Edwards' Ally Explains $14,000 Payment To Mistress

In this Dec. 27, 2006 photo provided by the National Enquirer, former U.S. Sen. John Edwards, D-NC, is shown with videographer Rielle Hunter in the 9th Ward of New Orleans, La. On Friday, Aug. 8, 2008, Edwards admitted to having an affair with Hunter. (AP Photo/The National Enquirer)
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Washington (AP) -- An associate of John Edwards says the former presidential candidate's political action committee paid his mistress $14,000 after she stopped working for it.

The associate tells the Associated Press that the committee made the payment to obtain 100 hours of videotape she shot, but didn't use in producing short web movies. She already had been paid $100,000 for the programs.

The new explanation, which Edwards' advisers declined to discuss on the record, is the first effort to justify the mysterious payment in April 2007 to Rielle Hunter, which came months before Edwards' chief fundraiser quietly began sending money himself to the pregnant woman.

Edwards last week acknowledged he had an affair with Hunter.