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Obama Grant Being Probed
Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 9-25-08 | CHRIS FUSCO AND DAVE MCKINNEY

Posted on 09/25/2008 12:42:04 PM PDT by proudpapa

A $100,000 state grant for a botanic garden in Englewood that then-state Sen. Barack Obama awarded in 2001 to a group headed by a onetime campaign volunteer is now under investigation by the Illinois attorney general amid new questions, prompted by Chicago Sun-Times reports, about whether the money might have been misspent.

The garden was never built. And now state records obtained by the Sun-Times show $65,000 of the grant money went to the wife of Kenny B. Smith, the Obama 2000 congressional campaign volunteer who heads the Chicago Better Housing Association, which was in charge of the project for the blighted South Side neighborhood.

(Excerpt) Read more at suntimes.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008; cultureofcorruption; democrats; democratscandals; donor; grant; kickback; obama; obamabiden; obamascandals; obamatruthfile; scandal
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Obama is great at spending OPM.
1 posted on 09/25/2008 12:42:06 PM PDT by proudpapa
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To: proudpapa

Obama is a lying, lazy, good-for-nothing, con artist. I don’t know of another way to put it.


2 posted on 09/25/2008 12:43:40 PM PDT by hsrazorback1 (To get what you had, do what you did.)
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To: proudpapa

GardenGate!


3 posted on 09/25/2008 12:44:50 PM PDT by MDformerDem
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To: proudpapa
Little by little, we are starting to see these small digs at Obama being reported in the MSM newspapers. Let Obama for once suffer the effect of a thousand paper cuts.
4 posted on 09/25/2008 12:45:24 PM PDT by CatOwner
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To: proudpapa

A botanical garden on the South Side? Probably a ganja farm.


5 posted on 09/25/2008 12:46:00 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: proudpapa

He’s The Magic Negro according to the LA Times


6 posted on 09/25/2008 12:46:14 PM PDT by Ancient Drive
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To: proudpapa

Wow, guess Bambi’s professional intimidators didn’t get to the Sun-Times in time to prevent this story from being published.


7 posted on 09/25/2008 12:47:07 PM PDT by scottinoc
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To: Tijeras_Slim

“A botanical garden on the South Side? Probably a ganja farm.”

Hey mon!


8 posted on 09/25/2008 12:47:39 PM PDT by Panzerlied ("We shall never surrender!")
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To: proudpapa

The affirmative action, jive talking crook gets the 1000th free cover-up from a corrupt media.


9 posted on 09/25/2008 12:48:58 PM PDT by FormerACLUmember (When the past no longer illuminates the future, the spirit walks in darkness.)
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To: proudpapa
"Obama Grant Being Probed"

Whew......there for a minute I thought it read "Obama Probe Being Granted"

10 posted on 09/25/2008 12:49:09 PM PDT by TexasNative2000 (Obviously, liberals can't handle a strong, independent woman.)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

“A botanical garden on the South Side? Probably a ganja farm.”

Nope....Maui Wowee.
Remember,he’s from Hawaii!! :)


11 posted on 09/25/2008 12:50:05 PM PDT by gimme1ibertee (Sarah...it's all up to you,girlfriend!)
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To: proudpapa

If you follow the money trail, I’d bet a dollar to a donut that the trail goes right back to Obama’s campaign thru “donations”....................


12 posted on 09/25/2008 12:50:06 PM PDT by Red Badger (I'm gonna use "Sarah!" from NOW ON since Hillary uses "Hillary!"......)
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To: MDformerDem

Obama has not much of a record doing any real work in his life, and in America, he has learned how to get money for free, even enough that the can hopefully pass around American money to the rest of the world “have nots”. Read his Senate bill #2433.


13 posted on 09/25/2008 12:51:48 PM PDT by tessalu
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To: proudpapa
Bill Cunningham, "A great American" of WLW radio in Cincinnati, OH says it best,

"At some point in the near future the media, the stooges from the New York Times, CBS (The Clinton Broadcasting System), NBC (The Nobody But Clinton Network), The All Bill Clinton Channel (ABC), and the Clinton News Network at some point is going to peel the bark off Barack Hussein Obama," said controversial conservative commentator Bill Cunningham, an Ohio native.

"That day will come and then you'll know the truth about his business dealings with Rezko, when he got sweetheart deals in Chicago," he added, "and the illegal loans that he received, at some point the media will quit taking sides on this and maybe start covering Barack Hussein Obama the same way they covered Bush, the same way they covered Cheney, and they same way they cover every Republican."

14 posted on 09/25/2008 12:52:25 PM PDT by Born In America (Affirmative action is no way to elect a President, now or ever....)
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To: proudpapa
Attorney General Lisa Madigan -- a Democrat who is supporting Obama's presidential bid -- is investigating "whether this charitable organization properly used its charitable assets, including the state funds it received," Cara Smith, Madigan's deputy chief of staff, said Wednesday.

