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Civil rights lawyer resigns as treasurer of troubled Edwards still-active campaign committee
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 a form March 20 with the FEC replacing Charlotte lawyer Julius Chambers as treasurer. Chambers said last month he no longer wanted to be associated with the committee.
The Democrat's still-active 2008 primary campaign spent $836,712 on salaries and other expenses in 2011 despite an FEC ruling it must repay public matching funds improperly received after he dropped out amid a sex scandal.
Edwards faces scheduled criminal trial next week on unrelated federal charges over money used to hide his pregnant mistress as he sought the White House. He pleaded not guilty.