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John Edwards denies breaking campaign finance laws

Former US presidential hopeful John Edwards has pleaded not guilty to violating campaign finance laws in an effort to hide an extra-marital affair.

A North Carolina grand jury charged the Democrat with using cash from two donors to shelter campaign aide Rielle Hunter, with whom he fathered a child. It said he illegally used the campaign funds to pay her living expenses and hide her from the media.

The former North Carolina senator, 57, ran for president in 2004 and 2008.