Edwards told he must pay for illegal affairs

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) approved a final audit yesterday that concludes former US presidential candidate John Edwards's campaign owes the government more than $2m.

The decision compounds the woes of Mr Edwards, a Democratic former senator who was indicted on 3 June on charges he accepted more than $900,000 in illegal contributions to cover up an extramarital affair during his 2008 presidential bid. He has pleaded not guilty.

The FEC's chief compliance officer and audit division said the campaign owes $2,278,315.