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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-15-12 03:19 AM
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FEC said rich donor's monies were personal gifts-to Edwards that did not need to be reported!
Edited on Tue May-15-12 03:34 AM by No Elephants
Lora Haggard, Edwards' 2008 campaign chief financial officer, said FEC auditors determined, after reviewing the campaign's financial records of four years, that funds collected from wealthy donors were not campaign contributions but personal gifts.

Much of Haggard's testimony came with the jury outside the courtroom as U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Eagles determined if the testimony was admissible, ABC News reported Monday.

"Whatever the FEC determined is not relevant to the criminal charges," said prosecutor Jeffrey Tsai.

"The charges against John Edwards in this case flow from his knowing and willful violation of the federal campaign finance laws during his campaign for the Democratic Party's nomination for president," prosecutors alleged in court filings.


http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2012/05/14/Elizabeth-Edw...

Also:

U.S. District Judge Catherine Eagles delivered a serious blow to the defense, however, in disallowing testimony from a former Federal Elections Commission chairman who has said that money given by two wealthy donors to Edwards' campaign weren't campaign contributions.


http://www.wral.com/news/local/politics/story/11100012 /

If the IRS said your taxes were okay, but Holder later thought otherwise, would have been knowingly and willfully violating tax laws by relying on the IRS determination?

Haggard also testified that Edwards had NO INPUT into the financial reports to the FEC. Id.

And....

Earlier, Mellon lawyer and money manager Alex D. Forger testified that the heiress believed the $725,000 she sent to Young was intended as a gift to Edwards, not as a campaign contribution. Mellon had already given the maximum allowed $2,300 contribution to Edwards' presidential primary campaign and would give another $6.4 million to a political action committee and other organizations associated with his White House bid.

Forger said Mellon, who first met Edwards' in 2005, wanted to help the politician whom she considered a friend. He said the $6.4 million donated directly to Edwards' groups was "quite small" compared to the heiress' overall net worth.

"I think her primary interest was in John as a person," Forger said. "She in her later years has had few close friends. Her husband had died, her daughter was ill. She took a liking to Senator Edwards. Whatever was of interest to him, she would support."


http://www.fayobserver.com/articles/2012/05/07/1176216?...

Okay, so the donor and her lawyer thought she was making gifts to a friend to help him hide an affair from his dying wife. The Edwards campaign thought the same thing. The Federal Election Commission agreed.

And the donor Mellon reported the money on her income tax returns as gifts, not as campaign donations. As a result, she paid gift taxes on the money she gave Edwards.

Where is the criminal intent? For that matter, where is the crime?



Edwards sucked, but so does this prosecution. IMO, if the jury convicts, it will be because Edwards was an s.o.b. in his personal life, not because he misused or failed to report campaign donations.

Edwards faces fines and up to 30 years in prison.

Meanwhile, John McCain violated campaign laws and the DNC filed a complaint with the FEC about that. McCain got away with paying the money back and next to no publicity about it. He is in the Senate and Edwards will never be elected dogcatcher.

:wtf:
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-15-12 06:27 AM
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1. P.S. the judge who agreed with the D of J on excluding evidence from a former head of the FEC
was nominated by Obama in 2010.

I'm sure that has nothing to do with her ruling, though.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-12 02:07 AM
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2. If he had been nominated, Riyelle and the baby would have comprised the October surprise.
So, I was pretty danged mad when this came out.

Not 30 years mad, though.
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