BY JOSH GERSTEIN - Staff Reporter of the Sun
May 9, 2005
With the trial of a key finance official on Senator Clinton's 2000 campaign set to open tomorrow, a secretly recorded audiotape at the core of the case could prove embarrassing to politicians, political operatives, and wealthy donors to the Democratic Party.
David Rosen, 40, faces three felony counts of causing the filing of false campaign finance reports in connection with a celebrity-studded fund-raiser and concert held in August 2000 at a radio executive's estate in the Brentwood hills above Los Angeles.
Prosecutors have asserted that the true cost of the gala was more than $1 million but that Mr. Rosen reported costs of just $400,000 as part of a scheme to increase the funds Mrs. Clinton had to spend on her Senate bid.
Mr. Rosen, now a Chicago-based political consultant, has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
As part of the investigation into the alleged under-reporting, the FBI asked a New Orleans political consultant and friend of Mr. Rosen, Raymond Reggie, to wear a wire and surreptitiously record the former Clinton aide.