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FBI Joins Probe of Alleged Campaign Violations in Rep. Michele Bachmann’s Presidential Campaign

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is joining an investigation into violations in Rep. Michele Bachmann’s presidential campaign fund, MinnPost reports.

Authorities are focusing on alleged campaign finance violations from Bachmann’s failed bid for presidency last year.

State and federal ethics committees have been reviewing whether the presidential campaign fund, MichelePAC, was used to pay an Iowa state senator, MinnPost wrote.

The FBI plans to interview Bachmann’s former chief of staff and a director of her Iowa GOP presidential campaign, according to MinnPost.

John Edwards Campaign Finance Trial Begins

Shoshanna Utchenik
ticklethewire.com

In like a lion, out like a lamb for former golden boy John Edwards. Even if he beats criminal charges of campaign finance corruption, Edwards will be hard-pressed to ever recover his public image.

The L.A. Times reports that former North Carolina Senator and presidential candidate John Edwards goes to trial on Monday, having plead not-guilty to 6 criminal counts of campaign finance violations. If he loses the case, he faces up to 30 years jail time and $1.5 million in fines, according to the Times.

Edwards’ defense team contends that bills paid by 101-year-old Rachel “Bunny” Mellon, the Virginian banking heiress, and the late Fred Baron, a Texas lawyer, were personal gifts from friends and not campaign contributions.

Used to support and conceal Edwards’ mistress and their child during the 2008 Presidential campaign, the funds were also alleged to have bought a “dream house” for Edwards’ aide Andrew Young, who became embroiled in the scandal by claiming to be the father of Edwards’ love child to divert the press.

“This case is significant both legally and politically,” Kenneth Gross, a Washington ethics lawyer, told the L.A. Times. “This is the first criminal case dealing with an excessive gift, particularly a gift not ever going to a campaign, and spent for purposes seemingly unrelated to a campaign.”

The trial is expected to last 6 weeks.

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John Edwards Wants Criminal Charges Dropped; Claims Charges are Part of Political Crusade

John Edwards/senate photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Ex-Senator and two-time presidential candidate John Edwards, whose public image quickly turned to mud after news of his affair surfaced while his wife was dying of cancer, wants the criminal charges against him dismissed.

Politico’s Josh Gerstein reports that Edward’s high-powered attorneys Abbe Lowell, Jim Cooney and Wade Smith filed a motion Tuesday seeking to dismiss the crimina charges of campaign finance violations, saying the case amounts to a political crusade.

“This case is about politics,” the motion said, according to Politico. “A Republican U.S. Attorney with political ambitions of his own has used this high-profile case to his personal benefit,” the defense team wrote.

The motion was in reference to Bush-appointee, former Raleigh, N.C. U.S. Attorney George Holding, who resigned shortly after Edwards was indicted in June.

Interestingly, key politicians in the state wanted Holding to stay on as U.S. Attorney to handle the case, and to avoid allegations of political interference.

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