Send this to Tammy...
*** Heads up, days ago.
Obama donates more money from contributors linked to Rezko
January 20, 2008
‘’Recent public information has called into question contributions to the Obama campaign from a donor and fund-raiser,’’ Obama spokesman Bill Burton said. ‘’It is the policy and practice of the campaign to review all such new information and dispose of questionable funds such as the potential illegal ‘straw donations’ that campaigns, like other presidential campaigns this cycle, must address as new facts emerge.”
The decision to dispose of the money came after the Chicago Sun-Times reported on its Web site Saturday and in today’s early edition that Obama is the unnamed ‘’political candidate’’ mentioned in a prosecution document in the Rezko case as having received at least two tainted campaign contributions for his 2004 Senate race. Obama previously gave $44,000 in campaign contributions to charity.
The money his campaign said Saturday would be given away includes three $10,000 contributions from donors the campaign identified as having connections to Rezko: Michel Malek, Craig Morgan and Elie Maloof. Malek is a neurosurgeon who Rezko recommended for appointment to a state board involved with Rezko’s alleged wrongdoing.
AP, Chris Fusco
Sun-Times Exclusive: Obama surfaces in Rekzos federal corruption case (Guess who linked them? Fitzgerald)
—Other key revelations in the Sun-Times story are Obamas feeble attempts to deny knowledge of shady deals, improper campaign donations, and Rezkos reputation as a slumlord (all while Obama worked for the law firm that represented Rezkos interests in low-income housing developments):
Obama denies knowing Joseph Aramanda named as Individual D in the indictment, and who received $250,000 in sham finders fees demanded by Rezko but Obamas office hired Aramandas son as an intern in 2005, at Rezkos urging, reports the Sun-Times.
Rezko is one of Obamas earliest political patrons, and although Obama claims hes only received $60,000 from Rezkos fundraising, the Sun-Times found that [i]n 13 years in politics, Obama has gotten at least $168,000 in campaign donations from Rezko, his family and business associates.
Rezko is an infamous slumlord, although despite having worked on dozens of real estate deals that benefited his client Rezko Obama said he was unaware of problems with the buildings and minimized the legal work hed done. (So much for the little people.)
Others from the Sun Times:
Barack Obama and his slumlord patron
Why didnt City Hall stop him?
Obamas letters for Rezko
Rezko cash triple what Obama says
Obama: I didnt know about Rezko problems
Obama ducks the questions
City should have cut off Rezko: aldermen
“I’ve never done any favors for him.’’ - Obama
As a state senator, Barack Obama wrote letters to city and state officials supporting his political patron Tony Rezko’s successful bid to get more than $14 million from taxpayers to build apartments for senior citizens.
The deal included $855,000 in development fees for Rezko and his partner, Allison S. Davis, Obama’s former boss, according to records from the project, which was four blocks outside Obama’s state Senate district.
Obama’s letters, written nearly nine years ago, for the first time show the Democratic presidential hopeful did a political favor for Rezko — a longtime friend, campaign fund-raiser and client of the law firm where Obama worked — who was indicted last fall on federal charges that accuse him of demanding kickbacks from companies seeking state business under Gov. Blagojevich.
The letters appear to contradict a statement last December from Obama, who told the Chicago Tribune that, in all the years he’s known Rezko, “I’ve never done any favors for him.’’
But their company, Rezmar Corp., did come up with $1,000 to give to the political campaign fund of Barack Obama, the newly elected state senator whose district included the unheated building....
The building in Englewood was one of 30 Rezmar rehabbed in a series of troubled deals largely financed by taxpayers. Every project ran into financial difficulty. More than half went into foreclosure, a Chicago Sun-Times investigation has found.
“Their buildings were falling apart,’’ said a former city official. “They just didn’t pay attention to the condition of these buildings.’’
Eleven of Rezko’s buildings were in Obama’s state Senate district....
Rezko and Mahru had no construction experience when they created Rezmar in 1989 to rehabilitate apartments for the poor under the Daley administration. Between 1989 and 1998, Rezmar made deals to rehab 30 buildings, a total of 1,025 apartments. The last 15 buildings involved Davis Miner Barnhill & Galland during Obama’s time with the firm.
