Edwards Under Investigation For Using Campaign Funds As Hush Money For Mistress

There are potentially more problems for John Edwards. The Charlotte Observer reports that federal authorities are looking into money spent by the Edwards’ campaign to see if any campaign contributions were spent on hush money for his mistress, Rielle Hunter. Edwards has acknowledged that the investigation is taking place and denies these allegations.

Proving these allegations might be difficult.¬† The Raleigh News & Observer turned to Sheila Krumholz, executive director of Open Secrets, which monitors campaign contributions. Krumholtz noted that “John Edwards is a leader in misleading the public.” Based upon his public life, as well as his career as a trial lawyer, if anything this is an understatement.

These allegations come soon after the publication of Elizabeth Edwards’ memoirs which discussed the affair. The book revealed that Elizabeth had advised her husband to quit the presidential race to protect the family.

This investigation is not the first time that Edwards’ finances have been questioned. Edwards has also been accused of using his poverty center as a means of financing the early stages of his presidential campaign while avoiding campaign finance laws.

7 Comments

  1. 1
    zywotkowitz says:

    “Charlotte¬† Observer” is on the story …

    Because the NY Times, Wash Post, CNN, MSNBC have zero interest in a negative story about a democrat.

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    Ron Chusid says:

    No, they got the story first because of it being more local. The national media began to pick it up afterward.

    Besides, why would Republican leaning outlets like the Washington Post and CNN have any reflectance to run a negative story about a Democrat?

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    zywotkowitz says:

    The story is not on CNN’s frontpage, US page, or politics pages, and google news shows major outlets talking about Elizabeth’s book but not the investigation.

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    zywotkowitz says:

    google news now shows an AP article, but that’s it.¬† No CNN, NYtimes, WaPo, MSNBC

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    Ron Chusid says:

    It’s hardly page one news considering that the questions about the use of the money are old news and so far these are only allegations. Besides, it is big news in Edwards’ part of the country but he is no longer of much relevance in the rest of the country.

    If actual evidence is found of him paying hush money, it will be page one news everywhere.

  6. 6
    Ryan Phillips says:

    Edwards Under Investigation For Using Campaign Funds As Hush Money …: This investigation is not the first time.. http://tinyurl.com/cx65u2

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    cargigisales says:

    Edwards Under Investigation For Using Campaign Funds As Hush Money …: This investigation is not the first time.. http://tinyurl.com/cx65u2

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