Feds investigating whether John Edwards used campaign cash to hush affair

This has been posted by the Raleigh, N.C., News & Observer:

John Edwards marched toward the White House in 2006 seeking an arsenal of millions collected a little at a time.

He also gathered more ammunition, about $11 million, collected in larger chunks by nonprofit groups conceived and operated to further his aspirations. He also courted a girlfriend.

Federal investigators are trying to connect those dots, sifting through Edwards’ financial records to probe whether he used any donations solicited for his campaign to keep quiet his affair with Rielle Hunter.

Edwards, a Democrat and former U.S. senator, on Thursday acknowledged the investigation to The News & Observer.

“I am confident that no funds from my campaign were used improperly,” Edwards said in a statement.

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[...] nomination to keep his affair with Rielle Hunter a secret? That’s what federal authorities want to know, and they’ve launched an investigation. John Edwards marched toward the White House in 2006 [...]

Coastal Cavalier

May 3rd, 2009
12:17 pm

Two posts on Sunday…gee Jim, don’t they ever give you a day off?

Jeffery Smuzinick

May 3rd, 2009
12:27 pm

What is the big deal? Edward talked about the Two Americas all the time. He had one family for one America and another family for the other. Do any of you remember when John Edwards said that Christopher Reeve would walk again if we elected John Kerry, who served in Vietnam by the way. John Edwards is a slimeball slip-and-fall lawyer. He is a national disgrace.

CJKatl

May 3rd, 2009
12:50 pm

I feel very bad for the child involved in this. This child will never live down the scandals surrounding her birth and formative years. Having John Edwards sneak into a hotel to see this child only to run into a men’s room and try to get the hotel security guards to help him out of his mess will forever haunt this child. It’s not that the press will hound her, but it’s that these horrid adults are giving her this as her personal history.

Elizabeth Edwards didn’t need to sit by and watch this happen. She knew John had an affair that was likely to erupt into scandal, but she chose to support his run because she wanted to be first lady. She knows the man on the child’s birth certificate could not be the baby’s father, and that her husband lied to her so he could sneak across the country to see the child, but she chooses to let the child grow up under the cloud of these lies. She didn’t have to write a book and try to make a buck off this sad situation. She’s slime like the liar she is still married to in name.

It used to be when people acted as poorly as John and Elizabeth Edwards or Rielle Hunter, they would slip away and live a quiet life. Can’t we return to those days? Nowadays these people become circus freaks and try to cash in. Hopefully nobody will buy Mrs. Edwards’ book.

Having survived cancer only to have it come back is not an excuse for Mrs. Edwards’ behavior. Perhaps it’s karmic payback, but it’s not an excuse.

Deb Chasteen

May 3rd, 2009
1:08 pm

I donated money to Edwards’ campaign. I thought his message was the best of any candidate’s. I am angry at his foolhardy decision to run, knowing of his personal liability which made the hard work and belief of his supporters for naught. Shame on him.

Bat Boy

May 3rd, 2009
2:07 pm

Jim Galloway, of course, leaves out the love child bit.

Would be nice to know what pressure Edwards brought to bear to keep N&O quiet for six months on a story of significant local interest. I thought the press was supposed to follow the story wherever it lead…Dresser, the editor of the paper, sure took a pass on this one.

AM

May 3rd, 2009
2:12 pm

CJKatl, bitter a little?

dura10

May 3rd, 2009
2:12 pm

Why do so many people want to discuss this situation and take sides.

The bottom line is simple. Lawyers are liars, cheats and thieves. Thats why so many wind up in politics. They think they are the only intelligent ones in existence.

MG

May 3rd, 2009
3:49 pm

dura10: Maybe all the lawyers YOU know are bad but I happen to be married to a wonderful, successful lawyer who doesn’t lie, cheat or steal. Kindly don’t generalize when you don’t know what you are talking about.

Polisick with politics

May 3rd, 2009
4:26 pm

If this incident involved Bush people or any republican the media would go wild. MSNBC would would rant and rave 24-7. Old square eys Keith Olberman would be full of hate speech and commentary. They don’t seem to think there are buffons on both sides.

