Treasurer of Edwards 2008 campaign resigns post

Published April 4, 2012 2:09AM (EDT)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A veteran civil rights lawyer has resigned as treasurer of John Edwards' 2008 presidential committee, days after the Federal Election Commission upheld a ruling ordering the campaign to repay $2.1 million in taxpayer money.

Edwards' campaign filed March 20 to replace Charlotte lawyer Julius Chambers as treasurer. Chambers told the Associated Press last month he wanted to sever ties to the committee.

The Democrat's 2008 primary campaign spent $836,712 on legal fees and other expenses in 2011 despite the FEC decision it must repay public matching funds received after he dropped out amid a sex scandal.

Edwards faces a criminal trial scheduled to begin next week on unrelated charges over money used to hide his pregnant mistress as he sought the White House. He has pleaded not guilty.

By Salon Staff

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