The attorney for Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's former national finance director says his client never knew the total cost of a lavish 2000 Hollywood fundraiser.
In his opening statement at the federal trial of David Rosen, attorney Paul Sandler says the event's mounting expenses were hidden from Rosen by its organizers. Those expenses eventually totaled about $1.4 million.
But the first major witness for prosecutors, Jim Levin, testified that Rosen was aware of the ballooning budget. He said Rosen told him that costs "were spiraling out of control" and was worried he would be fired if the event failed.
Rosen has pleaded not-guilty to three counts of making false statements to the Federal Election Commission, which oversees campaign contributions.
Both defense and prosecution at the trial in Los Angeles say Senator Clinton didn't know about the alleged wrongdoing.