Polisick with politics

May 3rd, 2009
4:31 pm

The lady is right. There are some good attorneys out there. But its like looking for a 5 leaf clover in a BIG clover feild.

Will is an IDIOT

May 3rd, 2009
4:38 pm

Edwards is a typical demorat. When is someone going to investigate
barney frank and his gay lover that was at Fannie Mae making millions.
If a straight republican has a girlfriend/wife at Fannie Mae in the smae
situation there would be daily calls for a congressional investigation,
and independent investigation and keith olberwoman would be crying
about it every night.
As usual, the justice in Washington is one sided and half blind.

tank

May 3rd, 2009
4:54 pm

Geeze, what else will his wife who is dying of cancer have to put up with.

Jan Sinnc

May 3rd, 2009
4:55 pm

Why do Edwards stories always come out on the weekend? I was a supporter of his campaign, and I would like a full investigation of the funds. I found it very odd that he solicited funds within 24 hours of withdrawing his candidacy. I do not know what Elizabeth’s book says yet, and I am very surprised others seem to know before publication!

IC Atlanta

May 3rd, 2009
5:02 pm

I always knew the Edwards had a severe lack of integrity. He got by on support from trial attorneys and by creating envy among the greedy proletariat. It is always entertaining to see a hypocrite exposed by their own actions. I just hope the man can find the Lord, repent and get his life in order of the mess he has created.

Watchingidol

May 3rd, 2009
5:20 pm

AM, I’m not bitter. I’m just tired of Elizabeth Edwards playing the victim card when she’s really Lady MacBeth!

tank, it’s not a question of what else this woman will need to put up with before cancer leads to her death. The question is what she and her husband may try to pull on us during that time. She’s not a victim. She is a perp. She knew all of this but still played the loving wife in the political fiction she and her husband were pusing on the American people. A victim is someone who is taken advantage of, not someone who plots with her husband to lie, cheat, steal, and try to fool the American public.

I have NO pity for this woman. She needs to stand up, apologize for her role in this, and put the cards on the table so the child involved doesn’t have to live with the Naitonal Inquirer trying to dig up dirt. Her children must be embarrassed. The lesson she is teaching her children – stand by your man while he walks all over him or feel free to walk all over your spouse and lie if it means you might get ahead – is deplorable.

That’s not bitter. That’s honest.

Just American

May 3rd, 2009
5:30 pm

We all know Washington politicians are all alike . . . toss them all up and they all land the same way on their heads! It is a no snitch environment . . no Republican is going to tell on a Democrat and no Democrat on a Republican because they all are doing the same thing. I sure would like though for Barney Frank to be investigated. It does amaze me at how he can look a camera straight on and lie, lie, lie. Never mind anyone has him on camera saying the very thing he says he didn’t say or do. Pathetic.

Joe Biden

May 3rd, 2009
5:37 pm

Jeffery gets the Post-of-the-Day Award. The Break Girl “talked about the Two Americas all the time. He had one family for one America and another family for the other” America! John Edwards is a world class douche.

Peggy

May 3rd, 2009
5:59 pm

I supported Edwards in several campaigns and really appreciate his grass roots as well as his professional work supporting under dogs. given all that has happened, I am questioning his grasp of the truth, but at the same time hope (so much) that he has not crossed the line on this one. RATS!!!

Mommy of three

May 3rd, 2009
6:34 pm

Wow….this is so interesting. Women always get blamed for their husbands inadequcies. It’s not here fault that she married a jerk. Now, I personally would not stick around for the nuclear fall out. It appears that him and his mistress deserve one another. Poor Mrs. she is so intent on being with her infidel husband, that she can’t phathom living without his abuse. That is tragic.

