John Edwards' Lawyer Defends Campaign Spending $800,000+ In 2011

RALEIGH, N.C. (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.

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  • by meredith Location: gukkette on Feb 14, 2012 at 02:29 PM
    I am still praying for him that god will bring john out of this mess that he is in . I know by means that he is innocent and will remain innocent for ever. I know that he will be o.k. for the rest of his life and that he has donenothing wrong.
  • by rusty Location: aurora on Feb 11, 2012 at 07:39 AM
    so? the rest of us don't have CAMPAIGN funds (paid for by the people) to pay legal expenses. PAY FOR IT YOURSELF. You are no one special; do it yourself or get a court appointed lawyer. His lawyer is SUCKING UP THAT MONEY LIKE A VACUUM CLEANER; get it while it's still there.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 11, 2012 at 07:13 AM
    what a clown
  • by Demosthenes on Feb 11, 2012 at 06:19 AM
    Why are those legitimate expenses to spend tax-payer money on, anyway? Seems to me that legal defense should be coming out of his own pocket. And if it was ruled he owed the tax-payers money and there was some in the account, why was it not seized at that time? Executing a judgment only takes a couple of weeks. I have a compromise that would work. He can work at the convenience of the state out on the road with the other inmates until it's paid back.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 11, 2012 at 05:20 AM
    If he is not running for anything why would he need to spend campaign money?
  • by ace Location: j ville on Feb 11, 2012 at 04:33 AM
    Now that the probe is over, why can't he return the money. Besides the money was to be used to get elected not to keep him out of jail.
  • by D Location: NC on Feb 11, 2012 at 01:54 AM
    Not trying to take up for the man. I really never liked his comments but; Hasn't this man been through enough? And whatever happened to a quick and speedy trial?
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      by Anonymous on Feb 11, 2012 at 02:57 AM in reply to D
      Everything this man has gone through he brought on himself. He doesn't want a quick and speedy trial because he knows he will then go to prison. This is why he keeps postponing it with lies about medical conditions and such.
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        by rusty on Feb 11, 2012 at 02:12 PM in reply to
        there are others in prison with worse health conditions than his that don't get out just because they are sick; do the the time. I feel sorry for him also, but....I feel sorry for all those in jails everywhere.
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      by Kimo on Feb 11, 2012 at 04:02 AM in reply to D
      Short answer NO, he hasn't even come close to being through enough!! Quick and speedy trial didn't happen because he and his lawyers asked for one delay after another.
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      by Formerly Pirateman on Feb 11, 2012 at 04:53 AM in reply to D
      Excuse me, but Mr. Edwards ASKED for the trial to be delayed TWICE!!!!!
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      by Anonymous on Feb 11, 2012 at 05:19 AM in reply to D
      He asked for the last delay, so I guess he does not want a quick trial.
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      by rusty on Feb 11, 2012 at 02:09 PM in reply to D
      we shall all have many trials and tribulations; I don't expect YOU TO FURNISH THE MONEY TO PAY FOR MINE, SO WHY SHOULD I PAY FOR HIS?
  • by fedup on Feb 11, 2012 at 12:43 AM
    Maybe him, Bev and her campaign guys can all share a cell. Why is it when it comes to national politics NC votes mostly Rebs, state politics we vote Dems, I just can't figure it out. just my two cents worth
  • by P on Feb 11, 2012 at 12:01 AM
    He was a slimeballl of a US Senator representing NC when some one needed something he wasn't there. He was campaigning for US President. Getting HIS priorities straight versus the people. Known as a crook, add pickpocket of the taxpapers!
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      by ncyankee on Feb 11, 2012 at 05:41 AM in reply to P
      just wish we could get some of that money back, sure could use some. like everyone else.
  • by Jona on Feb 10, 2012 at 08:33 PM
    Shouldn't you be following up on his surgery that is to take place this month? Oh yeah, What about nasty Newt?
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      by Formerly Pirateman on Feb 11, 2012 at 04:54 AM in reply to Jona
      They are both bums! OK.
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