Bundlers, Attorneys Lead List of Those Receiving Refunds from the John Edwards Campaign in March

The Edwards ’08 Campaign for President has quietly refunded almost $4 million to individual contributors, a number of them, bundlers and big backers. This should be news to Warren Buffet who recently mused that Edwards’ supporters should get together and file a class action suit. It seems another “class” has already had their contributions refunded–and it’s not the “grassroots” little guys.

We had no idea the campaign was handing out refunds until we happened to come across the information while perusing the site OpenSecrets.org and the data supplied to the Federal Election Commission by the Edwards’ campaign.

We were baffled, how did the Edwards’ campaign manage to refund that much money, almost $4 million, and no one notice? We hadn’t seen any mention of the refunds elsewhere, not on the web, not in the MSM, and not on the Edwards’ campaign website.

We found it interesting, at a time when Warren Buffet on CNBC This Morning (courtesy Mickey Kaus at Slate) mused whether Edwards’ contributors should file a class-action suit to get their money back, there’s a whole other “class” of individuals who’ve received their refund. And what an interesting “class” we found:

Out of 667 “bundlers” or designated fundraisers, 276 or 40%, had received a refund of their individual contributions. Not only did the individual bundlers get their money back but in some cases so did their family members.

Other refundees included Fred Baron, Edwards’ former national finance campaign chairman in both the ’04 and ’08 elections. Baron recently admitted that he had been monetarily “helping” Edwards’ ex-mistress, Rielle Hunter. The list includes some of Edwards’ largest bundlers, Thomas Girardi, John O’Quinn, and William Lerash, as well as other “famous” refundees: Michael Eisner, Don Henley, Eric Montross, and Michigan Congressman (D) David Bonoir of Michigan.

We took a look at the Edwards campaign website to see if there was any info listed on how to get a refund and came up empty-handed.

Earlier, we published John Edwards Scandal: Many Big Edwards Donors Got Refunds in March and now, we take a look at the individuals involved.

We’ve included a list of Edward’s bundlers who have received a refund as well the “moneybags” behind Edwards who got their money back too:

According to Insider Exclusive, Thomas Girardi was named the “The Billion Dollar Gentleman” by the L.A. Daily Journal for $1 billion in verdicts and settlements over a two-year period.

According to Opensecrets.org, Girardi’s firm, Girardi and Keese donated $43,000 to Edwards’ campaign. Thomas Girardi, the founder of the firm, received his Edwards’ refund check as well as members of his family.

Girardi, Denise Rancho Palos Verde, CA $2,300 March 24, 2008
Girardi, Erika Pasadena, CA $2,300 March 24, 2008
Girardi, John Rancho Palos Verde, CA $2,300 March 24, 2008
Girardi, John Rancho Palos Verde, CA $2,300 June 02, 2008
Girardi, John Rancho Palos Verde, CA $2,300 June 06, 2008
Girardi, Patrick Manhattan Beach, CA $2,300 March 25, 2008
Girardi, Thomas Pasadena, CA $2,300 March 24, 2008

John O’Quinn, Texas trial lawyer and king of Tobacco and Silicon Breast Implant Civil Lawsuits, whose net worth is in the multi-millions, requested and received his $2300 refund from the Edwards’ campaign.

O’Quinn held an Edwards “grassroots” fundraiser in Austin, Texas, in June of 2007, for the “little” people who could give only “$15” to Edward’s campaign. The fundraiser was called “Small Change for Big Change”.

O’Quinn, John Houston, TX $2,300 March 24, 2008

Fred Baron, the multi-millionaire trial attorney who was Edwards’ National Campaign Finance Chairman in both the ’04 and ’08 races and who purportedly has paid thousands to Edwards’ ex-mistress, Rielle Hunter, made sure he got his campaign contribution back as well as other members of his family.

Baron, Frederick Dallas, TX $2,300 March 24, 2008
Baron, Joan Dallas, TX $2,300 March 24, 2008
Baron, Lisa Dallas, TX $2,300 March 24, 2008
Baron, Steven Dallas, TX $2,300 March 24, 2008
Baron, Steven Dallas, TX $2,300 March 24, 2008
Baron, Steven Dallas, TX $2,300 March 25, 2008

Russell Budd is the other half of the Texas law firm, Baron & Budd. Fred Baron parted ways with Baron & Budd several years ago. Baron and Budd made an estimated $800 million in asbestos-related lawsuits.

Budd, Dorothy Dallas, TX $2,300 March 24, 2008
Budd, Russell Dallas, TX $2,300 March 24, 2008

William Lerach was one of Edwards’ top bundlers. Lerach, plus members of his family and his law firm, Lerach Coughlin, raised almost $76,000 in the first half of 2007, got his money back on March 24, even though he was sentenced to serve two years in prison on February 11, 2008. Lerach entered a plea deal after being charged with a kickback scheme that purportedly netted his old firm, Milberg Weiss, $200 million.

Who else received their money back? And how many small donors got their money back?

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by Mondoreb/LBG
Source: Edwards’ Campaign Quietly Refunds Contributions to Bundlers, Big Backers

Mondoreb blogs at Death By 1000 Papercuts. Interested readers can e-mail him at
mondoreb@gmail.com. All DBKP stories are filed under Mondoreb at BNN. This story was by LBG, with notes by Mondoreb & dossier.

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