2008 Edwards campaign defends 2011 spending
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By MICHAEL BIESECKER
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- A lawyer for John Edwards is defending his campaign's 2011 spending, saying the expenses were related to last year's criminal probe of the former presidential candidate and a federal audit.

Patricia A. Fiori said none of the $836,712 in expenses disclosed last week went to Edwards or his criminal defense team.

The Associated Press reported Wednesday that the Federal Election Commission says the former North Carolina senator owes taxpayers more than $2.1 million in public matching funds improperly received after he dropped his 2008 run for the White House.

That FEC audit is separate from the criminal case in which Edwards faces six counts related to campaign finance violations over money paid by wealthy donors to hide his pregnant mistress during the 2008 race. Edwards has pleaded not guilty.

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

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I'm sure all you democrats that padded this idiots pockets trying to get him elected are feeling pretty good about yourselves now. Just think, the big O is asking now too, just keep throwing your money away.

While the Edwards camp says no money was used for his criminal defense, Just what was it used for and to who were the checks written. Three years after the fact and still spending. The curtain is almost closed and if the Feds don't step up and push the issue, another travesty of justice will take place. When He was forced to withdraw, His campaign committee should have ceased functioning, performed an audit and returned the matching funds within 90 days of the audit. If a member of Joe Q Public had done this, Slammer Time.