Fund-raiser helped shield Edwards’ paramour


A top Jewish Democratic fund-raiser helped shield the former mistress of John Edwards from public attention.

Fred Baron, a Texas trial lawyer who was top the fund-raiser for Edwards’ failed presidential bid, helped pay for Rielle Hunter to move from Edwards’ home state of North Carolina to a $3 million home in Santa Barbara, Calif., with her baby.

News accounts said Baron wanted to shield Hunter, who had worked for the Edwards campaign as a videographer, from tabloid attention.

Edwards, a former North Carolina senator who ran for vice president in 2004, confessed Friday to a brief affair in 2006, although he denied fathering the baby.

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