Judge won't dismiss FEC suit against former Sen. Craig

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Former Idaho Sen. Larry Craig has lost his bid to have a Federal Election Commission lawsuit against him dismissed, the Associated Press reports. The suit stems from his arrest in a 2007 restroom sex sting at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, and centers on his use of $217,000 in campaign funds for his legal defense in that case.

Craig had argued that the bathroom trip was part of his official duties as a senator because he was traveling between Idaho and Washington for work as a lawmaker. But Roll Call reports that a federal judge didn't agree, and she said the trip did not relate "to his conduct as a legislator, but only actions undertaken in the privacy and anonymity of a restroom stall."

Next up in the case is a scheduling conference planned for April 26.

Here's more background from the FEC on the lawsuit. Here's the full complaint.

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Former Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, the subject of an arrest by an undercover policeman in a bathroom at Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport, is arguing that his travel was part of official Senate business, and therefore it was OK to use campaign funds to pay for a legal defense. In court documents, Craig says he was "engaged in official, constitutionally mandated activity at the time of the incident."