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Edwards' donor pleads guilty to illegal donations

Posted August 4, 2011

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— A John Edwards donor to pleaded guilty to illegal donations on Thursday.

Court documents show Pierce O'Donnell, a prominent Los Angeles trial lawyer, admitted he gave employees and a relative a total of $20,000 to donate to Edwards' 2004 presidential campaign.

The charges don’t appear to be related to the criminal case against the former senator.

A grand jury in June indicted Edwards on six felony charges related to money that was used to cover up his affair and child with Rielle Hunter, a videographer who chronicled his 2008 presidential campaign.

Federal prosecutors say Edwards accepted $900,000 in contributions from heiress Rachel "Bunny" Mellon and Texas banker Fred Barron – far above the legal limit – and filed filing false campaign finance reports to hide the donations.

Edwards has maintained that the contributions were gifts and didn't need to be reported. He pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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  • SmokeWagon Aug 5, 2011

    ..."Like Bush and republicans aren't guilty of the same with their NRA and oil buddies..robster"

    NRA and oil buddies..?? REALLY, You are STILL blaiming Bush...come on, get a relevent argument (or at least get the sheep wool trimmed around your eyes)...Bush is in Texas...your "magic one" is in DC...you liberal entitlement types are supposed to be all "inclusive"...but really you are mostly "transparent", as most folks can see right thru you..!!

  • The Fox Aug 5, 2011

    [with their NRA and oil buddies] a lot of Democrat Congressman/ women are NRA members.

  • Scubagirl Aug 5, 2011

    "A John Edwards donor to pleaded guilty to illegal donations on Thursday"

    YET ANOTHER fine editing job by who/whatever edits!!!!!!!

  • rpk007 Aug 5, 2011

    How many million$ have been spent on this case already? Why should taxpayers pay for this. Who cares what these people do with their money? It has always been going on in politics and always will.

  • robster Aug 5, 2011

    Like Bush and republicans aren't guilty of the same with their NRA and oil buddies...gotta do better than that, fella....

  • SmokeWagon Aug 5, 2011

    A lawyer and a liberal entitlement democrat..who would a thunk it...the only thing missing from this story is a union member, and a fat banker. I just bet there is one of each in there somewhere..!!!

  • sammyg Aug 5, 2011

    I bet Johnny boy is still smiling...