John Edwards ordered to repay back $2.3 million

July 22nd, 2011 - 12:05 am ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Washington, July 21 (THAINDIAN NEWS) The Federal Election Commission has ruled that John Edwards was given excess campaign money during his 2008 presidential bid. Subsequently the former Democratic presidential candidate has been ordered to pay back about $2.3 million.

The commission voted 6-0 to force Edwards to pay back the money. The ruling of the FEC follows an audit into the 2008 funding and financial use of Edwards’ campaign money. The decision was reached after a public hearing by the commission.

The decision of the FEC adds to the pressure on Edwards who is separately being tried for improper use of campaign money. Federal charges have been preferred against Edwards for covering up his affair with Rielle Hunter using about $1 million of his 2004 campaign funds.

The FEC said its investigation has revealed that Edwards received $2.1 million more in federal funding than he was entitled to in 2008. In another revelation, Edward was found to have sent almost $142,000 in checks to some donors. The amount was however not cashed, the report from FEC stated.

According to an estimate from the Associated Press, Edwards received the least in public campaign funding when his amount of $13 million was compared to those of then rivals Barack Obama and Hilary Clinton.

USA Today reports that a recent financial audit of Edwards’ campaign account has revealed that he still has about $2.6 million in balance.

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