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Edwards' campaign received a total of $12,882,878 in public matching funds, but an audit found that it wasn't entitled to much of the money, a finding the campaign disputed.
The campaign maintained that it had to incur "substantial and unanticipated expenses for its own reporting" as part of an "extensive" DOJ investigation. The cost to date, the campaign said, was $425,000 and it estimated it would incur an additional $500,000 in future costs. The FEC found those expenses didn't count as "non winding down" costs.
The campaign told the FEC that its expenses are not related to the candidate's criminal defense and were "related solely to the Committee's representation."