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California: hiding the costs of the Clinton fundraiser

AP reports: An event planner testified Wednesday that she was ordered by the former national finance director of Hillary Rodham Clinton's 2000 Senate campaign to obtain a fake invoice connected to a Hollywood fundraising gala.

Bretta Nock told jurors that ex-Clinton aide David Rosen told her to get a $200,000 invoice for the concert portion of the event when the actual costs were much higher.

Rosen, 38, is accused of lying to the Federal Election Commission about the true costs of the August 2000 gala that drew celebrities, including Cher, Diana Ross, Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston and Muhammad Ali. Prosecutors contend that Rosen deliberately caused campaign finance reports to be filed that claimed "in-kind" contributions of $400,000 for the Hollywood gala, when he knew that contributions exceeded $1.1 million.

Rosen has pleaded not guilty to three charges of filing false statements with the government. Each charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison, plus fines. -- Newsday.com: Planner says ex-Hillary Clinton aide hid costs of fundraiser