For the first time, John Edwards’ former aide laid out the money trail he said is behind Edwards’ campaign finance charges.
Andrew Young never once looked at Edwards as he testified.
Edwards’ attorneys said he knew nothing about more than $700,000 from an elderly campaign donor that prosecutors said was misused to cover up his affair with Rielle Hunter and her pregnancy.
During testimony Tuesday, Young said Edwards first suggested using Young’s money, then other donors’, before settling on a donor named Rachel “Bunny” Mellon, who said she would do anything to help the campaign.
He said she agreed to donate $1.2 million over time and that Edwards “said to say this was for a non-campaign expense, something that would benefit him.”
Young told the court he began receiving checks from Mellon. He said Edwards instructed him to give Hunter an allowance of $5,000 a month.
Young said a house was rented, a car was purchased and a credit card attached to Edwards’ account was all given to Hunter.
Edwards faces six felony and misdemeanor charges. He faces up to 30 years in prison and almost $1.5 million in fines if he is convicted.