Presidential hopeful Stephen Colbert, who has declared that Doritos chips are supporting his campaign, was recently the target of populist John Edwards’ sole campaign tactic: That everyone except John Edwards takes donations from evil corporations. In response to South Carolina’s “Favorite Son” campaigning in Columbia Sunday, Edwards spokeswoman Teresa Wells tried to make a meta-funny:
“As the candidate of Doritos, [Colbert's] hands are stained by corporate corruption and nacho cheese. John Edwards has never taken a dime from taco chip lobbyists and America deserves a President who isn’t in the pocket of the snack food special interests.”
Don’t speak too soon, Wells. The manic investigative team at Radar is calling your bullshit.
Radar‘s sleuths have discovered that Edwards is, in fact, a corporate snack food whore:
According to campaign filings, the former senator accepted multiple donations from a Frito-Lay executive. Edwards’s buddy at Doritos is Joyce Duesman of Texas, a former Frito bandito who is now a VP at PepsiCo (Frito’s parent company) specializing in industry relations. She cut Edwards a check for $250 in March of this year, and followed it up with a $500 donation in May.
Nice work, Team Edwards! And is it really that good to go around (joke) dissing snack food companies when you’re trying to win Iowa? All of that crap is made from corn. Read The Omnivore’s Dilemma. Good book.