DB

May 3rd, 2009
6:42 pm

Edwards is nearly up to the level of Newt Gingrich, not quite there yet though. Maybe then he will be qualified to seek an office higher than the Senate. As deeply in debt as this country is, it’s a shame that we would spend a nickel investigating something like this.

luckydog

May 3rd, 2009
6:49 pm

Now we know why “The Breck Boy” got those $400.00 haircuts. But edwards was able to suck in Kerry. How STUPID must Kerry be to have not vetted this sissy. Wow talk about a couple of lying,narcissitic cheating, losers! Thank God they lost.

Daniel

May 3rd, 2009
7:17 pm

Well, folks John Edwards is no different from the politicians we’ve sent to Washington for as long as I can remember. We all jump on the bandwagon of someone who tells us what we want to hear, not what we need to hear.
Someone, I don’t remember who, said we get the kind of government we deserve.

KNelson

May 3rd, 2009
7:39 pm

If this were a Republican it would be on the National news daily , until he or she were hung from a tree. ( A tree that was already dead of course, no tree hugger would use a live one).

Percy Bedwetter

May 3rd, 2009
7:52 pm

If this were a rebublican the media would be all over it rightfully so! Those miscreants want to send this country to ruin with their “free market economy”, low taxes and 2nd amendment.
How much more selfish can a bunch of people be, I mean come on, don’t they realize that without everyone paying their fair share this great democracy would become a representative rebublic.
I think all rebublicans should be forced to work and hand over their entire paycheck to be redistributed, as the most reverend one has alluded to!

KNelson

May 3rd, 2009
7:58 pm

Bedwetter , I’m going to assume you are being sarcastic? Fair share of taxation would mean everyone pays the same percentage. Edwards and Gore are like all of the Socialist party “Do as I say, not as I do”.

KNelson

May 3rd, 2009
8:01 pm

I think I would rather have Kerry as President that the Marxist we currently have. The more we vote for political correctness instead of the best qualified the more the movie Planet of the Apes becomes a reality. Don’t let anyone know the white doll can speak.

Stephen

May 3rd, 2009
8:31 pm

Hopefully…one day…the American people will demand term limits on all political offices. If the President can only serve two terms in office there needs to be term limits for the House and the Senate legislators too. That way they can’t stay in office long enough to become pawns for special interest groups and lobbyists. Let’s put an end to the coruption!!!

I too agree with all the bloggers stating that Elizabeth Edwards doesn’t need our sympathy since she stayed in the marriage for possible political gain while knowing about the adultery. Everybody knows how dirty politics are these days when it comes to digging around in someone’s past/background in an effort to bring them down via some scandal and eliminate them as a competitor. Sadly..that’s now the American way of succeeding at politics (Politics 101).

CJKatl

May 3rd, 2009
9:00 pm

Mommy of three – I do not blame Elizabeth Edwards for marrying a jerk. I do blame Elizabeth Edwards for the things she has done, which include presenting herself and her marriage as shining examples of America’s best when, in fact, she was working towards a situation where we might have elected a President who fathered a child with his mistress. Her being first lady was so important to her that she was willing to set the country up for this debacle. It was a bad choice.

I blame her for being dishonest about the relationship between her husband and his paid campaign worker. She could have just kept quiet. Instead she chose to lie. I blame her for that, not for the fact she married a jerk.

And please, please, please – nobody should buy her book. She should not get rich off of fibbing to the American public and then playing victim-for-profit. Think about it – what kind of person writes a book about her cheating husband when she has stayed married to him. Either stand by him or dump him, but don’t stand by him and try to profit by writing a woe-is-me tome. It reminds me of person who shoots his parents and then asks for the court’s mercy because he is an orphan.

The Edwards are showing their full slime in trying to profit off of John’s affair and love child by trying to get people to buy a book. These people deserve condemnation, not pity.

MikeS

May 3rd, 2009
11:02 pm

What did you expect? He is a Democrat. At least he is not one of those moral boring Republicans who respect their wives.

lakeman

May 3rd, 2009
11:13 pm

Wow! 30 comments thus far and not even a peep comparing the Edwards scandal to the Clintons. Hilary stuck by her man! Even after her husband was drug across the coals and lied to the grand jury. “I . . .did not. . . have sex. . . with that woman. . . Ms. Lewinski”. And then, the even more classic “It depends on the definition of the word “the”. LOL!!! Bill Clinton taught America that it was OK to lie! Hilary stood by her man. Now, everybody is doing it! This is too funny!

