- Judge Dismisses McDaniel Challenge
- America's First Real Post-Cold War President
- Peters Keeps Lead in Michigan Senate Race
- Obama Hints He'll Delay Action in Immigration
- Baker Catches Coakley in New Poll
Day Before Shutdown FEC Sought Penalties from Former Senator
Posted at 2:02 p.m. on Oct. 7, 2013
The day before the government shutdown the independent agency monitoring campaign finance laws went after a significant penalty from a former Senator who is being sued for using campaign funds for personal use.
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.
In a September 30th federal court filing, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) sought penalties of $140,000 to have a real deterrent impact on other politicians who seek to use campaign funds for personal purposes, according to a report from McClatchy DC.
View a case summary prepared by the FEC.
To search detailed money-in-politics databases, visit Political MoneyLine.