Thursday, October 7, 2010
Did you donate to the failed John Edwards campaign? If so, your hard earned dollars may have been used to help keep Edwards’ mistress and baby momma, Rielle Hunter in hiding.
That’s what Federal prosecutors want to know.
Federal prosecutors have issued a fresh round of subpoenas to examine Edwards’ campaign finances, an attorney for the two-time presidential candidate said Wednesday.
The subpoenas are part of an investigation that hasn’t publicly shown much activity for a year when Edwards’ mistress baby momma, Rielle Hunter and former aide Andrew Young made appearances at a Federal courthouse in Raleigh a year ago to testify before a grand jury.
Young testified about vast sums of money that changed hands to help keep Hunter in hiding.
Edwards, a former North Carolina senator and 2004 Democratic candidate for vice president, has largely been in seclusion since admitting two years ago that he had an affair with Hunter. He publicly admitted for the first time earlier this year he fathered a child with Hunter. John and Elizabeth Edwards, have been separated after more than 30 years of marriage.
Hunter worked for Edwards’ political action committee in 2006, as a videographer, shooting behind-the-scenes footage as the Democrat prepared to launch his second White House campaign. The committee paid Hunter $100,000 that year and then another $14,000 later on in what a senior campaign official described as a payment for leftover footage.
Young said he was assigned the task of taking care of Hunter both during the campaign and after. He described receiving hundreds-of-thousands of dollars in support from Edwards supporter Bunny Mellon, the wealthy widow of banking heir Paul Mellon, and from Edwards campaign finance leader Fred Baron, who died last year.