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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards' 2004 presidential campaign and a donor were fined Thursday for soliciting and accepting illegal contributions.

The Federal Election Commission also cited other violations of the Federal Election Campaign Act. Fines totaled $59,500.

The donor, Tab Turner, solicited four $2,000 contributions from his co-workers at a Little Rock, Arkansas, law firm in January 2003 and illegally reimbursed them for their contributions using a company credit card, according to the commission.

He also used a company credit card to make an illegal campaign contribution in his own name and to pay for various campaign expenses.

Federal law prohibits donors from making contributions in others' names and prohibits direct corporate contributions to a federal candidate.

Turner and his firm, Turner & Associates, P.A., were fined $50,000 in a civil penalty. The 2004 Edwards for President campaign agreed not to contest the FEC's ruling and to pay a $9,500 fine.

Edwards spokeswoman Kim Rubey said the FEC's announcement was "old news."

"All the issues that were raised today had been addressed by the campaign back in 2003," Rubey said. She added that the campaign returned all of the illegal contributions.

Edwards, the 2004 Democratic nominee for vice president, is considering a 2008 presidential bid. But he has not declared his candidacy and does not have an official campaign committee for 2008.

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