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Larry Craig's 'Wide Stance' Just Cost Him $242K

Former senator fined for improperly using campaign funds as legal funds
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 1, 2014 11:54 AM CDT
Larry Craig's 'Wide Stance' Just Cost Him $242K
The St. Paul Saints' bobblefoot toy, a bathroom stall with a foot that peaks out of the bottom and "taps" up and down is a nod to Larry Craig.   (AP Photo/St. Paul Saints)

(Newser) – Ever feel like today's Senate scandals are missing a little je ne sais quoi? Get ready to rock it like it's 2007 in a men's bathroom stall in the Minneapolis airport, because Larry Craig and his wide stance are back on the scene. As Roll Call reports, a federal judge fined the Idaho Republican $242,535 yesterday over the very bathroom sex sting that ultimately, and laboriously, led to his political downfall. The former senator must repay $197,533 in campaign funds that he used to pay legal fees in a failed effort to withdraw his initial guilty plea; he's also being fined $45,000 for illegally using the funds in violation of FEC rules. (When last we saw Craig, he was spouting off about Senate "perks" to John Oliver.)

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