Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Imagine for a second if one of the Republicans running for President helped one of their good buddies get taxpayer money, who then stole it. And the candidate did not just work with the scumbag - the candidate aided him and abetted him for years, and even dipped his wick into the pie and made tons of money from the graft and corruption. And lied to reporters when he said he did not work for the thief, even after letters showing how he helped the crook surface. What would be the media's reaction? SCANDAL! CORRUPTION! THIS WILL SINK THE REPUBLICANS!
So, where is the outrage/coverage/flies on shit when the asshole caught in the web of thievery is Democrat Barack "Banamarama" Obama? How long will the media cover up for this scumbag?
An Obama Patron and Friend Until an Indictment
Antoin Rezko, an entrepreneur of considerable charm who found riches in fast food and real estate, is known around Chicago as a collector of politicians.
Back in the 1990s, Mr. Rezko’s office was adorned with framed photos of candidates he viewed as up-and-comers. Among them was Barack Obama, a state legislator whose first campaign donations included $2,000 from Mr. Rezko’s companies. As Mr. Obama built a career that carried him to the Senate in 2004, Mr. Rezko was there with him, holding fund-raisers and rallying support.
Now, as Mr. Obama runs for president, the once-beneficial relationship with his old friend and patron has become problematic.
Last fall, Mr. Rezko was indicted on federal charges of business fraud and influence peddling involving the administration of Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich of Illinois, whose picture was also on Mr. Rezko’s wall. Since then, Mr. Obama, a Democrat, has had to answer questions about a land deal with Mr. Rezko’s wife, Rita, and about other ties to him.
Since early June, Mr. Obama has given to charity more than $21,000 in donations that his Senate campaign had received from Rezko associates now linked to the federal inquiries. He gave away $11,500 from Mr. Rezko himself last fall.
Mr. Obama says he never did any favors for Mr. Rezko, who raised about $150,000 for his campaigns over the years and was once one of the most powerful men in Illinois. There is no sign that Mr. Obama, who declined to be interviewed for this article, did anything improper.
Mr. Obama has portrayed Mr. Rezko as a one-time fund-raiser whom he had occasionally seen socially. But interviews with more than a dozen political and business associates suggest that the two men were closer than the senator has indicated.
Mr. Obama turned to Mr. Rezko for help at several important junctures. Records show that when Mr. Obama needed cash in the waning days of his losing 2000 Congressional campaign, Mr. Rezko rounded up thousands of dollars from business contacts. In 2003, Mr. Rezko helped Mr. Obama expand his fund-raising for the Senate primary by being host of a dinner at his Mediterranean-style home for 150 people, including some whose names have since come up in the influence scandal.
And where is this scandal to hit the Governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich? How come when George Ryan, the former Governor of Illinois, was quickly indicted and convicted of his corruption?
Who is protecting Obama? And why has not one Republican in the US Senate called for an investigation into Obama's ties to Rezko?