Are the Clinton’s in Hot Water…Again?

I think I finally understand why the right-wing politico’s try so hard to keep the Clinton’s in the news, they are built for drama. If it is not one thing it’s another and the “another” today involves some seriously shady campaign finance allegations that could land Hillary’s 2000 national finance chairman in jail for a few years.

Rosen has been indicted for deliberately reporting that the cost of an August 2000 Hollywood fund-raising gala was only $400,000 when the actual tab was $1.2 million – a step that let Mrs. Clinton spend $800,000 more in “hard money” for her campaign. (After Hillary and opponent Rick Lazio agreed to ban soft money, both camps were scrambling to maximize their hard money on hand).

Now I am fully aware that Dick Morris is not the most reputable source to hang the legitimacy of this story on but it does seem like it has serious legs. The real kicker though is not the source but the tapes of Rosen that seem to implicate the two other favorite punching bags of the Right, Bill Clinton and Ted Kennedy.

The New Orleans Times-Picayune has reported on a transcript of a Sept. 4, 2002, audiotape of a dinner between Rosen and Ted Kennedy in-law Raymond Reggie, who was wearing a wire.

On tape, the paper reported, Rosen “acknowledges that the gala probably cost far more to produce than he reported on federal campaign forms.” Rosen says of the fund-raiser, “We woulda never done it if the guy [Peter Paul] said he spent $2 million. So now he’s [Paul] saying he spent $2 million on an event that raised $1.4.” Rosen goes on to agree that “he may have” spent the $2 million.

Reggie, whose sister is Ted Kennedy’s wife, will get no more than five years in prison on bank-fraud convictions in return for cooperation and testimony at Rosen’s trial.

Morris gives us a little foreshadowing of what is yet to come with this little diddy:

On the tape, Rosen says he spoke to then-President Bill Clinton regularly – at least once a week – about the campaign fund-raising. What could the president have told him that the federal prosecutors would find interesting? We may find out.

Jesus, here we go again! Senator Clinton, if this is the way it is going to be again please, please do us all a favor and stick to being the senator from NY.

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