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Justice Department Investigates Donations To Edwards Campaign

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WASHINGTON — The Justice Department is investigating donations made by employees of an Arkansas law firm toJohn Edwards' presidential campaign.

An employee of the firm told

The Washington Post

last week thather boss, prominent trial attorney C. Tab Turner, asked people tosupport the North Carolina senator and assured them they would bereimbursed.

Law enforcement sources tell The Associated Press that theyopened the investigation after seeing media reports of thedonations. They stressed that they are investigating thecontributions, not any wrongdoing by the Edwards campaign.

After reporters uncovered the situation, the Edwards campaignreturned $10,000 in donations from five employees ofthe firm, Turner and Associates.

Campaign donors are not allowed to funnel donations throughsomeone else under federal law. Otherwise, donors could exceed thelegal contribution limit for individuals.

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