It gave her something to look forward to. The campaign gave her a wonderful focus and something to really hold onto.Bryan Huffman, a confidante of 101-year-old philanthropist Rachel “Bunny” Mellon • Discussing her $725,000 in under-the-table donations to the John Edwards campaign in 2007 — donations which were used as “hush money” to keep Edwards’ affair with Rielle Hunter a secret. Mellon’s payments were disguised as payments for furniture, to the point where notes were attached describing what kinds of furniture they were used for. Mellon, the daughter of an early Gillette president, also donated $6 million to Edwards’ PAC and, after the campaign, was allegedly pushed by an Edwards aide to donate $40 million to $50 million to a foundation for fighting poverty.
He knows he made mistakes. But John thinks that the treatment of him is so unflinchingly horrible and that what he did is not so different from what others did — JFK, Clinton, the whole rogues’ gallery. We’ve had this conversation about his situation, and I remember he did compare it to Clinton. He said, ‘I did a horrendous thing, but I don’t know why I’m getting such an unforgiving treatment when you think of what other people have done.’New Jersey lawyer (and close friend of John Edwards) Glenn Bergenfield • Discussing the former senator’s treatment by the press, which Edwards feels is unfair, according to Bergenfield. Edwards, who fathered a love child out of wedlock while his wife was suffering from cancer, then denied the child was his for a couple of years, is accused of violating campaign contribution laws tied to his 2008 run for president and his affair with Rielle Hunter. His trial begins Thursday.
» Yeah, you weren’t entitled to those matching funds: The main issue that Edwards faces is that he received federal matching funds up the wazoo — funds which he didn’t end up using and now has to pay back. But that said, it’s not even the worst issue our boy is facing — see, he recently got indicted on felony charges involving his reported usage of $900,000 to hide his pregnant mistress, Rielle Hunter, from sight.
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» This makes things even more awkward: According to birth records released regarding Mildred Patricia Baena’s child with the former governor, he was born less than a week after Maria Shriver had a child of her own. The actor has supported the child since his birth. The superstar actor, who is taking this hard, “is doing everything he can to take full responsibility to take all of the spotlight off his children and wife,” according to a CNN source close to Schwarzenegger. Still though, it’s kinda tough to do so with this kind of scandal. This is pretty weird, right?