Case closed.
15 posted on 09/25/2008 12:52:52 PM PDT by mmichaels1970 (Stand up for CHUCK!)
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To: TexasNative2000
The story thus far:
BO's buddy collects $100,000, courtesy of BO's generosity with government money. The buddy hires a Toby with a rented bobcat for $3,000 to clear the scrub trees and mow the grass.
What happened to the remaining $97,000 ?
16 posted on 09/25/2008 12:53:53 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: All

Barry, Barry,
Quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With Rezko’s house,
And Ayres the mouse,
And chatty Joe Biden in tow.


17 posted on 09/25/2008 12:54:12 PM PDT by BigEdLB (Let's get serious - there is only one choice - McCain/Palin 2008)
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To: proudpapa

Any money not spent cleaning up Englewood is wasted. A botanical garden in a sea of junk and trash is something only a liberal/liar/crook would propose. If any such thing were created the beasts preying on the area’s decent people would merely destroy it as they do anything of value or beauty.


18 posted on 09/25/2008 12:54:32 PM PDT by arrogantsob (Hero vs Zero)
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To: proudpapa

If that’s the “change” he’s talking about, we’re in deep dung.


19 posted on 09/25/2008 12:55:58 PM PDT by boycott
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To: tessalu
From SB2433:

the achievement of the Millennium Development Goal of reducing by one-half the proportion of people worldwide, between 1990 and 2015, who live on less than $1 per day.

He could start by helping out his brother -- out of his own pocket.
20 posted on 09/25/2008 12:56:06 PM PDT by MDformerDem
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To: proudpapa
This video is hilarious.
21 posted on 09/25/2008 12:56:39 PM PDT by street_lawyer (Truth is a defense and the best offense.)
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To: proudpapa

Looks like Obama stole $100,000 from the state and spread it around to his friends, with $65,000 going to his buddy’s wife.
How much was kicked back to Obama?


22 posted on 09/25/2008 12:59:52 PM PDT by San Jacinto
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To: MDformerDem

That was a good one, MD....and welcome to FR.


23 posted on 09/25/2008 1:01:04 PM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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To: Born In America
.....at some point the media will quit taking sides on this and maybe start covering Barack Hussein Obama the same way they covered Bush, the same way they covered Cheney, and they same way they cover every Republican.

Step away from the Magic Mushrooms!! You are hallucinating!

24 posted on 09/25/2008 1:03:12 PM PDT by San Jacinto
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To: mmichaels1970

So, in Alaska, we have two-bit, tin-horn Democrat hacks and Obama operatives investigating Sarah. And in Chicago, we have a two-bit, tin-horn Democrat hack and Obama operative “investigating” Obama. Something wrong with this picture.


25 posted on 09/25/2008 1:06:36 PM PDT by hampdenkid
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To: proudpapa

Barry! Barry! Barry!....What’s up with that?


26 posted on 09/25/2008 1:06:58 PM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: Red Badger

Badge, I’ll bet some FReeper knows how to find out if she donated money to zer0’s campaigns.


27 posted on 09/25/2008 1:07:00 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ("Don't touch that thing")
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To: proudpapa

Sounds like fraud to me...


28 posted on 09/25/2008 1:08:35 PM PDT by Interesting Times (Swiftboating, you say? Check out ToSetTheRecordStraight.com)
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To: CatOwner

Bill Clinton started the ball...maybe my prediction is right after all

(I predict the MSM will push for mccain in the end)


29 posted on 09/25/2008 1:08:46 PM PDT by ari-freedom (We never hide from history. We make history!)
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To: hsrazorback1
Obama is a lying, lazy, good-for-nothing, con artist. I don’t know of another way to put it.

What else do you expect of someone who was groomed in the cesspool that is Chicago politics. I have to wonder if there is such a thing as an honest Chicago politician.

30 posted on 09/25/2008 1:09:53 PM PDT by AlaskaErik (I served and protected my country for 31 years. Democrats spent that time trying to destroy it.)
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To: proudpapa

Obamagate in the making..........


31 posted on 09/25/2008 1:10:50 PM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

It’s easy. Just go to the FEC website. They list all reported donations by candidate and donors.......


32 posted on 09/25/2008 1:11:55 PM PDT by Red Badger (I'm gonna use "Sarah!" from NOW ON since Hillary uses "Hillary!"......)
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To: BigEdLB

Good one!


33 posted on 09/25/2008 1:13:12 PM PDT by livius
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To: proudpapa
This is the link to the original article. It should work when our system is back up

Barack Obama's $1.1 million botanical garden

Meanwhile, here's a link to Newsbuster's.

Barack Obama's $1.1 Million Botanical Garden -- Er, $100,000 Gazebo (Graphics Updated)

34 posted on 09/25/2008 1:17:18 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (In VP's, McCain picked the future, Obama chose the past.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

What’s a Toby?


35 posted on 09/25/2008 1:18:25 PM PDT by doodad
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Well, after they paid the consultant to tell the Toby where to clear, the union rep to make sure it was done in compliance with union guidelines, the landscape architect to draft the plans, the person to draw up the documents, creating the non-profit organization to run the site, they didn’t have any left over. Clearly they need another grant, because this program is underfunded.


