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Former Clinton aide acquitted of fundraising fraud

[JURIST] The former national finance director of the Hillary Rodham Clinton [official website] Senate campaign, David Rosen, was acquitted Friday of two counts of making false statements to the Federal Election Commission. Prosecutors argued that Rosen lied to conceal the mounting costs of a 2000 fundraising event, disclosing only $400,000 in in-kind contributions, when the actual total was closer to $1.1 million. The fundraiser, which raised $91,000, was financed by Peter F. Paul [SEC press release on charges], a convicted felon who pleaded guilty in March to separate securities fraud charges and Aaron Tonken [DOJ press release on charges], who is serving a 63-month prison sentence for unrelated charges of defrauding charities. Prosecutors stated that the Clintons were unaware of any fraudulent activity. AP has more.

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