August 17th, 2007
12:51 PM ET
16 years ago

Edwards appeals for 'clean money'

Edwards is seeking to raise campaign cash over his lobbyist pledge.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards is seeking to capitalize financially on his opposition to accepting campaign contributions from lobbyists. The former North Carolina senator sent out a fundraising appeal Friday asking supporters for “clean money” to help fuel his bid for the White House.

“There is no middle ground – if we want to make our government work for all Americans, we can’t negotiate or compromise with special interest lobbyists or D.C. insiders – we have to stand up and fight back,” Edwards writes in the email note.

The fundraising plea comes one day after Edwards asked Illinois Sen. Barack Obama to join him in trying to eliminate federal lobbyist contributions to the Democratic Party. Obama is also seeking the Democratic presidential nomination.

Edwards first challenged his fellow Democrats to stop taking lobbyist contributions before a cheering crowd at the 2007 YearlyKos convention in Chicago.

- CNN Associate Producer Martina Stewart

soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. Perry, Dallas, Texas

    A hedge fund investing ambulance chaser is talking about clean money?

    August 19, 2007 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  2. Tyler, Greenville, NC

    To "RR" and "Perry", while you can have your own opinion, you're judging John Edwards as a radical personal injury lawyer. My cousin worked in the same hospital he sued those doctors in.... They deserved it for their traditional practices based on religion and beliefs.

    Y'all are comparing apples to oranges. Someone physically harming someone as a doctor because they don't follow proper guidelines is totally different than a person driving a Ford and killing someone and holding Ford responsible. I think we all know that your uneducated comment holds no clout... you're just reaching to paint Edwards in a negative light.

    I like how all of y'all are painting him as this radical injury lawyer without even researching the cases he's tried.

    Once again, don't comment unless you are educated enough to make relevant comparisons and know the person you are commenting on. Keep in mind he currently leads Clinton and Obama in the latest news poll of NC Dems for the nomination.

    August 20, 2007 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
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