So, it appear Uh-bama wrote letters to help secure a multi-million dollar tax-payer funded contract for his buddy Tony who had little construction experience and would go on to oversee what the City of Chicago considered to be slums.
(this was where Obama’s letters came in)
Two decades ago, Antoin “Tony’’ Rezko was running a food company that peddled hot dogs on Chicago’s beaches. Daniel S. Mahru supplied the ice.
These businessmen had a brainstorm for a new venture — rehabbing rundown buildings for poor black families.
Rezko and Mahru had no construction experience. Yet City Hall gave their new company, Rezmar Corp., a $629,000 loan to help fix up an abandoned apartment building at 46th and Drexel.
(Obama denies knowing Joseph Aramanda named as Individual D in the indictment, and who received $250,000 in sham finders fees demanded by Rezko but Obamas office hired Aramandas son as an intern in 2005, at Rezkos urging, reports the Sun-Times.)
—Eleven Rezmar buildings were in the state Senate district Obama represented between 1996 and 2004. Many of the buildings ended up in foreclosure, with tenants living in squalid conditions, the Sun-Times reported last year. In one instance, Rezkos company left tenants without heat for five weeks. Obama said he was unaware of problems with the buildings and minimized the legal work hed done.
OT: Do you remember seeing this?
Hsu Steered Major Fundraiser to Obama
Campaign Acknowledges Link to Democratic Donor Who Is Now Under Arrest
(re: above. Make sure you see where Gorenberg /who Hsu introduced to O/ is working now)
Have some of my disjointed links from a while back... oh, I have more as well:
Hill isn’t the only one with a lockbox... read it... is it me?
Obama didnt keep senate records (Nov. 14, 2007)
I have to find two letters by Obama (poof), written on behalf of Rezkos security co. re: the Iraq contract.
Dont be duped by Obama didnt help, read the whole thing.
Note: Since this has disappeared and I found the cache, I have no idea how to get the other two pages.
Found. Also after the Levine post below, (its connected and will come in handy later, trust me). This is money, dont forget the underlined part.
Im an American, I CAN (read the first post, then the second):
Stroger gets campaign fine
April 11, 2007
By Steve Patterson Special to the Daily Southtown
State officials want to slap more than $250,000 in fines on Cook County Board President Todd Strogers campaign committee for failing to properly report contributions.
Election officials say it is one of the biggest penalties they have leveled and it comes after months of complaints about problems with other Stroger-related campaign accounts. Was he using Seaway bank here too?
But Stroger attorney Burt Odelson says its all due to clerical errors.
Weve had auditors go through all the reports and theyve straightened everything out, he said.
Campaign finance fines are regularly negotiated down and first-time violators such as Stroger never face more than 10 percent of the fine initially recommended. The State Board of Elections found 78 contributions to Stroger before the November election that his campaign still has not reported.
With that many, youre not looking at a mistake; its willful disregard for the law, said Cindi Canary of the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform.
Stroger has failed to report $255,816 in donations, the exact amount hes being fined, records show.
Tom Dart and Dick Devine take their shots at Todd as well
-Stroger also took a verbal swing at Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who criticized some of Strogers budget cuts, saying its easy for Jackson to throw stones without understanding reasons for cuts.
Stroger has been ridiculed by unions.
He was booed by Democrats at a rally for Sen. Barack Obama, and he concedes that hes bothered by some criticism.
*All in one, except the Iraq contract above
This goes with the Levine story above:
Obama Says He Regrets Land Deal with Fundraiser
Obamas Rezko ties deeper than land deal
December 23, 2006
Anyone who did business with Stuart Levine should be really nervous, especially since he had been doing a lot of talking
Rezkos $50 mil. Iraq deal
IRAQ CONTRACT | Govs staff offered to let firm train 150 power-plant guards in western Illinois, but now plans in limbo
Obama Passes on Donations: Campaign Gifts Came From Pair Linked to Indicted Insider Rezko (fourth time btw)
By Ray Gibson and David Jackson, Chicago Tribune
Jun. 8U.S. Sen. Barack Obama is giving charities some $16,500 in campaign donations from two Chicago businessmen who had financial ties to indicted dealmaker Antoin Tony Rezko.
