In May 2007, as John Edwards endured ridicule for his $400 haircut, a wealthy supporter fired off a note to a campaign aide, vowing to privately pay for his hair care and other expenses important to his candidacy.
Federal prosecutors cited a letter from Bunny Mellon to Edwards in which she says the money “is a way to help our friend without government restrictions.”
Investigators believe there should have been restrictions on the $925,000 in under-the-table money that Mellon and another benefactor ended up providing to support Edwards. It’s key to the government’s contention that the 2004 Democratic vice presidential nominee broke the law in hiding his pregnant mistress during the final months of his 2008 campaign for the White House.
Edwards has pleaded not guilty.
Posted in: Misc.– June 4, 2011