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John Edwards Ordered To Repay $2.3M From 2008 Campaign

Washington (CNN) -- Former presidential hopeful John Edwards must pay back $2.3 million that exceeded his matching funds from his 2008 campaign, the Federal Election Commission ruled Thursday.

In a 6-0 vote, the commission approved the findings of its own audit, which showed the excess funds.

The matter is separate from the criminal conspiracy case against the former U.S. senator from North Carolina, in which Edwards is accused of issuing false statements and violating campaign contribution laws.

His trial on those charges is tentatively scheduled to begin in October. He pleaded not guilty to the counts in June.

A grand jury has been investigating whether money given to support Edwards' mistress, Rielle Hunter, by benefactors of Edwards should have been considered campaign donations, a contention Edwards' team has disputed.

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