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Edwards campaign finance chairman paid mistress

MICHAEL BIESECKER
Associated Press

GREENSBORO, NC (AP) — Records introduced at John Edwards’ corruption trial show his campaign finance chairman paid the candidate’s mistress a $9,000 monthly cash allowance.

Wealthy Texas lawyer Fred Baron is one of two political supporters who gave nearly $1 million to help hide Edwards’ pregnant mistress Rielle Hunter as he sought the White House in 2008. The money was used for private jets, stays at luxury resorts and a $20,000-a-month California rental mansion.

Evidence introduced Tuesday shows Baron was also making regular deposits in Hunter’s checking account. The money totaled $74,000 in 2008. Baron died of cancer in October of that year.

Edwards has pleaded not guilty to campaign finance violations stemming from the money used to support his mistress. He faces up to 30 years in prison.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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