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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 extramarital 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.

Tim Allman reports.