Edwards must return $2m in campaign funds

Former presidential candidate John Edwards makes a statement to the media following a federal court appearance in Winston-Salem, N.C., Friday, June 3, 2011. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

July 21, 2011 10:18:46 AM PDT
The Federal Election Commission ruled Thursday that the campaign of former presidential candidate John Edwards must return $2.1 million in federal matching campaign funds.

Officials say the campaign received the money after Edwards dropped out of the presidential race, and he was not entitled to the money.

Edwards ended his run for the White House in January 2008, nearly three-and-a-half years ago, but he has continued spending an average of $60,000 a month. The funds include federal matching money, public money and money from contributors.

The FEC ruling was unanimous against Edwards, who was indicted in June on eight federal felony charges for alleged violations of campaign finance laws related to his cover-up of an affair with former campaign videographer Rielle Hunter.

Edwards's lawyers had challenged the findings, saying they incurred "unanticipated expenses" related to the Justice Department's investigation.

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