Fred

May 3rd, 2009
11:28 pm

CJKatl/Watchingidol: Could you PLEASE remember which alt you are using on which blog? Just damn, I thought I was the one with split personalities there for a second……………..

Anyways, it’s not often I hear the painful truth unless I speak it. Nice catch. Just keep track of your alts………

bull-gator

May 4th, 2009
7:38 am

I like your sense of sarcasm, Percy Bedwetter. Also to all those ladies who remarked that they contributed to this slime ball Edwards campaign, couldn’t you see right through this clown or did his $400 haircut and bright pearly whites dazzle and impress you so much you couldn’t wait to shower the slug with your hard earned money? People need to vote using their brain and not their bleeding liberal hearts.

Clay

May 4th, 2009
7:39 am

It just doesn’t get any lower than John Edwards. Any man cheating on his wife who is battling life threatening cancer is not much of a man! So yes he probably did use campaign funds to hush up his affair. People with low morals like him will stoop to anything!

Cindy

May 4th, 2009
7:49 am

The mainstream media knew about this story early on in the presidential campaign but did nothing to bring it to light until they had no choice. If it had been released 6 months earlier, when they knew about it, Edwards would have had to withdraw his candidacy much sooner. This could have affected the outcome of the Democratic primaries, the Democratic nominee and possibly the Presidency dramatically. Hilary might have been the nominee instead of Obama and if Hilary was the nominee, who knows… McCain might have been elected President! Quit drinking the Kool-Aid people and pay attention! You are being manipulated on so many levels!

Buzz G

May 4th, 2009
8:05 am

John Edwards must be really perplexed. For most of his adult life Bill Clinton jumped just about everything in a skirt that would hold still. And he always got away with it because the press would look the other way. And when the press could not look the other way, they would try to justify what he did. Clinton was John Edwards’ hero and John wanted to be like him. But he got caught first time and not even Bill Clinton came to his defense. Life just isn’t fair.

Nikita

May 4th, 2009
8:18 am

I’m very disappointed in John Edwards, but I do not generally vote for people based on their personal lives unless I am already ambivalent about who I would choose based on their professional skills and qualifications. IMO, John Edwards had the most concern for the working class, and the most populist positions. It’s too bad he had to screw it up.

As for the person who said they’d rather have Kerry…I happen to like Kerry. But again, it’s not based on whether I’d like to have a beer with him or not — I would not, and if I did I suspect he’d talk me to death in the process. It’s based on the fact that Kerry has more experience and is more qualified than any other candidate presented in the last few cycles.

Robert

May 4th, 2009
8:27 am

It’s also our personality politiks that’s absurd.

Handsome, young vibrant, personable Edward’s hairdo, rags to riches story, son’s death, plus the wife’s disease are aspects of our often contradictory tabloid culture

Reality is that we human beings must do all sorts of adaptations, not necessarily pretty, to succeed, or just get-by to survive. A Senator got caught, and we the people in supermarket ENQUIRER skimming lines knew it before a-hole elites

The Soviets “cult of personality” is a cold ideological phrase that does unappetizingly express what humanity is much about

The fact is John Edwards is (was) too good to be true, and that is our true absurd lives

There are way too many examples of so-called character flaws & nflies in ointments for me to
think much differently

Anyway, that’s my cynical take, and I’m staying with it, so the next media superstar hero
fabrication cannot blow-up in my face

Mr. Grinch

May 4th, 2009
8:36 am

Hey, this is perfect.

In one America Edwards was posing himself as a patriotic, come-from-nothing, hard working, family loving, Rockwellesque kind of guy. Like a conservative.

In his other America he is the “anything goes”, whatever floats your boat, it’s what I want, fraternity boy. Like a liberal.

