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David Rosen

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David F. Rosen, President and CEO of the The Competence Group/Chicago, Inc. in Chicago's Lincoln Park, raised "tens of millions of dollars for the Gore-Lieberman ticket, Hillary Clinton's Senate race and other prominent Democratic candidates." [1][2]

Hillary Clinton Election Campaign

The chief finance director for Hillary Clinton's 2004 election campaign for New York Senator, Rosen now "faces trial for causing false donation and expenditure reports to be filed with the Federal Election Commission in connection with a Clinton fund-raising gala at Hollywood in August 2000." [3]

Indictment

"A federal grand jury indicted David Rosen, a former chief fundraiser for Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.), on four counts of misleading the Federal Election Commission about the amount of money raised and spent during a Hollywood gala that topped $1 million in contributions for the senator’s 2000 campaign, the Los Angeles Times reported Jan. 8 (subscription required). The 10-page indictment includes an allegation that an unidentified contributor paid more than $1.1 million to produce the event, held Aug. 12, 2000—two days before the start of the Democratic National Convention in L.A.—in payments that should have been disclosed as direct or in-kind contributions. Rosen, who runs the Chicago-based consulting firm Competence Group, also worked on Gen. Wesley Clark’s failed 2004 presidential bid. No others, including Clinton, are named in the indictment. It is unclear whether Rosen’s motive was to circumvent federal campaign finance regulations that limit individual contributions, according to the Times report. The Federal Bureau of Investigation began looking into the event in 2001. Aaron Tonkin, who helped to organize the fundraiser, pleaded guilty in 2003 to fraud in connection with other charity events. Rosen, who has not been arrested, is scheduled to make his first appearance in Los Angeles federal court Jan. 24." [4]

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