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Watchdog group slams John Edwards indictment

Posted September 21, 2011

— A government watchdog group wants to support John Edwards in a campaign finance case against the former presidential candidate.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington asked a court Wednesday for permission to file a motion on behalf of Edwards. The group says the federal government's case against Edwards would radically alter campaign law for the worse if it succeeds.

"If the monetary payments at issue, made by third parties to other third parties for non-campaign related expenses, are property deemed 'contributions under the (Federal Election Campaign Act), a host of other third-party payments, ranging from payments to pay off personal debts to payments for overdue child support, also could be treated as contributions," the group said in its motion.

Melanie Sloan, the group's executive director, says the group isn't seeking to defend Edwards' personal conduct.

The former senator and Democratic vice presidential nominee is accused of using campaign funds to cover up an affair during his run for the White House. He has pleaded not guilty.

His trial is scheduled to begin in January.

Federal prosecutors have balked at the watchdog group's effort to intervene in the case, the group noted in its motion. Prosecutors have never objected when the group has supported their cases, the group said.

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  • pappybigtuna1 Sep 22, 2011

    We only want to hold J. Edwards to a higher standard, all the other elected crooks are allowed to steal, cheat, & lie as needed. Has anyone one seen Houdini R. Burr, NC US Senator. What about the do nothing NC US Senator K. Hagan, she has not missed a paycheck. Try writing to both or either, you will get a staff form letter from Hagan, get nothing from the invisable Burr

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Sep 22, 2011

    This watchdog group is a liberal group bought and paid for by various liberal and progressive organizations.

    They are in this to protect John Edwards from prosecution and a trip to the Federal Prison.

  • danunger Sep 22, 2011

    There was a TV show last night and an FBI agent was being questioned by a Senate committee.....she orated the oath: I hereby affirm that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States......etc, maybe it's time that all of our elected officials reaffirmed that oath, and if they won't or can't, perhaps they should move aside to make room for an honest person that will not merely seek to better their financial portfolio, but to actually work for those that elected them in the first place. Time for a HUGE change in the Senata and Congress, they need term limits just like the President.

  • corgimom06 Sep 22, 2011

    Am I the only one confused here??

  • Equinox Bandingo Sep 21, 2011

    a host of other third-party payments, ranging from payments to pay off personal debts to payments for overdue child support, also could be treated as contributions," the group said in its motion.

    Why yes it should be...
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    you are missing the point... the basis for the charges against edwards is that some 3rd party related to edward's campaign gave another 3rd party money. if this is indeed a campaign contribution... then that implies that this sort of contribution is A LEGAL CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTION... would you want it to be the case that someone could write a check to pay for a candidate's house, car or kid's education and it would be a LEGAL CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTION? no, of course not. the payment that Edward's friend made to him and/or his staff had nothing to do with his campaign per se.

  • pastorpaws Sep 21, 2011

    I'm sure the watchdog group is poor people and the 100s of thousands of vets living under bridges that the silky pony helped during his political career by accepting $50,000 and building the mega mansion that are coming to his defense!

  • jdupree Sep 21, 2011

    What was the group, Babes for Johnny????? They are a joke!

  • driverkid3 Sep 21, 2011

    wbearp::Heaven forbid we should hold politicians accountable for campaign finance contributions and spending.

    Yeah, especially when they are money, hungry major spending dems.

  • wbearp Sep 21, 2011

    Heaven forbid we should hold politicians accountable for campaign finance contributions and spending.

  • momeeee Sep 21, 2011

    a host of other third-party payments, ranging from payments to pay off personal debts to payments for overdue child support, also could be treated as contributions," the group said in its motion.

    Why yes it should be...

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