John Edwards is having a birthday party. And gifts are not optional.
What the former North Carolina senator wants from those attending his bash in Raleigh on Sunday is money.
The invitations to the party at the Glenwood Avenue offices of his former law partners ask those attending to contribute anywhere from $500 to $2,300 to Edwards' presidential campaign.
Among the hosts are Raleigh lawyers David Kirby and Mark Holt, former Gov. Jim Hunt, former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Burley Mitchell, former Raleigh Mayor Smedes York and Julius Chambers, former chancellor of N.C. Central University.