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Monday, April 25, 2005

Hillary Campaign Finances

Dick Morris is continuing his vendetta against Hillary in the New York Post. Interesting stuff though:

So if Rosen had owned up to the full cost of the fundraiser, the campaign would have had to cough up $800,000 of hard money at exactly the time that it needed the funds the most. Did Hillary know? Paul and Tonken say she did, and it seems obvious that she must have: Hillary followed every dime in her campaign, personally calling donors for most of it. How could she possibly not have known of a decision that saved her $800,000? But the person who knows if she knew is David Rosen. If found guilty, he faces a potential sentence of 15 years. If the feds threaten him with jail — and it's hard to see how they wouldn't —Rosen faces a choice: Tell the truth or go to prison.
I personally hate all campaign finance rules, except that all donations should be disclosed. I think that regulating how much a person can give a campaign is an unconscionable limitation of free speech. Nonetheless, we do expect our politicians to at least pretend to follow the rules. It will be interesting to see what happens with this. If Hillary knew, and I would bet she probably did, and Rosen decides to burn her it could end her Presidential hopes.


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