A spokesman for Obamas presidential campaign on Thursday offered no details about Obamas relationship with the two contributors.
But the announcement puts an unwanted spotlight on the two local businessmen and underscores Obamas efforts to distance himself from Rezko, a former friend and fundraiser who has become a public relations problem for Obamas presidential campaign. Rezko has pleaded not guilty to federal influence peddling and bank fraud charges.
This marks the fourth time that Obamas campaign has shed contributions made by Rezko and associates to Obamas House and Senate campaigns. Those contributions totaled more than $33,000.
Last week, the Obama campaign gave charities $5,000 in donations from another Rezko associate shortly after the man was indicted. Ali Ata, the former executive director of the Illinois Finance Authority, was indicted last week for allegedly using an agency letterhead to provide false information in an effort to secure more than $10 million in loans for Rezko-related business ventures. He pleaded not guilty Wednesday.
The two contributors whose money is being turned away from the Obama campaign have not been charged with any crimes, but both businessmen have been linked to Rezko deals that are the subject of federal indictments. The campaign announced the actions following inquiries by the Tribune about the contributions.
Federal prosecutors describe both men without identifying them by name in court papers outlining charges against Rezko. The Tribune confirmed their identities through sources familiar with the ongoing federal corruption probe. Civil suits over the same transactions also identify them by name. Both are well-known business leaders.
One is Glenview entrepreneur Joseph Aramanda (note: remember this name), who gave at least $10,000 to Obamas 2004 campaign and has overseen Rezko pizza franchises.
The other is Dr. Paul Ray, chairman of the urology division of Cook Countys Stroger Hospital, who gave $6,500 to Obama. Ray has invested in a Rezko real estate development firm and also engaged in 2004 deals to purchase pizza parlors in Wisconsin that were formerly owned by a Rezko firm.
Both men declined to comment through their attorneys.
Obama spokesman Bill Burton said the campaign was unclear on how the contributions from Aramanda and Ray came about. Rezko solicited donations for Obama and was one of 85 members of Obamas 2004 campaign finance committee.
Obama last year gave charities $11,500 to clear his campaign fund of donations that had come directly from Rezko. Obama has denied ever using his government clout to do any favors for Rezko.
Aramanda and Ray were among numerous investors in Rezko land and fast-food ventures and guests at the political fundraisers Rezko hosted.
Aramanda once served as chief operating officer of a Rezko company, according to court records and business filings.
Wisconsin federal court records show Aramanda has agreed to a nearly $7 million judgment against him for failing to repay loans in connection with his Wisconsin pizza operations. His attorney, Terence Gillespie, declined to comment.
In December, the Tribune reported that Obama hired Aramandas son as a 2005 summer intern in Obamas Capitol Hill office after Rezko recommended the intern. But it wasnt until this week that the campaign decided to give that money to charity.
Aramanda has been publicly identified as Individual D in the pension fraud case against Rezko. He allegedly worked with Rezko to fraudulently obtain $250,000 in consulting fees on a state pension deal, but has not been charged with any crime.
Ray, who earns nearly $347,000 as chairman of Stroger Hospitals urology division, also has partnered with Rezko in several ventures.
One civil lawsuit over Rezkos companies contains corporate documents that say Ray personally invested about $1 million in Rezko Enterprises LLC, giving Ray a 2.6 percent stake in that property development firm.
And Ray heads a tax-exempt nonprofit called Urology Education and Research Foundation Inc. that has invested $600,000 in Rezko real estate and business enterprises, according to the charitys 2004 public tax filings. The foundation took donations from pharmaceutical companies to study the efficacy and safety of drugs. Thomas Anthony Durkin, a criminal defense attorney who represents Ray, declined to comment on any pending court cases but said. I am quite confident that Paul Ray has done nothing wrong whatsoever.
