Larry Craig argues the FEC ruling in the wake of a sex sting case is unjust. Photo: AP/Matt Cilley
Former U.S. Senator Larry Craig, who in 2007 was caught in a 2007 sex sting at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport, has argued that the fines imposed on him by the Federal Election Commission in the wake of that incident are unfair and unjust, the AP reports.
, a federal judge told Craig he had inappropriately used campaign funds to mount a defense against charges that he had solicited sex in a Minnesota airport bathroom, and in October the FEC fined Craig
an additional $140,000 in fines, on top of returning $217,000 to his campaign, arguing that he had misused donor funds on an expense unrelated to his re-election.
Nov. 13, Craig argued that the $140,000 fine, half of which would come from Craig personally and the other half from what remains of his re-election campaign, would not deter others from following his example.
"Any deterrent effect has already been achieved,'' Andrew Herman, Craig's attorney, wrote.
The FEC's response to Craig's arguments are due in December.