Edwards Canapes for Cash

By Ed O'Keefe

Mar 24, 2007 10:20am

ABC News’ Raelyn Johnson Reports: He said the campaign would go on and indeed it did. Late Friday, former Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., and wife Elizabeth attended a private fundraiser at the Santa Monica, California home of entertainment lawyer Skip Brittenham and his wife, actress and screenwriter Heather Thomas. (We’ve done the Google search for you: click here).

On Wednesday, Mr. and Mrs. Edwards announced that while Elizabeth’s cancer had returned, he would continue his run for the White House in 2008.

Television news crews, paparazzi, a valet crew and security detail greeted nearly 150 guests as they arrived at the event in true Hollywood fashion — driving big cars and carrying bigger wallets. There was no red carpet, only a long brick driveway that led up to the lavish home. It took a double take to realize this was a campaign event, not an episode of MTV Cribs.

Shortly after 6:00pm, guests began arriving for a cocktail hour, followed by dinner. While it is unknown what they dined on, at $2300 per plate, we bet it was good. But with dinner costing the maximum amount of a single campaign contribution, it’s safe to say that those in attendance cared less about the meal, and more about the taste of victory.

Edwards and several other presidential hopefuls are spending the weekend fundraising in California. With the March 31st deadline for fundraising totals approaching, many candidates are in a crunch to raise more cash for their coffers. And with large states moving up their primaries, candidates have the additional challenge of getting their hands on large amounts of cash quickly.

When California recently moved its primary up to February, Edwards said, “(I’m) glad for the opportunity to spend more time talking to Californians about their concerns and their hopes for the future.”

Expect to see a lot more of Edwards as he campaigns in California, canapé by canapé.

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