John Edwards Under Investigation

Subpoenas have allegedly been issued on an ongoing probe to discern if former Presidential candidate and Senator John Edwards of North Carolina may have been violating campaign finance laws, especially disclosure laws.  Allegations include using campaign funds for personal use, including some that may have been used to hide his affair with Rielle Hunter.

Via ABC News:

A federal grand jury in Raleigh, N.C., is sifting records and testimony involving several political organizations and individuals connected to Edwards to determine if the former North Carolina senator and 2004 vice presidential nominee broke any laws. A recently issued subpoena focuses on a web of these Edwards-affiliated groups, according to subpoena details provided to the AP that offer a glimpse behind the closed doors of the investigation.

The case largely stems from money spent to keep Edwards’ mistress, Rielle Hunter, in hiding along with former campaign aide Andrew Young, who initially claimed paternity so Edwards could continue pursuing the White House without the taint of the affair.

Investigators are looking chiefly at whether funds paid to Hunter and Young — from outside political groups and Edwards’ political donors — should have been considered campaign donations since they arguably aided his presidential bid, according to several people involved in the case who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing probe. They’re also looking closely at whether any entities linked to Edwards operated illegally.

While it could not be learned if prosecutors have found violations of a specific statute, federal election laws require disclosure of the money spent on campaigns for federal offices, limit the amounts of such donations and prohibit the conversion of campaign funds to personal use.

Edwards’ attorney Wade Smith would not discuss specifics but said, “We do not believe there is evidence that John has violated any election laws.”

Edwards’ wife, Elizabeth, died of cancer in December of 2010.

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Ruby W.
Ruby W6 years ago

Democrat I am, but I ALWAYS thought this guy was a slime. He just looks like that kind of creepy self-centered entitled preppie, who thinks he can get away with anything because he's a little too handsome. Eeeeuwwww.

Martha Eberle
Martha Eberle7 years ago

Sounds like he broke campaign finance laws, but the bigger, if not legal law he broke (besides to Elizabeth, his wife), was the trust to the American people when he was running for president.

When he visited Austin in 2007, I went to see him speak, and he was very convincing in regards to his concern for the problem of poverty in the United States. So impressed was I, that I donated 50 hard-earned dollars, .... so he owes me!!

Babak R.
Babak R.7 years ago

Hey Riff Stevens,

When progressive liberals come across evidence suggesting someone "is a liar, a cheat, and undeserving of respect.," we acknowledge it, be they a democrat or republican, unlike conservatives whose ideology strictly adheres to the code of loyalty.

Riff Severn
Riff Severn7 years ago

quote ...
John Edwards is one of the biggest disappointments of the entire Democratic party, in my view. The man is a liar, a cheat, and undeserving of respect.

Sounds like this man is perfect to lead the Democratic Party ... yes ?

Kathlene Lentz
Kathlene Lentz7 years ago

John Edwards is one of the biggest disappointments of the entire Democratic party, in my view. The man is a liar, a cheat, and undeserving of respect.

Kamila A.
Kamila A7 years ago

I send that family many thoughts and prayers of peace. We don't know all the facts behind the story. We do know that its very sad for his family, and his once beloved Elizabeth. He is surely paying for all his errors now and until he dies, tainted by the humiliating epoch of his life.

Gloria H.
Gloria H7 years ago

maybe JFK and Clinton cheated on their wives, but the wives weren't dying of cancer either! At least he is out of the presidential race.

Sharon H.
Sharon H7 years ago

Linda Chanbre...
Just because he cheated on his wife doesn't mean that he cheated on other things. Actually, I could care less if he cheated on Elizabeth...although I liked her a lot....but that doesn't mean that he would be a bad person to run this country. The two don't necessarily go hand in hand. He's from my state and we really liked him a lot because he was for the average person and I would have voted for him for president if he'd have gotten that far. I honestly don't give a rat's ass what someone does in their private life. JFK was an original whore monger, but he couldn't be bought because he had his own money, and as a result, he was for the regular me, and probably all of you....and we all saw what happened to him as a result of that. The people like the Koch brothers want this country to fail and become a third world country so that they will become even richer. They hate America and if anyone would do some research, they would see that it's true. These men are totally evil and unless we stop them, we are all doomed. They also own everyone at FOX and pay them millions of dollars to do their bidding...and, that includes Sarah Palin. They know that she's about as dumb as they come and will whore herself out to the highest bidder. They love people like her because they don't even have to do much to get them to perform...they just have to wave the money carrot in front of them and then sit back and watch the show.

Jo Hofreiter
Jo Hofreiter7 years ago

He's been dishonest in other parts of his life, so why should he be honest in this case.

His track record is horrible, I don't understand how he can appear in public, because he's make such a fool of himself.


Diana S.
Diana S7 years ago

ALL politicians misuse campaign funds all the time, we just don't always find out about it! The only way this will ever stop is for the voters to outlaw ALL campaign contributions entirely, and make the politicos spend their own personal money to run for office.

And the only way we are ever going to get THAT law passed is to take the voting power OUT of the hands of the legislators and put it INTO the hands of the public, directly.

Politicians and money are like athletes and steroids - they're immature babies who are going to try to get away with as much as they possibly can, and then plead stupidity when they get caught.

They're right about the stupidity part, but that's still no excuse for breaking the laws and regulations designed to level the playing field for everyone.

By the way, has anyone noticed that it took getting rid of Barry Bonds entirely for the Giants to win the first World Series since they left New York?!?!? It wasn't the steroids, Barry, you were just an egotistical prima donna who was deadly for the morale of the team in the first place, and didn't/don't deserve to be an example for anyone, especially kids!!!