird that whistles, and I have birds that sing.)
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To: period end of story
"When is he gonna throw his hat, or shoes, in the presidential ring?"

Just my opinion, but it sure does look like the Libs are pulling his strings now. Wonder what other skeletons this loser has in his closet.

10 posted on 10/23/2007 6:17:26 AM PDT by Post-Neolithic (Money only makes Communists rich Communists)
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To: Sopater

“Tapping campaign funds for personal legal expense could raise eyebrows at the FEC...”

Well, up to now the FEC has taken a pretty wide stance! :-)


11 posted on 10/23/2007 6:21:25 AM PDT by TRY ONE (NUKE the unborn gay whales!)
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To: Sopater

Craig really should quit “stalling”.


12 posted on 10/23/2007 6:23:28 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: TRY ONE
“Tapping campaign funds for personal legal expense could raise eyebrows at the FEC...”

Tapping toes raises eyebrows with the police.

13 posted on 10/23/2007 6:25:14 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde
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To: TRY ONE

Funny how no mention is made in this article about other politicians that use campaign funds for legal defence.

Demoncrats from Louisiana, Ohio, New Jersey and California come to mind.

Poorly researched article, never mentioning the history of FEC tough (cough!) enforcement in campaign laws.

Not a new article, just a smear attempt.


14 posted on 10/23/2007 6:39:45 AM PDT by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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To: Sopater
It's all about Larry baby!! He could care less about the party, conservatism, or anything except saving his degenerate ass.
15 posted on 10/23/2007 6:46:02 AM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Sopater

The only losers are those on this board who jump at the chance to slit the throat of one of their own. Larry Craig is one of the most reliable Senators who stood up and continues to stand up against the eco-communist running our government. But, since folks in the republican party who are only interested in killing it, we will reap the benefits of being puppets of the extreme left wing nazis.
There are only cowards and selfish power hungry people in the republican party these days. Better to hang someone and let the seat go to another democrat than do anything to stand up for the guy and win which is clearly a set up by the demonazi party.
I bet not one of you know what the founders of this country said about Hamiltons personal shenannigans during the first congress. “NONE OF OUR BUSINESS” is what they said. This is the same.


16 posted on 10/23/2007 7:32:13 AM PDT by crz
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To: crz
The only losers are those on this board who jump at the chance to slit the throat of one of their own.

Craig slit his own throat by showing extremely poor judgment throughout this episode.

17 posted on 10/23/2007 8:03:00 AM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: Fiji Hill

None of our business!


18 posted on 10/23/2007 8:37:01 AM PDT by crz
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To: crz

A misdemeanor is, by definition, a public offense, so it is our business.


19 posted on 10/23/2007 1:40:37 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: crz

Is Craig’s use of campaign funds for personal matters also none of our business?


20 posted on 10/23/2007 1:51:32 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: Sopater
Congress passed zero tolerance laws.

Let's have a little zero tolerance for them. One strike and you're out.

If they can do that to kids, they can live with it too.

21 posted on 01/08/2008 3:43:05 PM PST by pray4liberty (Watch and pray.)
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