John Edwards in Hot Water for Paying Rielle Hunter

(L: John Edwards, Getty Images)

"You are so hot."

That's how Elizabeth Edwards says Rielle Hunter introduced herself to former presidential candidate John Edwards.

John Edwards with Rielle Hunter
It was an introduction that would ultimately wreck John Edwards' political career, put his marriage on the brink of collapse and now has him under federal investigation for his use of campaign funds. Before Edwards dropped out of the presidential race and later publicly acknowledged his affair with Hunter in August of 2008, he spent more than $100,000 on campaign videos produced by Hunter's production company.

He's now being investigated to see if the money he spent was all legitimate, or if he was illegally shifting around money to pay for Hunter's room, board and travel costs wherever he went. Edwards issued a rare public statement on the investigation Sunday.

"I am confident that no funds from my campaign were used improperly," Edwards said in the statement. "However, I know that it is the role of government to ensure that this is true. We have made available to the United States both the people and the information necessary to help them get the issue resolved efficiently and in a timely matter."

Using funds from a political action committee for personal use is a federal crime, but it seems like federal investigators would have a hard time proving anything if Rielle was even semi-legitimately employed by the campaign.

The AP has more:
While Edwards focused his comment on campaign funds, he also had a range of other fundraising organizations — including two nonprofits and a poverty center at his alma mater — that have come under scrutiny.

Chief among them was the PAC that paid Rielle Hunter's company for several months in 2006 for Web videos that documented Edwards' travels and advocacy in the months leading up to his 2008 presidential campaign. The committee also paid her firm an additional $14,086.50 on April 1, 2007.

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