John Edwards’ Use of Campaign Funds to Support his Mistress: A Claim for Misappropriation?

It has come to no surprise to learn that former Democratic presidential candidate, John Edwards, and his wife, Elizabeth Edwards, have legally separated. While reports do not state when the couple separated, sources claim the couple separated a while ago. Should these two proceed to dissolving their marriage, one issue to be discussed most certainly will be the campaign funds John Edwards used on his mistress, Rielle Hunter.

A federal probe has been launched to look into how John Edwards spent his campaign funds on his alleged “employee”, Rielle Hunter. Hunter, the admitted mistress of John Edwards, was paid more than $100,000 by Edwards’ public action committee for video filmed during the months leading up to his 2008 presidential campaign. Hunter’s firm was also paid an additional $14,086.50 on April 1, 2007 for “furniture” when the PAC only had $7,932.95 in cash on hand. Another suspicious act was from Edwards’ late national finance chairman, Fred Baron, who reportedly paid Hunter to resettle in California. The investigation will make sure Edwards’ campaign funds were not given to the mistress as hush money.

Hypothetically speaking and in the unlikely event this matter is tried in Orange County, California, if the campaign funds were given to Hunter under the guise of “campaign funds”, Elizabeth Edwards could have a claim for misappropriation of funds. When one party has deliberately misappropriated community assets to the exclusion of the other party’s interest in them, the court may make an unequal division of the community estate to the extent necessary to reimburse the other party for his or her loss. Family Code §2602, Marriage of Economo (1990) 224 CA3d 1466, 1483. An act of “deliberate misappropriation” under this section has been described as “calculated thievery.” Marriage of Schultz, (1980) 105 CA3d 846.

If you believe that your spouse is using community property funds to support his or her mistress, contact an Orange County Divorce Lawyer to discuss your options.

Source: WowOWow.com: Did John Edwards Misuse Campaign Funds on Rielle Hunter?