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FEC orders John Edwards campaign to pay $2.3 million

The Federal Elections Commission today said Democratic John Edwards' 2008 presidential campaign must repay the U.S. Treasury $2.3 million.

The commission unanimously ordered the campaign to repay the money, which represents part of the $13 million in public matching funds the campaign received.

It found that the campaign was ineligible for much of the public match and misstated some of the campaign's financial activity.

Edwards, a former U.S. senator from North Carolina, dropped out of the presidential race in January 2008.

Last month, federal prosecutors indicted Edwards on charges of violating federal campaign laws to cover up of his affair with Rielle Hunter, who has been living in Charlotte.

A trial is pending.