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Originally posted 07/21/2011 12:50PM
John Edwards was ordered on Thursday to repay the treasury $2.3 million, the Federal Election Commission ruled unanimously.
Edwards, 58, was indicted early last month for breaking campaign finance laws by using political funds to cover up the affair with his mistress Rielle Hunter and their love child.
Federal auditors said all but approximately $200,000 of the total $13 million he received for his 2008 presidential campaign came from federal matching funds, The Washington Post reports.
Originally posted 06/15/2011 03:30PM
A little more than a week after John Edwards pleaded not guilty to violating campaign finance laws, his mug shot was released Wednesday – and it appears he handled the photo opportunity like a true politician.
The former U.S. Senator, who was indicted June 3 in North Carolina on six counts – including conspiracy, four counts of illegal campaign contributions and one count of false statements – is all smiles in the photo.
Edwards was accused of using political funds to cover up his affair and out-of-wedlock child with Rielle Hunter while he was running for president in 2008. A plea deal with the U.S. Justice Department fell through because the two-time presidential candidate refused to serve jail time.
Originally posted 06/03/2011 04:20PM
With his daughter Cate standing behind him, John Edwards spoke out Friday after pleading not guilty to using campaign money to cover up his mistress and love child.
"There is no question that I’ve done wrong," Edwards, 57, said outside the federal courthouse in Winston-Salem, N.C. "I take full responsibility for having done wrong. I will regret for the rest of my life the pain and the harm that I’ve caused to others. But I did not break the law, and I never, ever thought I was breaking the law."
Originally posted 06/03/2011 03:10PM
A federal grand jury has charged John Edwards with breaking campaign finance laws by using political funds to cover up his affair and out-of-wedlock child with Rielle Hunter while he was running for president in 2008.
He was indicted Friday in North Carolina on six counts, including conspiracy, four counts of illegal campaign contributions and one count of false statements.
Edwards arrived Friday at the federal courthouse Winston-Salem, N.C., with his daughter Cate for his initial appearance before U.S. District Judge Patrick Auld. Edwards pleaded not guilty.
Originally posted 05/25/2011 05:00PM
John Edwards soon may be charged with breaking campaign finance laws by using political funds to cover up his affair and out-of-wedlock child with Rielle Hunter during his 2008 presidential run.
"We've learned that the government is pressing ahead to prosecute, and this phase of the case is swiftly coming to a conclusion," a source told PEOPLE.
Investigators believe that money from outside political groups and Edwards's donors was paid to Hunter and onetime aide Andrew Young to keep the affair and love child a secret.
An attorney for Edwards, Gregory Craig, confirmed the government is preparing a criminal case.
"John Edwards has done wrong in his life – and he knows it better than anyone – but he did not break the law," says Craig, according to The Washington Post. "The Justice Department has wasted millions of dollars and thousands of hours on a matter more appropriately a topic for the Federal Election Commission to consider, not a criminal court."
A source close to Edwards says he has, in recent weeks, appeared despondent over the case and isolated himself at the family's sprawling Chapel Hill, N.C., home, where he is sole parent to his two young children, Emma Claire, 13, and Jack, 11.
Hunter, meanwhile, lives in Charlotte, N.C., with her daughter Quinn and continues to have contact with former senator, a source tells PEOPLE.
Originally posted 01/07/2011 01:40PM
John Edwards is not engaged to Rielle Hunter, an Edwards family friend confirms to PEOPLE.
"It's not true," the friend says of a tabloid report that Edwards, 57, has proposed marriage to Hunter, 46.
Although Edwards has neither confirmed nor denied whether he and Hunter are romantically involved, another source close to the former Presidential candidate tells PEOPLE their relationship is primarily about being parents to daughter Frances Quinn, who turns 3 in February.
Originally posted 01/06/2011 04:10PM
A week before her death, Elizabeth Edwards filed a will.
She lists her worldly possessions – "furniture, furnishings, household goods, jewelry, china, silverware and personal effects and any automobiles" – and says it'll all be divided among her three children.
Absent in the document dated Dec. 1 was any mention of her estranged husband John Edwards, 57, although he is still living in their home.
John admitted he had an affair in 2006 while Elizabeth's breast cancer was in remission and that he had fathered a child.
Originally posted 12/07/2010 05:05PM
Elizabeth Edwards – a political wife whose personal dramas, including her husband's infidelity and her six-year battle against breast cancer, were played out on a public stage – died from the disease Tuesday. She was 61.
"Today we have lost the comfort of Elizabeth's presence but she remains the heart of this family," the Edwards family says in a statement. "We love her and will never know anyone more inspiring or full of life."
She died at her home in Chapel Hill, N.C., surrounded by her family.
"On behalf of Elizabeth we want to express our gratitude to the thousands of kindred spirits who moved and inspired her along the way," the statement adds. "Your support and prayers touched our entire family."
Originally posted 11/10/2010 06:20PM
Don't believe the hype.
That's the message from Rielle Hunter, who is fighting back against widely picked-up reports that she fought with John Edwards and flew to Los Angeles to see Matt LeBlanc and John Cusack.
"The story is not true," Hunter's spokesperson RoseMarie Terenzio tells PEOPLE in an exclusive statement. "Rielle Hunter has not been to Los Angeles in two years."
Last week, the National Enquirer reported that Hunter, who has a 2-year-old daughter, Quinn, with Edwards, had been "unfaithful" after she traveled to L.A. to look up "old flames" Cusack and LeBlanc.
Originally posted 06/29/2010 05:30PM
For all that's been said about Elizabeth Edwards, she's now taking her turn.
In a frank and far-reaching interview with PEOPLE in this week's issue, Edwards, 60, opens up about husband John's infidelity scandal and details what her and her children’s relationships with him are like now, the summer vacation they'll take together (including the sleeping arrangements), and her thoughts on him dating again.
"John's conduct through this whole thing was terrible and it makes people want him to pay for it," Elizabeth says. "On a personal level, he's paid a lot."
She also shares how her cancer has gotten worse, with tumors in her legs, spine and skull: "It's less frightening than you think; it can't migrate to your brain," she says.
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