Edwards' lawyers have argued that the funds were gifts from friends intended to keep the affair a secret from his wife, Elizabeth, who died of cancer in December.
Federal officials have approved criminal charges, deciding that the hundreds of thousands of dollars two Edwards donors gave to help keep his mistress in hiding were contributions that should have been reported publicly by his campaign fund because they aided his bid for the Democratic White House nomination.
"Edwards knew that public revelation of the affair and the pregnancy would destroy his candidacy by, among other things, undermining Edwards' presentation of himself as a family man and by forcing his campaign to divert personnel and resources away from other campaign activities to respond to criticism and media scrutiny regarding the affair and pregnancy," the indictment added.
The money wouldn't have been a factor if we didn't have a reputation for punishing people democrats for consensual sex; it's like liberals who said about Clinton it's not the blow job, its the abuse of power, when he was v. much being railroaded for the blow job.
Doesn't matter, he still mis-used campaign funds. That's a bad thing, and should be punished.
he's being investigating for misusing campaign funds.
Well at the other end of the spectrum you get everybody shrugging off pieces on the side and you end up with Dominique Strauss-Kahn.
Data point: Tom DeLay was not just indicted, but convicted of misusing campaign funds.
This doesn't surprise me at all. I'm a cynical son-of-a-bitch and he had me completely fooled.
The problem I see is the sublimation of women in our society as a powerful political voice in the last 20 years. Where the fuck did all the feminists go?
most of the attorneys I go up against are doing plaintiff's side tort litigation because they weren't good enough to get jobs doing corporate or defense work. -- valkyryn
In Canada we used to hear about stuff like the McDonald's hot coffee settlement and laugh at the crazy people in the USA.
and the reason it didn't surprise me is because he was a very, very convincing "good guy" and this scandal seemed so completely out of character based on my impression of him that in retrospect I could see him selling just about any line to anyone.
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