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Feds order Edwards to repay $2.2M

Posted July 21, 2011

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— The Federal Election Commission on Thursday ordered the campaign of former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards to pay the government more than $2.2 million that it shouldn't have received.

A recent FEC audit determined that the Edwards campaign received $2.1 million in matching funds for which it wasn't eligible. Also, the campaign had $267,000 in "stale dated checks," which are refund checks that donors never cashed after contributing more than the legal limit, according to the audit.

The FEC lowered the amount of stale checks to $141,000 in its final ruling.

The campaign finance audit also accused the Edwards campaign of misstating its cash on hand and noted that the campaign failed to itemize $4.2 million in loan repayments.

Patricia Fiori, a lawyer representing the campaign, issued a statement Thursday evening to point out that the decision is based on accounting errors and not improper spending or a violation of any law.

The campaign has 60 days from when the final ruling is entered next month to ask for an administrative review or 90 days to pay the bill, officials said. Fiori said the campaign plans to seek a review.

A federal grand jury last month indicted Edwards on six felony charges related to money that was used to cover up his affair and child with Rielle Hunter, a videographer who chronicled his 2008 presidential campaign.

Federal prosecutors say Edwards accepted $900,000 in contributions from heiress Rachel "Bunny" Mellon and Texas banker Fred Barron – far above the legal limit – and filed false campaign finance reports to hide the donations.

Edwards has maintained that the contributions were gifts and didn't need to be reported. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges and is scheduled to go to trial in October.

Fiori said that the campaign hasn't paid any money toward Edwards' defense in the criminal case.

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  • superman Jul 22, 2011

    Accounting errors. Thats a good one but I think it has been used before and it is kinda worn thin. Surely they had access to a computer! All that money and they couldnt afford to hire someone who could keep it straight.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Jul 22, 2011

    Someone needs to ask Edwards if that moment of passion with his mistress is worth all of the heartburn the long term effects of the affair have put him through.

  • haggis basher Jul 22, 2011

    LOL that was one expensive affair!

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Jul 21, 2011

    Hurry up with the trial send Edwards to prison.

    There is an orange jumpsuit with his name on it.

  • beachlvr0804 Jul 21, 2011

    Yayyyyyyy!!!!!

  • MzLadySmiling Jul 21, 2011

    The shame he brought on his family... I hope he feels he has done well.... I feel compassion for his children. I wonder how he is explaining all of this to them? "oh yea kids... ya'll have another sister... and sorry your mother is gone... and I don't have chump change anymore... but hey... it's all good... ehh?? and you can be a leagalslease lawyer too...." what a dern shame for the children... they will have to bear this out also... and they never asked for any of this... along with Elizabeth... they deserved far better than what he is giving them... I hope he is hanging his head in shame... he should be

  • willbill Jul 21, 2011

    I was told that I made too much money last year. I will not get a Social Security check in September. I guarantee you that this will hurt me more then $2.2M will hurt Edwards.

  • See Chart Jul 21, 2011

    I am a Democratic ,this man is a disgrace, take it all
    like a man John Edwards ,not!

  • BottomLine Jul 21, 2011

    One more brick in his foundation crumbling ... what comes around goes around Johnnie do no good ...

  • tayled Jul 21, 2011

    Oh boo hoo, pay up and quit you whining, you cheated us all so you got what you deserve!

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