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Ex-aide recalls John Edwards' visit with key donor
Ex-aide describes John Edwards' visit with donor whose money was later used to hide mistress
By The Associated Press

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) ' An aide who traveled with John Edwards has testified about the former presidential candidate's first meeting with a key donor whose money was later used to hide his mistress.

Josh Brumberger, now 33, described accompanying Edwards to the Virginia home of Rachel "Bunny" Mellon in December of 2005. Soon after, she gave a substantial donation.

Brumberger also described how Edwards and his associates made efforts to stay in touch with her, including calling on her birthday and sending flowers.

Brumberger's testimony is a key part of prosecutors' efforts to establish the timeline of the affair and efforts to conceal it. Prosecutors said Edwards used money from wealthy donors to hide the mistress; Edwards' attorneys have said he didn't know it was being used to hide her.

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