Yeah, makes perfect sense.

Jack Stilton

May 4th, 2009
8:37 am

Just because he lies to his wife doesn’t mean he is lying now! Pretty boy got caught with his pants down!

Anne

May 4th, 2009
8:55 am

One way or another all the dirt comes out. Give it a year or two and you’ll see all the dirt flow from the Obama Adm. That is if we still have freedom of the press.

Flu-Bird

May 4th, 2009
9:30 am

More dirty dealings of sleazie demacrats and especialy one who is a lawyer and was wishy washy kerrys running mate who was advising everybody to give up their SUVs from the back seat of his gas guzzling 4 mpg limo

CJKatl

May 4th, 2009
9:38 am

Fred – the worst part is I’m not even guilty of split personality. I’m guilty of using someone else’s moniker! I didn’t realize someone else had been on my computer and gone into the AJC web site and posted, so I just filled in the comment and hit submit!

CJKatl

May 4th, 2009
9:44 am

Cindy -

As you probably know, the National Enquirer had the Edwards story months before the rest of the national press published it. Prior to that, the gossip sites all had Blind Items about “a presidential contender and his mistress” that many though alluded to Obama. At dinner with several friends after the Enquirer published the allegation, I was called every name in the book for spreading a viscious lie from that rag. I kept insisting that when it came to politicians with pants down, the Enquirer was usually first and always right. My “educated” friends scoffed.

Only one has since apologized!

Aaron Burr V. Mexico

May 4th, 2009
11:52 am

There is no problem with what Edwards did. Democrats do not pretned to be moral or decent. If it were a Republican, then all bets are off because Republicans support religion and if they screw up then it is terrible. Since the Democrat party hates religion and uphold no morals then how can they be immoral?

CJKatl

May 4th, 2009
12:13 pm

ABVM – it’s not a moral issue, it’s an honesty issue.

If Edwards announced that he plans to boink some skank and his wife is okay with this, there would be no problem in most people’s minds.

If, instead, Edwards accepts a “Father of the Year” award with his unindicted co-conspirator Elizabeth standing at his side while at the same time he knows there is a good chance a paid staffer’s baby is his, then he’s being a hypocrite and setting the country up to have to deal with a scandal. Or worse, he’s allowing the Dems to nominate someone who, be the truth uncovered, would likely be unelectable.

Had he been honest and upfront, there would be no issue. Once again, it’s not the issue, it’s the cover-up.

Mommy of three

May 4th, 2009
7:08 pm

We all know that if he was honest about this affair, then the public outcry would have been tremendous. Edwards, like many other politicians, democrat or republican, past or present, is a cheat and a liar. Now, I personally feel that the fact that he had an affair has nothing to do with his ability to be a good senator or a future president for that matter. However, he hit the ethical fault line when he decided to use campaign funds to cover up his moral mistake.

What about our past presidents? Those forefathers of our country that commited many moral atrocities. Does the fact that they were immoral in their personal lives make them any less significant to our history? I contend that it does not. We can not forget that politicians are human. And though they bare a huge responsiblity to the public to be upstanding citizens with unblemished moral records, the truth of the matter is they do not.

Sickofthe Tyranny

May 5th, 2009
2:45 am

Edwards is a worl class asshat. Let there be no doubt. The guy is a sleezeball that hoodwinked more than a jury, but a ton of libs to boot. I love this I didn’t know garbage from the former Edwards supporters. Like they had no idea that he was a slip and fall trial lawyer and a dirtbag of the first order. He used to lie all the time for a living and for political advantage. He told a crowd in 2004 that if they elected John Kerry, Christopher Reeve would walk again. He is slime. Not to mention the fact that he did his cheating while married to a cancer ridden, loyal woman. I hope the Feds throw the book at him. I want to seem, at least, a process crime.

CKJatl

May 5th, 2009
2:52 am

It is ok if you cheat as long as you are honest to your cancer suffering spouse. Gosh!!!! Why are people so dumb? What are they crazy?

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