36 posted on 09/25/2008 1:19:06 PM PDT by Hoffer Rand (There ARE two Americas: "God's children" and the tax payers)
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To: hsrazorback1
Obama is a lying, lazy, good-for-nothing, con artist. I don’t know of another way to put it.

He's also a crack-smoking homosexual.

37 posted on 09/25/2008 1:19:09 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: proudpapa
Truly, this Obama guy is amazing. How one man, with so little time in politics, could have become involved in so many scams, schemes, associations with questionable anti-Americans, pulled in so much money for himself, etc. Guess that is why he didn't accomplish anything of worth as a Senator. He was too busy being a con-artist and conniving or covering up his tracks. Or writing another book about how grand he is and his plans are. Oh, always beware of the person who can write about nothing other than himself.
38 posted on 09/25/2008 1:24:17 PM PDT by CitizenM ("An excuse is worse than an lie, because an excuse is a lie hidden." Pope John Paul, II)
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To: proudpapa
Smith wrote another $20,000 in grant-related checks to K.D. Contractors, a construction company that his wife, Karen D. Smith, created five months after work on the garden was supposed to have begun, records show. K.D. is no longer in business.

Sigh...Where have you gone Joe Dimaggio?
39 posted on 09/25/2008 1:29:36 PM PDT by mmichaels1970 (Stand up for CHUCK!)
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CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: "OBAMA GRANT BEING PROBED $100,000 DEAL/State to charity: What happened to garden money, other cash?" by Chris Fusco and Dave McKinney (September 25, 2008)

PAJAMAS MEDIA.com - blog: "THE FRENCH CONNECTION TO THE PALIN SMEARS" by John Rosenthal (September 25, 2008)

IBD EDITORIALS: "NO COAL FOR YOU!" by Investor's Business Daily (SNIPPET: "AMERICA'S ENERGY: Joe Biden wants to develop clean coal technology -- for the Chinese. As for the U.S., he wants the Saudi Arabia of coal to be the Bangladesh of energy.") (September 24, 2008, 4:20 pm PT)
NATIONAL REVIEW.com: "FOUNDING BROTHERS What's behind Obama's early rise?" by Stanley Kurtz (September 24, 2008, 6:30 am)

CNS NEWS.com: Washington - "OBAMA's RELIGIOUS ADVISER A NO-SHOW AT FAITH FORUM" by Penny Starr (September 24, 2008)

LIFE NEWS.com: "BARACK OBAMA's 'FREEDOM OF CHOICE ACT' WOULD MEAN 125K MORE ABORTIONS" by Matt Bowman (September 24, 2008)

HOT AIR.com - blog: "VIDEO: Michelle on astroturfing and the alleged Obama sockpuppet ad" (September 24, 2008)

Link

THE JAWA REPORT - blog: "WINNER & ASSOCIATES DENIES AXELROD TIES" (September 24, 2008)



[Post no. 16] - ARCHIVES - Topic: BIDEN & OBAMA (aka B & O) (September 23, 2008 -- Click Here.)

40 posted on 09/25/2008 1:35:24 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: doodad

Toby is a manual laborer.


41 posted on 09/25/2008 1:37:42 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: proudpapa
Obama Grant Being Probed

Huh-huh-huh... he said, "Probed"...


42 posted on 09/25/2008 1:47:58 PM PDT by Old Sarge (Went to sleep with Palin - woke up next to McCain...)
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To: proudpapa

Hey this might be the tiny crack in the wall that is needed to get the truth out about this creep. There is a comments section below the article. Let these writers,CHRIS FUSCO AND DAVE MCKINNEY, know what you think of the article. Maybe it might be the start of something bigger.


43 posted on 09/25/2008 1:49:15 PM PDT by curth (No More Smears - We're Fighting Back McCain/Palin '08)
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To: proudpapa

btt


44 posted on 09/25/2008 1:49:58 PM PDT by KSCITYBOY
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Thanks. I have never heard that.


45 posted on 09/25/2008 1:51:20 PM PDT by doodad
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To: proudpapa
ok, Barry. Where's the money?

what do you know and when did you know it?

46 posted on 09/25/2008 1:52:12 PM PDT by APRPEH (Fred, say it ain't so.......)
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To: milford421; DAVEY CROCKETT

Ping.


47 posted on 09/25/2008 1:58:42 PM PDT by nw_arizona_granny ( http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/1990507/posts?page=451 SURVIVAL, RECIPES, GARDENS, & INFO)
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To: CitizenM

Speaking of writing books like Obama does, there is a project in Chicago to get minorities to write books about themselves with the promise that it will get published. I wonder if Obama’s books are part of that project?


48 posted on 09/25/2008 1:59:12 PM PDT by MondoQueen
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To: hsrazorback1

YA THINK??????????


49 posted on 09/25/2008 2:00:29 PM PDT by peace with honor
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To: proudpapa

I’ll be sure to tune in to CNN and MSNBC when I get home tonight to get the latest updates on the investigation.


50 posted on 09/25/2008 2:06:51 PM PDT by comebacknewt
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