(WASHINGTON) — Rachel “Bunny” Mellon, a wealthy southern heiress whose contributions to Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards became the focus of the federal charges against him, has died at the age of 103.
Mellon helped Jacqueline Kennedy redesign the Rose Garden, befriended John Edwards late in her life and in her 90s became Edwards’ primary benefactor as he ran for the Democratic presidential nomination.
When she was 101 years old, federal prosecutors alleged Edwards illegally used hundreds of thousands of what the press called “Bunny Money” to hide his affair with Rielle Hunter. Edwards was never convicted.
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John Newsome and Anne Woolsey, CNN