Federal Judge to Determine Whether Larry Craig Improperly Spent Campaign Funds to Defend His Toe-Tapping Antics

Former Senator Larry Craig's infamous Minneapolis airport restroom cruising is back in the spotlight, McClatchy reports:

LarrycraigA federal judge this week will confront the surprisingly important fallout from former Idaho Republican Sen. Larry Craig’s 2007 bathroom arrest.

Craig’s own money may be on the line Wednesday, but that’s not all. Other politicians, too, could have a future stake in what U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson says about how campaign dollars can be spent.

The Federal Election Commission says Craig improperly used more than $216,000 in campaign funds to pay attorneys after being charged with disorderly conduct for his behavior in a Minneapolis airport men’s room. Craig’s attorneys insist he was on official business and so could use his campaign treasury as other legally embattled lawmakers have done before him. The judicial resolution to this dispute could have a broad reach.

Craig is now a principal in New West Strategies, a self-described “strategic advocacy” firm with offices in Washington and Eagle, Idaho.

No word on how often he visits his old stomping ground on layovers.


  1. Bill says

    Here’s what really happened:

    Larry Craig probably should have plead not guilty: it was a high-turnover sting where they figured most people would accept a plea bargain rather than risk being embarrassed, and the arresting officer was in too much of a hurry to wait for Craig to ask, “My stall or yours?” I.e., for Craig to do something that would provide proof beyond a reasonable doubt.

    With what actually happened, he had a reasonable defense – “had to go really badly, was desperately looking for the first open stall, and am generally a real klutz. The officer misinterpreted clumsiness as some sort of sex signal that I had never heard of before.” Until I read about the Larry Craig incident, I didn’t know about the foot-tapping signals either, I guess due to my total lack of experience in picking up guys in public restrooms.

  2. Bill says

    @Little Kiwi: one of his excuses for the foot tapping would be, “I was using a stall for Number 2, but was having trouble with Number 1 and my foot was moving as an involuntary reaction.” I.e., blame it on an enlarged prostate. At his age, he could have claimed that.

    Remember, the criteria for getting off in court is “reasonable doubt”, not what we figure was most likely going on. I don’t think he would have been convicted in a trial given a good lawyer, but he sure deserved his 15 minutes of fame on late-night TV.

  3. anon says

    There are plenty of bad police sting operations against gay men, which occasionally dragoon straight men into the picture too, but a good lawyer would have gotten anyone out of it in 24 hours. LC spent a small fortune after he pled guilty, which was his original legal mistake. The first bit of advice lawyers give to anyone arrested is to not say anything until you get a lawyer.

  4. Bernie says

    and the comedy continues with this a….hole……since when does cruising for sex in a men’s room count as part of a business trip?!?!!??! The karma of this man keeps on going and no one deserves it more than him…..I am laughing myself silly on this……….

  5. Icebloo says

    The Judge will rule in Craig’s favor. Judges want MONEY. Their friends and colleagues are lawyers. Lawyers want MONEY.

    If the Judge rules that campaign funds can’t be spent on LAWYERS then that would mean they were cutting off their friends & their own endless money supply.

    Remember people – it’s ALL ABOUT THE MONEY !

  6. DC Arnold says

    Because he is total waste of space, Repugs will find the funds out of our taxes to pay his tab. See defense of DOMA after the Justice Dept. ceased defending it.

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