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." 
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." 
"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." 
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Articles & Commentary
- Jake Tapper, "Florida Dems: It's payback time," Salon, May 30, 2001: "Salon learns that the party plans an out-of-state fundraising campaign that targets Jeb Bush and his role in the recount."
- Lynn Sweet, "The Back Room," Chicago Sun-Times, September 19, 2002.
- Michael Cieply and James Bates, "Money, Politics and the Undoing of Stan Lee Media," Los Angeles Times, July 20, 2003: "A fund-raiser for Hillary Clinton triggered events that contributed to the Web firm's collapse. In the fallout, several may face prison terms."
- Larry Margasak, "US is said to intensify probe of senator's fund-raising. FBI claims proof of improper acts," Boston Globe, October 6, 2004.
- "U.S. Probes Clinton Senate Campaign," Associated Press, October 6, 2004.
- Press Release: "Hillary Clinton Finance Chairman Indicted With Help From Judicial Watch Client. Peter Paul’s Cooperation With Justice Department Leads To Charges Against Rosen," Judicial Watch, January 7, 2005.
- Lynn Sweet, "Hillary fund-raiser charged with faking reports," Chicago Sun-Times, January 8, 2005.
- "How Hillary's money man was nailed for L.A. gala. Judicial Watch client blew whistle on Rosen," WorldNewsDaily, January 8, 2005.
- "A federal grand jury ...," Capitol Eye, January 12, 2005.
- Raymond Hernandez and Ian Urbina, "Lesson of Clinton Fund-Raiser: Double-Check That Donor List, New York Times, February 9, 2005.
- Carl Limbacher, "Clinton Accuser Peter Paul Cleared to Testify," NewsMax.com, March 9, 2005.
- "Hillary Campaign Finance Director Indicted. Rosen charged with fudging numbers for 2000 Hollywood fundraiser," The Smoking Gun, April 7, 2005. Includes a photocopy of the 10-page June 2002 indictment.
- Michelle Malkin, "All the Clintons' Bagmen," michellemalkin.com, April 22, 2005.
- Gordon Russell and Martha Carr, "Reggie helps in case vs. Clinton aide: Source says calls taped as part of plea", The Times-Picayune, April 22, 2005.
- Deborah Orin, "Hill: My $$ Man 'Will Be Cleared' - (Hillary standing by Rosen? Don't count on it!)," New York Post, April 23, 2005.
- Michael Kranish, "Hillary Clinton aide reportedly taped. Kennedy in-law said to aid the FBI," Boston Globe, April 24, 2005.
- Dick Morris, "Hillary's Haunting Finance Scandal," FrontPageMag.com, April 26, 2005.
- Raymond Hernandez, "Anti-Clinton Group Joins With Former Clinton Donor", New York Times, May 3, 2005.