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Edwards campaign still spending money

Posted September 22, 2009

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— Former North Carolina senator and presidential candidate John Edwards may have left the campaign trail, but a committee in his name is still spending campaign funds.

Edwards' campaign spent nearly $500k this year Edwards' campaign spent nearly $500k this year

Documents filed with the Federal Election Commission show the John Edwards for President committee spent $480,000 so far in 2009 on travel expenses, hotels, legal fees, consulting and campaign salaries. The committee has $3.7 million left in its account.

Raleigh attorney Michael Weisel says it is not unusual for work to continue long after the campaign is over.

“To wind down the campaign, to close the books and to answers questions anybody had,” Weisel said of fund uses.

Weisel, who has no involvement with the Edwards campaign, also says campaign money can not be used for personal reasons. However, funds can be used to settle legal matters related to the campaign.

"Questions have been raised and they ought to be answered. So I am not in the least bit surprised that half a million dollars has been expended,” Weisel said.

Edwards has shunned the spotlight since admitting in August 2008 to an affair with a campaign staffer. At the time, he denied fathering the child of videographer Rielle Hunter, saying his relationship with Hunter ended before the child was conceived.

A federal grand jury is investigating whether Edwards' campaign funds were illegally paid to Hunter to keep her quiet about the affair.

Andrew Young, a long-time Edwards aide, initially claimed to be the father of Hunter's child, but he is reportedly writing a book in which he will claim Edwards is the father. Sources told WRAL News last month that Edwards could admit to paternity after the criminal investigation into the use of his campaign funds is over.

A second Edwards account, from his 2004 run for the White House, lists no expenses, but has $330,000 in debt.

Edwards, 55, powered onto the national scene in 1998, when he won a seat for the U.S. Senate in his first political campaign. The former trial lawyer ran for the White House in 2004 and was tapped as Sen. John Kerry's running mate. He returned to the campaign trail in a 2008 presidential bid but was largely overshadowed by a duel between Hillary Clinton, vying to be the first female president, and Barack Obama, vying to be the first black president.


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  • ObamaMustGo aka NCcarguy Sep 23, 2009

    Why Sophiemom....Was I that obvious? lol

  • The Gipper Sep 23, 2009

    Give the guy a break.
    I mean, after all, he has dedicated his entire life working tirelessly for the poor and oppressed. Standing up for the 'common" man by suing large evil corporations...with no thoughts whatsoever of any monetary compensation for himself.
    Years spent promoting his liberal ideas and reaching out to help the most unfortunate has caused him to endure horrific suffering that most of us could not comprehend. Forced to sleep with blonde bombshells and pay $400 for haircuts, he unfortunately will have to spend the rest of his life in his meager, but cozy, 30,000 square foot shanty.

    Such selflessness hasn't been seen since Nazareth and the Cross.

    A true, 100% unashamed Liberal if there ever was one. He deserves our respect and thanks...not ridicule over a few bucks.

  • affirmativediversity Sep 23, 2009

    I have only four words:


  • beachboater Sep 23, 2009

    Guess what? The spending will continue until all the money is GONE!!!!!

  • my2blueliners Sep 23, 2009

    John Edwards is a pathetic man. No one should be proud that this man represented NC. Here is a man who cheated on his wife while she has cancer and fathered a child. I wish he would just leave this great state. This guy is a joke and just think he and his supporters that work for his campain are still spending the money that people gave to him. Im sure there are plenty of people who are struggling now due to the recession and could really use that money.

  • EyesintheSkies Sep 23, 2009

    John Who?

  • mxteam44 Sep 23, 2009

    John Edwards is like this cold I'm fighting right now...........he just won't go away!

  • prodigalrn Sep 23, 2009

    Edwards is such a weasel! Too bad the campaign didn't spend just a bit more and buy old John-boy a vasectomy! Wish he would just go away, and wish Elizabeth would grow a backbone and divorce him, and clean his proverbial clock!

  • sophiemom Sep 23, 2009

    NCCarguy, do I detect a bit of "schadenfreude" there? Tschuss!

  • ObamaMustGo aka NCcarguy Sep 23, 2009

    I think that's GREAT!!! All of you that donated money to him, he's living the good life, on YOUR dollars!!!! lol I LOVE IT!