Records and interviews show that Ray is the unidentified Investor 1 in court filings last week that allege Rezko engaged in a scheme to defraud a lending company of more than $10 million. Prosecutors allege that Investor 1 entered into a 2004 purchase of 15 Wisconsin pizza parlors that were formerly owned by a Rezko firm. In an effort to obtain financing for that purchase, Ata wrote a letter to a lending company saying the state would guarantee a portion of a loan, according to the indictment.
Ray is not named as an unindicted co-conspirator in Rezkos alleged schemes and has not been charged with any crime.
Ray separately faces a pending civil lawsuit over his alleged failure to repay a $647,000 debt stemming from those Wisconsin pizza deals. Ray has denied wrongdoing in that Cook County civil lawsuit.
Randall Samborn of the U.S. attorneys office in Chicago declined to comment on whether Ray played any role in deals leading to the most recent indictment of Rezko and Ata.
Now youre ready for this (btw, the intern O hired after the donation was Joseph Aramandas son):
Individual D identified:
(I gave you the whole articles up higher)
Joseph Aramanda - $10500 in Political Contributions for 2004
Intern in Obamas office linked to indicted fundraiser - USATODAY.com
Better yet, our thread:
BTW, youll see another name from Individual D identified
This is one of a hundred plus disappeared Sun Times (as well as others) columns that im attempting to find.
We have a thread, but obviously a dead Sun Times link cant get you anywhere.
The Thinker sticks to the point:
Obamas little problem with the truth
(Will send you a stack on the slamlord Rezko was as well as Obamas involvement on the contracts). Until then, have some video:
(Um, no knowledge... even with the feds on him a couple years, 20 year friendship, property together? Yep I believe)
No need to look, here (pdf. left sidebar):
Obamas letters for Rezko
More, you deserve it:
*Obama and his Rezko ties
DAY ONE OF TWO
*Broken promises, broken homes
DAY TWO OF TWO
^^^Little side things you should know (youll see his name a lot, like the story up further):
A headline Barack Obama doesnt want to see....
Iraqi with ties to Rezko escapes Baghdad jail
UPDATED! More problems for Obama: Senator hired intern with ties to Tony Rezko
More Obama and Rezko
(remember Stroger, its important)
Obama watch: More Tony Rezko
(pay close attention to the bottom statement by Obama, then remember in his book he said hes known him for 17 years back then and 20 re: Real estate deal, its not the first time hes said this... also when he took money from him after indictment)
Speaking of that, read the third from the last paragraph
Obama: I dont recall re: Rezko RE deal
(note: again, he does no favors for Rezko re: statement)
My working assumption was that as long as I operated in an open, up-front fashion, and all the Ts were crossed and Is were dotted, that it wouldnt be an issue, Obama said. If it was a neighbor I didnt know at all, would I have behaved any differently? I felt like the answer was no.
Obama added: Tony has been a supporter of mine since my first race for state Senate.
And he said: I havent been involved with him in any legislative work whatsoever or any government activities of any sort.
-Now that we have that out of the way...
UPDATED! More problems for Obama: Senator hired intern with ties to Tony Rezko
John Kass on Obama mania and the Daleys
Top recipients of Rezko campaign cash - Stroger, Blagojevich, Daley, Obama, Lisa Madigan, Michael Madigan, Quinn, Preckwinkle, Gutierrez, Schmidt, Jesse White, Hynes, Troutman, Meeks, and Edgar
(btw, Gutierrez also did a RE deal with Rez)
Antoin Tony Rezko, his family, his businesses and business associates have donated thousands of dollars to politicians since 1989, when he began getting tax dollars to build housing for the poor in Chicago. Rezko has also been a prolific campaign fund-raiser for politicians. These are some of the politicians whove benefitted most from Rezkos political fund-raising (more at www.suntimes.com):
1. John Stroger, ex-Cook County Board president $148,300 A Rezko company had a contract to maintain pay telephones at the Cook County Jail under Stroger. Also, Rezko has had business ties with Stroger family members and friends.
2. Gov. Blagojevich $117,652 Rezko has been a longtime supporter and top fund-raiser for Blagojevich, having raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for his campaigns. As governor, Blagojevich gave jobs and state appointments to Rezko friends. Rezko has been indicted on federal charges that accuse him of demanding kickbacks from companies seeking state business under Blagojevich.
