Politics Today: John Edwards Ordered To Repay Millions, Rick Perry Presidential Speculation Continues, And More
The Federal Elections Committee unanimously ruled Thursday that former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards will have to repay $2.3 million in federal matching funds given to his 2008 campaign. In a 6-0 vote, the commission said that Edwards campaign was in "excess of the Candidate's entitlement."
A federal grand jury indicted Edwards' last month, charging him with six counts that include violating campaign contribution laws, issuing false statements and conspiracy. His trial is set for October.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry, still mulling over a presidential bid, met privately with potential donors in California on Wednesday. The event was held at a hotel in Century City. It was coordinated by fundraiser Renee Croce, who helped raise money for former governors Arnold Schwarzenegger and Pete Wilson.
However, California is not the only state Perry has visited recently. From The Associated Press:
Perry has been traveling the nation to gauge his support among party loyalists, elected officials and donors, while fashioning the framework of what could become a national campaign.
The Texas governor would join a wide-open GOP field, but a key issue is whether he can raise hundreds of millions of dollars to wage a 50-state presidential battle. Many deep-pocketed donors in California, a rich source of campaign cash, have been holding back their checks while the field takes shape.
For what it's worthy, Perry told KHOU-TV that his wife wants him to run for president in 2012.
The campaign manager for Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman has resigned.
According to CNN: "Susie Wiles will be replaced by communications director Matt David, according to a statement. The former Utah governor will announce the changes to his staff Thursday."
Add another name to the already crowded list of GOP presidential candidates. Former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer officially declared his candidacy, making him the 11th Republican to announce he's running for president.
"You don't want to miss this campaign," he said during his campaign announcement in New Hampshire. "It will be something else."
Roemer says he will refuse money from Political Action Committees, and that his campaign will only accept donations of $100 or less. So far, he has raised almost $96,000.