Edwards campaign owes taxpayers but still spending


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Submitted: Wed, 02/08/2012 - 9:31pm
Updated: Wed, 02/08/2012 - 9:32pm
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By MICHAEL BIESECKER
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Federal elections officials say John Edwards owes taxpayers $2.1 million in public matching funds improperly received after the former North Carolina senator dropped his 2008 run for the White House, yet disclosure reports show his failed campaign is still spending.

Edwards’s hopes for the Democratic nomination imploded in a sex scandal four years ago. Reports filed last week show his 2008 campaign spent $836,712 in 2011 on airfare, hotels, phones and other expenses.

Attempts to contact Edwards or his campaign were unsuccessful. People listed as receiving some of the $266,000 in campaign payroll declined to talk.

Edwards got nearly $13 million in federal funds in 2008, most of it after he quit the race amid reports of his extramarital affair. He has pleaded not guilty to pending criminal charges.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

4 Comments

  • Guest hal stevens says:

    It is time to throw him under the jail and throw away the key. Let the worthless no good lie rot there. He might make good worm food.

  • ChefnSurf says:

    … not too sick to find enough energy to spend money donated by others as fast as he possibly can. Kinda makes you wonder why so many politicians are held in such high “esteem” these days. This kind of nonsense is getting really old really fast.

  • Peyton Garrett says:

    Why in the Hell don’t the Feds just freeze These “campaign” accounts and take back the money. This SOB is just a crook, plain and simple. There should be a couple of felonies in this mess also.

  • guesty says:

    …in public matching funds… and this gem Edwards got nearly $13 million in federal funds in 2008…

    Why does tax money go to people running for office? So all I have to do is run for office and the government will give me money?

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