A donor to John Edwards’s 2008 presidential campaign warned Barack Obama’s campaign against considering Edwards as a running mate because of the Rielle Hunter affair. Tim Toben, a developer in Chapel Hill, N.C., testified that he told the Obama campaign about the affair in June 2008, once Edwards told him that he was being considered as Obama’s running mate. Toben said that he felt Edwards’s affair would have “destroyed” the Democrats' chances at winning the election. Toben had helped Hunter disappear from North Carolina after the press had learned her identity. He claimed he did it as a “big favor” to Edwards.