John Edwards Campaign Creatively Targeted “Shallow Pockets” Contributors
When it Came Time to Refund Money, Little Guys Were Forgotten

John Edwards affair

When DBKP first reported on August 25 that the Edwards campaign had quietly refunded almost $4 million in campaign contributions to big donors and bundlers–leaving little campaign contributors, or shallow pocket voters, out in the cold–the response by some was: “so what” or “no big deal”.

Others pointed out that, by law, once a candidate drops out of a Presidential primary election the campaign has to refund all contributions earmarked for the General election. So we decided to dig a “little deeper” and find out more about the role ‘shallow pocket’ voters played in the Edwards campaign.

We also looked at Federal Election campaign laws and at the refunds themselves to determine whether the Edwards campaign returned an individual contribution “by law”or whether the refund was discretionary.

Even we were surprised by what we found.

Edwards was supposed to be for the little guy, but he cheated the little guy. We got stiffed,” said one source who contacted DBKP.

Small Change, Big Change

According to Fox News, more than “100,000 individuals” contributed less than $100 in the first six months of 2007, or 93% of all donations to the Edwards campaign for President:

The Edwards’ campaign has repeatedly pointed to the small donations it has collected from shallow-pocket voters and $15 fundraising events dubbed “Small Change for Big Change.” In announcing their updated fundraising numbers at the beginning of July, Edwards’ campaign advisers said more than 100,000 individuals had donated in the first six months of 2007 and that 93 percent of all donations were less than $100.
–Fox News – Deep Pocketed Lawyers Still

Bankrolling John Edwards

March, 2007, “Shame on you, Ann Coulter
–John Edwards 08 Campaign website

“Friday afternoon, Republican mouthpiece Ann Coulter brought hate-speech politics to a new low. This video shows Coulter addressing the American Conservative Union’s Political Action Conference, March, 2, 2007 in Washington, D.C.

We must show that inflaming prejudice to attack progressive leaders will only backfire.

Can you help us raise $100,000 in “Coulter Cash” this week to keep this campaign charging ahead and fight back against the politics of bigotry?”

Select a Contribution Amount
$25 $50 $100 $250 $1,000 $2,300 $4,600 $ Other
–John Edwards 08

June 10, 2007, John Edwards’ 54th Birthday
–John Edwards 08 Campaign website

This Sunday is John’s 54th birthday, and Elizabeth and his mother Bobbie are working on a gift that only all of you can give: 10,000 people stepping forward to support the campaign by Sunday.

Over 4,000 of you have already contributed. We’re nearly halfway there! If you haven’t contributed yet, now’s the time to support John’s campaign and make sure we have the resources we need to win.
John Edwards for President

“John Edwards marked his 54th birthday with a big bash. The backyard barbecue wasn’t the usual – $1,000-a-plate events the candidates usually attend. The party was held at the Best Western University Inn in Chapel Hill, N.C., in the state where Edwards was a former senator.

The fee for entry was just $15. Edwards told the crowd that he needs voters to mobilize to create change.”
–John Edwards Reaches Out on Birthday

We contacted the FEC for more info on Federal campaign election laws pertaining to the Presidential election. It’s true, by law a candidate that drops out during the primary election has to refund all contributions earmarked for the General election. Contributions designated for the Primary election, or were “undesignated” but contributed during the Primary election, those refunds are up to the “discretion” of the campaign. So we decided to go back and check each and every one of the over 2,000 contributions refunded by the Edwards campaign in order to answer the question: How many of the refunds were up to the discretion of the Edwards campaign and how many had to be returned by law?

According to the FEC, contributions of $200 or less do not have to be itemized by campaigns. Campaigns are allowed to accept “anonymous” contributions of $50
or under in cash.

Here’s the “big deal” pertaining to the “little donors” who gave to the Edwards campaign: out of the $35,142,951 contributed to the Edwards campaign by individuals, 41%, or $14,360,761, were from people who donated $200 or less. Yet the percentage of those donors who received a refund was less than 1%.

That’s right, out of the millions of dollars contributed to the Edwards campaign by the “little guy”, or shallow pocket voters, less than 1% was given back.

Who got the other 99% of the refunds?

Continue reading: John Edwards: Small Pocket Donors Cheated, Big Backers, Bundlers Get Discretionary Refunds

by Mondoreb/LBG
Source: John Edwards: Small Pocket Donors Cheated, Big Backers, Bundlers Get Discretionary Refunds

Mondoreb blogs at Death By 1000 Papercuts. Interested readers can e-mail him at All DBKP stories are filed under Mondoreb at BNN. This story was by LBG.

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