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Edwards Scores Big Wad

8/30/2008 11:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

John EdwardsBest story of the day ... former Prez candidate John Edwards proves there no such thing as bad publicity, because it's making him even richer.

It seemed like only yesterday Edwards admitted he was cheating on his cancer-stricken wife -- right, it was -- and his fee for speaking engagements is already going sky high.

Edwards is scheduled to speak at the University of Illinois' Urbana campus in mid-October. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Edwards will rake in $65,000 for the chat. But the paper reports Edwards' agent told a University official Edwards wants to book more engagements and charge more than the pre-Beverly Hilton rate.

In 2006, Edwards was paid a measly $55,000 to speak at UC Davis ... on poverty.

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Tonya    

We live in a sick, sick country

2223 days ago
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Kay    

Shame on the people who pay to listen to this hypocrite.

2223 days ago
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Tonya    

Why won't our people learn to not help these guys out! Make them suffer for they do to their wives. But no! We give them even more money! I hope his wife is as smart as she seems and leaves this guy for good

2223 days ago
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same same same    

BOO EDWARDS .... He should make "0" for a speaking engagement! He should not be paid to speak on a college campus!

COME ON PARENTS of students there and others, those who are paying the tuition and fees at University of Illinois' Urbana SPEAK UP!

I am going to their web site... speak out!

2223 days ago
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big deal    

he done is family horrible .......especiall his wife .....homewrecker he is ....

2223 days ago
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Tangie    

This is the most ridiculous thing I've seen in awhile. I have to wonder how some people think. It boggles the mind.

2223 days ago
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same same same    

Student funded event students ONLY! Give me a break.... (Parents funded also)

Edwards is scheduled to deliver the fall lecture at Foellinger Auditorium at 7 p.m. Oct. 14

This event was scheduled in the Spring of 07 and a contract signed... long before he dropped the Presidential election and before we became aware that he was deceiving the American public, his wife and family!

He should quietly back out of his contract! PERIOD!

Speak out on the Campus

2223 days ago
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Lenn K.    

Let me get this straight, he's got $50K for speaking to people about poverty? This is the problem you have with liberals, bad times sells to them. Never be positive because people might help themselves and then they won't need your government handouts.

2223 days ago
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JEN2K    

DO

THE

WORDS

- - - - IN SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH - - - -

MEAN

ANYTHING ?

2223 days ago
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Susan    

Why in the world would ANYONE want to listen to him? I wouldn't pay $1.99, even if I was offered free popcorn and a beer.

2223 days ago
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TMZ IS RELEASE THERAPY FOR RACIST    

Most of you idiots are voting for John Mcvein and he did the same thing to his first wife.GET A LIFE AND MOVE ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2223 days ago
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jackie    

what a scuz, wouldn't pay 84 cents to hear his crap.

2223 days ago
13.

Melon Head    

VOTE MCCAIN FOR PRESIDENT...

OBAMA IS AN EMPTY SUIT...GOOD SPEAKER, NO EXPERIENCE...FRIEND OF TERRORIST BILL AYERS WHO SET OFF BOMBS AT THE PENTAGON, POLICE STATIONS, ETC. AND IS NOT REPENTANT...ALSO VERY GOOD FRIEND OF THE WRONG REVEREND WRIGHT, WHO DENOUNCES THIS COUNTRY...

BE SMART AND KEEP THIS MAN OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE...HE SPEAKS LIES, HE HAS TO RAISE YOUR TAXES TO SUPPORT ALL THESE SOCIAL WELFARE PROGRAMS.

2223 days ago
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Kay    

Cancer patients can have relapses if they are under a lot of stress. I think that's what happened to Elizabeth Edwards. Maybe she's sticking by her husband for their young kids. Maybe HE is sticking by his mistress for their (probable) baby. Ugh.

2223 days ago
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mary    

I went and heard Bill Clinton speak here in Victoria, B.C. and his fee is $150,000 per speach, sounds like Edwards is cheap.What does Edwards have to say that anyone would want to hear?

2223 days ago
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