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Monday, January 30, 2006

Edwards Donor Under Investigation for Illegal Campaign Contributions

As David Shepardson reports for The Detroit News, Michigan trial attorney Geoffrey Fieger is under investigation by the Justice Department for illegally funneling campaign contributions to 2004 presidential candidate John Edwards through Fieger's employees and associates.

Fieger claims the Justice Department will indict him for reimbursing "civic-minded" employees who made contributions to Edwards with bonuses, an illegal use of conduit contributors under federal campaign law.

Fieger is not the only trial attorney who has been investigated for making illegal conduit campaign contributions to Edwards. Arkansas attorney C. Tab Turner was also investigated by the Justice Department on the same charge - reimbursing employees for campaign contributions to Edwards.

Edwards fundraisers aren't the only ones trying to cheat by evading contributions limits. Bush Pioneer fundraiser Tom Noe was indicted for illegal conduit contributions in Ohio last October.

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JURY SEATED FOR ENRON TRIAL

As Kristen Hays and Erin McLamm report for the Associated Press, 12 jurors and 4 alternates were seated today to hear the case against former Enron CEOs Ken Lay and Jeffrey Skilling.

Opening statements are expected tomorrow, the same day as the State of the Union address by President Bush is scheduled. We'll be watching to see whether the President mentions Ken Lay, Jack Abramoff, Brent Wilkes, or any other of his fundraisers who are under investigation for fraud or corruption.

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