No surprise, here:
LOS ANGELES May 27, 2005 — The former national finance director for Hillary Rodham Clinton's Senate campaign was acquitted Friday of lying to the government about a lavish 2000 Hollywood fundraising gala.
David Rosen was charged with two counts of making false statements to the Federal Election Commission about the cost of the star-studded gala, which attracted such celebrities as Cher, Melissa Ethridge, Toni Braxton, Diana Ross, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston.
The fundraiser took place at a tony, 112-acre private estate, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter Zeidenberg told jurors it cost $90,000 just to get the celebrities and their entourages there. Zeidenberg said organizers spent $35,000 more to provide attendees with souvenir director's chairs from the event and another $50,000 to produce CDs that were included in the gift bags.
Rosen testified that he mistakenly thought some in-kind contributions, including the Porsche he used while in Los Angeles to organize the event, were simply gifts.
"If I executed poor judgment in that decision, I made a mistake, but I certainly didn't intend to hide anything," he testified.
Rosen also said he was mainly involved in raising money for the event and left the actual organizing to others.
I'll say only two things about this.
These charges were doomed from the start and a waste of taxpayer money.
Second, ignorance of the law is no excuse, right?