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Obama Helps Biden Cover Campaign Debts

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WASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden's effort to pay off campaign debt is getting a hand from his boss and former rival, President Barack Obama.

The Federal Election Commission said Thursday that Obama for America, Obama's presidential campaign with running mate Biden, can use leftover money to give Biden's unsuccessful presidential primary campaign $138,000 to help it cover its bills.

An FEC audit shows that Biden's campaign debts include an estimated $219,005 owed to the U.S. Treasury.

Auditors came up with that total after finding the Biden campaign accepted donations over the legal limit, failed to deal with refund checks that donors didn't cash, and accepted illegal corporate help by paying less than it should have for a private plane flight.

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