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Posted: Thu Dec 07, 2006 5:28 pm Post subject: Clinton Fund-Raiser Pleads Guilty to Mail Fraud
A top fund-raiser for Hillary Clinton’s 2000 Senate campaign pleaded guilty on Wednesday to felony mail fraud charges in Chicago federal court.
James Levin was accused of defrauding the Chicago public school system. He admitted taking part in a scheme to convince school contracting officials that his fencing companies were subcontracting work to businesses owned by minorities or women, while Levin was in fact simply paying those companies for use of their names.
Levin – who has described himself as a "dear” friend of President Bill Clinton – was a key witness at the criminal trial last year of David Rosen, Hillary’s national finance director in 2000, who was charged with cooking the books for her campaign. Specifically, prosecutors said, he was linked to the submission of false campaign finance reports in connection with a star-studded fund-raising dinner and concert in Los Angeles in August 2000, the New York Sun reported.
Levin testified that Rosen knew the event went far over budget, but Rosen denied knowing about the cost overruns and was acquitted.
Levin served on the national finance committees for Hillary’s Senate campaign and Al Gore’s presidential bid in 2000, and raised eyebrows when it was revealed he had once owned a Chicago strip club. _________________ Freedom of speech is as much a responsibility as it is a right.
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