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For as long as there's been politics, there's been sex scandals. Anytime one's public success is based on perceived morality, opponents are bound to dig up any sensational shred of wrongdoing. Sex tapes only make it easier.

The latest episode in poli-porn allegedly involves John Edwards and his hippie-dippie slide, Rielle Hunter. While the fate of the recording's release is worked out in court, here's a look back at some of the most politically costly taxes on tape...

JFK Allegedly With Marilyn Monroe, USA (1952)
• Someone had to set it off. Although there is now great speculation whether or not the tape is legit, CBS reported in 2008 that a copy of Marilyn Monroe's amateur porn had been sold for $1.5 million. A questionably credible documentarian claimed that the original was in the hands of the FBI, who had long tried to connect it to the womanizer, JFK. I wouldn't put it past him.

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Bill Clinton, USA (1998)
• Audio can be just as damaging. After brushing off allegations from Jennifer Flowers and Paula Jones, Clinton faced his toughest challenge when the opportunistic defense department employee, Linda Tripp, bugged her calls with the naive Lewinsky. His reputation was forever stained.

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Chu Mei Feng, Taiwan (2001)
• It's not just male politicians producing content for Spankwire. A well-known city councilwoman got busted after a tape surfaced of her burning off some steam with a married man. After resigning, she did what many sex tape alums do - recorded an album.

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Bill O'Reilly, USA (2004)
• Some sex tape recordings are unsolicited. Professional sleaze bag, Bill O'Reilly, was hit with a lawsuit from former employee Andrea Mackris, after he left countless recordings on her voicemail about Caribbean shower fantasies and other perverted acts. The host who repeatedly trashed "immoral" artists eventually settled out of court for an undisclosed amount. Dickhead.

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Yahya Zaini, Indonesia (2006)
• Don't let the groupies use the flip cam. The country's head of Religious Affairs Committee, which oversees morality issues, got exposed in a grainy video with local singer, Maria Eva. The vocalist later blew up his spot in a teary confession typically seen in VH1 reunion specials. Zaini had gassed her up by not only financing her record, but offering to make her his second wife. Maybe next season, boo.

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Chua Soi Lek, Malaysia (2008)
• It's not just smoke detectors you gotta watch out for while in hotel rooms. A creepy CCTV cam caught the married Minister of Health administering some sexual healing to his mistress. He quickly admitted his involvement, resigned, but then returned to public office later that year. Clinton would be proud.

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Narayan Dutt Tiwari, India (2009)
• Age ain't nothing but a number. The 86-year-old Congress Party official resigned after a long career in politics when a video surfaced of him with three young women in a ménage à quatre. Viva Viagra!

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Mike Duvall, USA (2009)
• Keep the locker room talk away from the microphones. Clearly excited that he was still getting laid, the Republican Assemblyman bragged inappropriately at an appropriations meeting about banging a lobbyist. He resigned 15 hours later.

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Silvio Berlusconi, Italy (2009)
• It ain't tricking if you're Prime Minister. When the greasy head of state isn't getting his nose broken or making racist statements, he's smooshing call girls. After audio tapes surfaced, he denied the allegations and stayed in power. Elliot Spitzer, take notes.

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Eugene Robinson, USA (2009)

• New Jersey politics are grimey. Long time opponents of Eugene Robinson, set up the Atlantic City councilman in hopes of destroying his career. They succeeded in masterminding his downfall, but were then handed a two-year prison sentence for their illegal sting operation. Take one for the team.

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John Edwards, USA (2009)
• Really, John? If reports are true that the former presidential candidate filmed a porno with his pregnant jump-off, this would the climax of an epic sleazy downfall. Homie was preaching about two Americas, but was living two lives.

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