Edwards Made Almost $39M in 10 Years

Democratic vice presidential candidate John Edwards (search) made almost $39 million in income in a decade, his campaign disclosed Friday.

Edwards, a plaintiff's trial lawyer, and his wife made the money from 1994 to 2003, said the campaign as it released portions of the couple's tax returns. The candidate's wife, an attorney, stopped practicing law in 1996.

The couple paid 34.8 percent of their income in taxes during the 10-year span, $13.2 million.

The campaign also reported that the Edwards paid 8.6 percent of their income to charity.

Edwards made over $10 million in a single year, 1997, according to his tax returns. He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1998.

Edwards was the plaintiffs' lawyer in 1997 when a North Carolina jury ordered an obstetrician and her employer to pay the parents of a retarded girl $23.2 million — the largest award ever for a medical malpractice case in the state.

The candidate's financial status fits right in with that of President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney (search) and Edwards' running mate John Kerry (search), who are all wealthy.