3. Mayor Daley $55,950 Soon after Daley became mayor 18 years ago, Rezkos company, Rezmar Corp., got into the low-income housing business with the city. Rezmar ended up getting more than $25 million from the Daley administration to rehab buildings for affordable housing.
4. Sen. Barack Obama $54,416 Rezko has been friends with Obama for 17 years. As a lawyer at a small Chicago law firm, Obama worked on low-income housing deals involving Rezkos company. Rezko has been Obamas political patron since he ran for the Illinois Senate a dozen years ago. Obama has apologized for buying a piece of property from Rezkos wife last year to expand his yard.
5. Illinois Atty. Gen. Lisa Madigan $43,000
6. Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan $35,500 Madigan got those donations between 1998 and 2000 ancient history, according to a Madigan spokesman.
7. Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn $32,000 As state treasurer, Quinn appointed Rezko to serve on a state housing task force.
8. Ald. Toni Preckwinkle (4th) $31,375 Rezko was the longtime head of Preckwinkles campaign-finance committee. Six of Rezkos troubled housing projects were in Preckwinkles ward.
9. Rep. Luis Gutierrez $27,250 Friends for more than 20 years. Gutierrez was working for then-Mayor Harold Washington when he met Rezko, at the time a top official with a company that had a Chicago Park District concession contract. As alderman, Gutierrez chaired the Chicago City Council Housing Committee that gave Rezko city property to redevelop into affordable housing. Four years ago, Gutierrez paid the lowest price for a riverfront town house in a Rezko development. The congressman sold it last year for a 40 percent profit.
10. John Schmidt $25,000 Mayor Daleys former chief of staff, who ran losing campaigns for attorney general and governor.
11. Secretary of State Jesse White $23,848
12. Illinois Comptroller Dan Hynes $22,500
13. Ald. Arenda Troutman (20th) $20,750 Most of Rezkos low-income buildings were in her ward. Rezkos contractor and his architect also rehabbed a building owned by Troutmans late father, Benjamin Troutman.
14. State Sen. James Meeks $20,000
15. Former Gov. Jim Edgar $18,804 Rezko was very helpful raising money when Edgar was first elected governor in 1990, according to one of Edgars top fund-raisers. While Edgar was governor, Rezkos company got $9.7 million in state loans to fix up apartments in Chicago.
Have a look at this fundraising report from 2006, see anyone familiar?
Because I like you, scroll down this wonderful site(cough), post to the two Obama questionnaires.
(important tidbits on whether O represented them re: legal firm, other stuff)
BTW, keep this in mind as well (since his church loves Farrakhan), re: mall bomber suspect
Whats the blank look... didnt remember or didnt know?
Chicago Tribune buries story on mall bombing plot on page 17
***Excerpts from the federal affidavit on the Rockford terror suspect
Be back with something more on the Iraq
contract. Im sure everyone knows about Odingo already... but maybe ill include those docs and background as well (especially the frequent contact lately).
Heres a bio (pic included) page on Obama sent to me:
-— Obama flipped the script on them real slick (re: pic of Hill and Rezko, they both use the same campaign folks, donors, etc.) ... there are loads of questions to be asked... that will never be.
People should wake up.
Wow - great collection to go after Obama with if he becomes the nominee.
Any of the Dem potential Nominees will destroy this country if they become President.
How do we know? Because EVERY Dem in power ANYWHERE in this country has destroyed (in some way) the states/cities / Congress - Senate / where they have had power.
It’s happening locally here - Dem controlled city council - and next door - Dem mayor. Then our State (NC) - controlled by Dems in Exec branch and in Legislature....taxing us to the hilt, robbing our roads fund, now ready to put in toll roads.....while our horrible roads continue to deteriorate ....just one small example of how EVERY locale is destroyed, in one way or another, when Dems are in power. It follows as night follows day. They remain in power ONLY because they PAY OFF their heavy donors handsomely and certain populations continue to vote Democrat because the MSM ignores the destruction and/or because “they have always voted Democrat”.
That is what will eventually destroy this country.