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California: Rosen admits bad judgment

AP reports: The former national finance director for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton testified Wednesday that he may have used bad judgment when he failed to report that a campaign donor paid his $10,000 Beverly Hills hotel bill and let him use a Porsche. But David Rosen said he never tried to hide anything.

Rosen is charged with making false statements to the Federal Election Commission, which oversees campaign contributions. The defense rested after he testified, and closing statements were expected to conclude Thursday.

Federal prosecutors allege Rosen deliberately lied to regulators by claiming that "in-kind" contributions for a lavish Hollywood fundraiser he helped organize totaled $401,000. They say Rosen knew the contributions were worth more than $1.1 million, but he claims he relied on other people to document the costs.

Prosecutors say Rose was trying to duck federal financing rules so Clinton's campaign would have more money to spend on her 2000 U.S. Senate race, but they have said the New York Democrat was unaware of any wrongdoing. -- Clinton Fundraiser Admits Bad Judgment