Det kan ju vara värt att notera för svenska Obama fans om hans problem med tvivelaktiga kontakter med en lokal affärsman i Chicago. Personen i fråga är under federalt och lokalt åtal där han bland annat ska ha drivit slumbostäder med kan anta Obamas goda vilja.
Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton engaged in a heated exchange over
Obama’s work for a certain Rezko during Tuesday night’s
CNN/Congressional Black Caucus debate. An assessment of their
statements reveals that Barack Obama misrepresented the work he
performed for Rezko, who Hillary Clinton correctly characterized as a
“slum landlord” who is also one of Barack Obama’s
“contributors.” Clinton, however, neglected to
mention that Rezko is presently under federal indictment for fraudulent
schemes involving government officials and government funds.
Because this fact check is limited to statements uttered during the debate, it will not explore Rezko’s involvement in the questionable transaction whereby Obama purchased his Chicago mansion.
Statement: Hillary Clinton referred to Antoin “Tony” Rezko, a man under federal indictment, as Obama’s contributor.
Fact: Rezko is indeed one of Obama’s major contributors. I quote the Chicago Sun-Times:
During his 12 years in politics, Sen. Barack Obama has
received nearly three times more campaign cash from indicted
businessman Tony Rezko and his associates than he has publicly
acknowledged, the Chicago Sun-Times has found.
Obama has collected at least $168,308 from Rezko and his circle.
Obama also has taken in an unknown amount of money from people who
attended fund-raising events hosted by Rezko since the
Sources close to both Rezko and Obama, however, said Rezko raised money often for Obama….
The cocktail party Rezko hosted in 2003 came at a critical time for
Obama. He and Rezko timed it to help Obama show he had enough money to
compete in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate against millionaire
Blair Hull and state Comptroller Dan Hynes.
“This was discussed a lot. They wanted to have a good
showing,” said a source familiar with the fund-raiser, speaking
on condition of anonymity.
“Tony was one of the biggest fund-raisers.”
At the time of the party, the state was in the process of
foreclosing on a low-income apartment building Rezko’s company
rehabbed in Obama’s state Senate district — a rehab project
on which Obama’s law firm worked. Rezko had also abandoned many
other low-income apartments, leaving numerous vacant units in need of
Between 75 and 80 people attended Rezko’s cocktail party,
according to Burton, but he said the campaign has no list of the guests.
More than half a dozen people who were there said between 100 and
150 guests were treated to an open bar and food served by Jewell Events
Catering, run by renowned Chicago caterer George Jewell. Valets parked
cars for the guests, who each were asked to donate at least $1,000.
Rezko picked up the tab. The exact cost of the party has never been
disclosed to the Federal Election Commission, which allows hosts to pay
up to $2,000 for fund-raisers held in their homes and not report the
expense. If a party costs more than $2,000, the candidate must tell the
FEC about it.
Burton said, based on a conversation a former Obama staff member had
with Rezko, that the party didn’t cost more than $2,000.
Three days after the cocktail party, Obama got donations from several Rezko associates….
The Chicago Sun-Times also provides a list of all donations Obama received through Rezko’s bundling network.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Obama has returned only $80,350 of the $168,308 he received from Rezko and those tied to Rezko’s bundling network.
Also of note is the “unmentioned politician” in a 78
page document federal prosecutors filed in their case against Rezko.
The “unnamed politician” is Barack Obama, who
received $10,000 from $250,000 of sham finder’s fees
Rezko’s network filched from a firm that handled the Illinois
state teacher’s pension fund. I quote the Chicago Sun-Times: