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Uncomfortable spotlight shone on Patti Blagojevich
Chicago Tribune ^ | December 14, 2008 | John Chase and David Kidwell

Posted on 12/17/2008 6:32:48 AM PST by COUNTrecount

Her real estate deals are under federal scrutiny, and her rants, now infamous, stand out on descriptions of recordings taken from Blagojevich family home

Even before her voice was heard on covert recordings made by federal investigators, First Lady Patricia Blagojevich was neck-deep in the federal probe of her husband and his administration.

Once a residential real estate broker on the North Side, Patricia Blagojevich left that career this year amid scrutiny from the Tribune and federal agents who have for a year been examining whether clients hired her to win favor from her husband's administration.

But her decision to change careers didn't seem to slow the investigation, which sped up in recent weeks after federal agents tapped the Blagojevich's phones and caught the first lady joining her husband on calls in which he talked about how his authority to pick President-elect Barack Obama's replacement in the U.S. Senate could be leveraged to help find her a seat on paid corporate boards.

Before that, though, federal agents—following years of news coverage—were probing hundreds of thousands of dollars in commissions Patricia Blagojevich earned in previous years as a real estate broker for political supporters, fundraisers and state contractors.

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


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: blago; blagojevich; chicagogangeters; obama; pottymouthpatti; rezko
Patricia Blagojevich had an eight-year working relationship with Antoin "Tony" Rezko, a onetime powerful developer and Blagojevich fundraiser who was found guilty this summer on influence-peddling charges.
1 posted on 12/17/2008 6:32:49 AM PST by COUNTrecount
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To: COUNTrecount

I’m glad these vermin are being exposed, but there is no joy in this for me. The reason is, I suspect that unethical even criminal activity is the norm for these people, the politicians. I don’t think it’s concentrated to D’s or R’s.

I know corruption has been around as long as man has walked the planet. It just seems as we hurtle toward third world status, the corruption is correspondingly increasing.


2 posted on 12/17/2008 6:36:53 AM PST by brownsfan (We are sooooo screwed.)
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To: COUNTrecount

Hey, whatz the beeg deal. Patti is just trying to make a career off her husband’s name and position. And where did she learn that technique ... maybe from Hillary Klingtong?


3 posted on 12/17/2008 6:40:22 AM PST by webschooner
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To: COUNTrecount

What a CRIME FAMILY.


4 posted on 12/17/2008 6:40:36 AM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion.....The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience)
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To: COUNTrecount

Patti F*****g Blagojevich was the real estate broker of record in the crooked Tony Rezko deal giving Barack Hussein Obama his Chicago mansion.


5 posted on 12/17/2008 6:42:09 AM PST by FormerACLUmember
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To: brownsfan
*** I’m glad these vermin are being exposed, but there is no joy in this for me. The reason is, I suspect that unethical even criminal activity is the norm for these people, the politicians. I don’t think it’s concentrated to D’s or R’s. ***

BINGO!
And you don't even line in IL, that's pretty impressive. That corruption that's not limited to "D’s or R’s" is called here in IL, 'The Combine'.

Go to the Chicago Trib link from Drudge and look for Columnist John Kass, then check his articles on 'The Combine'. (keep Blood Pressure meds at the ready)

6 posted on 12/17/2008 6:48:23 AM PST by Condor51 (The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits)
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To: COUNTrecount

Never, never ever trust a woman whose name is Patricia but who goes by “Patti” with an “i” on the end. The same goes for any other names such as Kathleen as “Kathi” or Elizabeth as “Betti”, particularly if they place a small heart over the downstroke to dot the “i”.


7 posted on 12/17/2008 6:53:30 AM PST by MIchaelTArchangel
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To: Ann Archy
*** "What a CRIME FAMILY." ***

WOW! You just made me have an epiphany.

Thanks to you I now realize why the Chicago Outfit (Mafia) is basically gone, a shell of its once powerful self...

They couldn't keep up with the Politicians!

Really, I'm 1/2 way 'series'. :-)
8 posted on 12/17/2008 6:55:07 AM PST by Condor51 (The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits)
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To: COUNTrecount

Guttersnipe

9 posted on 12/17/2008 6:55:46 AM PST by IbJensen (The fat lady has sung and it was awful. Coming up: Maya Angelou!)
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To: FormerACLUmember

If nothing else, the O is linked to the Blago scandal via THAT (sweetheart real estate deal with Gov.’s wife and already convicted real estate swindler).


10 posted on 12/17/2008 6:58:28 AM PST by rod1
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To: webschooner
Nah.... Ms. Schlossburg is going to show them all how it's done. After all, her daddy wrote the book.
11 posted on 12/17/2008 7:04:05 AM PST by SMARTY ("Stay together, pay the soldiers and forget everything else" Lucius Septimus Severus)
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To: FormerACLUmember

Well that’s an interesting tid bit right there,

PATTI BLAGOJEVICH was the real estate broker of record in the crooked TONY REZKO deal giving Barack Hussein Obama.

I know she worked for Rezko, but had now idea she was the broker for the Obama’s!


12 posted on 12/17/2008 7:09:29 AM PST by sunny48
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To: COUNTrecount
Gosh, what a trashy foul-mouthed little slut she is!
13 posted on 12/17/2008 7:16:41 AM PST by Niteranger68 (Barack Obama = Media Jesus)
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To: COUNTrecount

Cockroaches. Illinois is full of ‘em, especially the state government.


14 posted on 12/17/2008 7:18:35 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (Resist the Obamination)
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To: COUNTrecount; All

Great post/thread. Thanks to all. BTTT!


15 posted on 12/17/2008 7:20:54 AM PST by PGalt
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To: FormerACLUmember
Patti F*****g Blagojevich was the real estate broker of record in the crooked Tony Rezko deal giving Barack Hussein Obama his Chicago mansion.

IIRC, Obama got his house for well under the asking price. That means that Patti took a hit on her commission (maybe as high as $20k?).

Taking less money than is owed by Obama is also considered a bribe.

16 posted on 12/17/2008 7:22:58 AM PST by Cowboy Bob
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To: MIchaelTArchangel

Wow as weird as your post is I totally agree. It’s good to know I’m not the only one.


17 posted on 12/17/2008 7:23:12 AM PST by BruceysMom ("Where knowledge is folly...")
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To: COUNTrecount

Drip, drip, drip... I hope this goes on for many months.


18 posted on 12/17/2008 7:23:36 AM PST by Senator_Blutarski (No good deed goes unpunished.)
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To: COUNTrecount

Wait until the ChiTrib takes a look into her involvement with Barry’s seetheart real estate deal...


19 posted on 12/17/2008 7:24:08 AM PST by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: COUNTrecount

So many scandals, all involving the same small circle of inbred ChiTown Crime Families. DemoRat Family Values.


20 posted on 12/17/2008 7:25:08 AM PST by csvset
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To: Cowboy Bob
Taking less money than is owed by Obama is also considered a bribe

Usually the seller pays the commision, Obama was the buyer.

21 posted on 12/17/2008 7:33:24 AM PST by TheRightGuy (I want MY BAILOUT ... a billion or two should do!)
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To: webschooner
"Hey, whatz the beeg deal. Patti is just trying to make a career off her husband’s name and position. And where did she learn that technique ... maybe from Hillary Klingtong?"

You got it backward. Milorad B. made his political career by marrying her.

Her maiden name is "Mel." She's the daughter of Chicago Alderman Dick Mel, one of Hizzoner Daley's most powerful allies in the City Council.
22 posted on 12/17/2008 7:37:17 AM PST by shibumi (...so if it's organic, where are its organs?)
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To: IbJensen

She wins the Susan MacDougal Award


23 posted on 12/17/2008 7:37:59 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: FormerACLUmember
Patti F*****g Blagojevich was the real estate broker of record in the crooked Tony Rezko deal giving Barack Hussein Obama his Chicago mansion.

Great find! How come I haven't heard that factoid mentioned on CNNCBSNBCMSNBC?

I'd like to add to this post, but I've got a million crickets chirping in my office!

24 posted on 12/17/2008 7:38:50 AM PST by Night Hides Not (Don't blame me...I voted for Palin!)
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To: FormerACLUmember
Patti F*****g Blagojevich was the real estate broker of record in the crooked Tony Rezko deal giving Barack Hussein Obama his Chicago mansion.

Notice the prominent lack of mention of same in the article. 

25 posted on 12/17/2008 8:19:44 AM PST by zeugma (Will it be nukes or aliens? Time will tell.)
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To: Cowboy Bob
>> Patti F*****g Blagojevich was the real estate broker of record in the crooked Tony Rezko deal giving Barack Hussein Obama his Chicago mansion.

>>> Obama got his house for well under the asking price.

If so, Patti would have taken approx a sizable commission loss on the Obama’s 2005 real estate deal in getting the Obama’s house for $1.6M compared to $1.9M. There's surely more deals we don't know about yet.

THAT is probably part of the payback Gov Blago was trying to get back for his wife by getting her a cush federal job through Team Obama!

Now the connection back to Obama is starting to make even more sense now...


26 posted on 12/17/2008 8:24:58 AM PST by BP2 (I think, therefore I'm a conservative)
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To: FormerACLUmember
More on that:

Follow the Money: Auchi's money, Rezko's lot, Obama's house

An excerpt:

James Bone and Dominic Kennedy reported February 25, 2008, in the The Times (UK) that on May 23, 2005—just three weeks before Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and Rita Rezko, the wife of indicted political fixer Antoin "Tony" Rezko, closed on their same-day real estate deals on June 15, 2005—Fintrade Services SA, a Panamanian company related to Iraqi billionaire businessman Nadhmi Auchi, "lent" $3.5 million to Tony Rezko.

Bone and Kennedy wrote that their investigation "raises the question of whether funds from Nadhmi Auchi, one of Britain’s wealthiest men, helped Mr Obama buy his mock Georgian mansion in Chicago."


27 posted on 12/17/2008 8:51:18 AM PST by ravingnutter
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To: sunny48; rod1; Cowboy Bob; Senator_Blutarski; Army Air Corps; TheRightGuy; Night Hides Not; ...
Ping to more info at post #27. Seems Saddam's billionaire buddy Nadhmi Auchi was involved in the Obama real estate deal as well.
28 posted on 12/17/2008 9:02:55 AM PST by ravingnutter
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To: ravingnutter; Red Steel; wolfcreek; Calpernia; Fred Nerks; null and void; pissant; george76; ...
Ok, so Patti Blagojevich was the Broker for the Obama, that is, on the BUYER'S side...

Donna Schwan Jackson was the LISTING/SELLER agent for the Rezko/Obama land deal, and is listed on bottom of page 3 of THIS: 2005 Rezko/Obama Land Deal documents

This NEWS Article from the archive sheds some perspective on Donna Schwan Jackson: Rezko sought post for Obama's home-seller

Published: Feb. 22, 2008 at 5:19 PM

CHICAGO, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Indicted Illinois fundraiser Tony Rezko once sought a state post for the agent who sold a home to presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama, court records showed.

Court papers filed in Rezko's corruption case indicated he asked Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's administration to appoint Donna Schwan Jackson, a real estate agent, to the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Friday.

Jackson is included in a list of people Rezko and others tried to get appointed to state boards and commissions, Blagojevich administration records obtained by federal prosecutors showed. Jackson didn't get the appointment.

Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton said the revelation about Jackson doesn't change anything about the purchase of the senator's mansion on Chicago's South Side. Obama, D-Ill., was represented by a different real estate agent.

"The senator and Mrs. Obama negotiated a fair market price for their house," Burton said, "and this is as true today as it was at the time."

Rezko is scheduled to go on trial March 3 on charges he participated in a scheme to get kickbacks from companies seeking state pension business under Blagojevich.

Rezko was a major campaign fundraiser for Blagojevich and Obama.


BUT Donna Schwan Jackson is not showing up on the agent list on ARCHIVE.org for her brokerage at that time, Urban Search: Urban List Agent list ARCHIVE Feb 2005 -- no "Donna Schwan Jackson" listed

Wonder what's up with that???


29 posted on 12/17/2008 10:04:53 AM PST by BP2 (I think, therefore I'm a conservative)
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To: BP2
Rezko sought state job for Obama home seller's real estate agent

Barack Obama's jailed pal, Antoin "Tony" Rezko, has a lot of tentacles.

Here from Feb 08, courtey of UPI:

Indicted Illinois fundraiser Tony Rezko once sought a state post for the agent who sold a home to presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama, court records showed.

Court papers filed in Rezko's corruption case indicated he asked Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's administration to appoint Donna Schwan Jackson, a real estate agent, to the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Friday.

Jackson is included in a list of people Rezko and others tried to get appointed to state boards and commissions, Blagojevich administration records obtained by federal prosecutors showed. Jackson didn't get the appointment.

Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton said the revelation about Jackson doesn't change anything about the purchase of the senator's mansion on Chicago's South Side. Obama, D-Ill., was represented by a different real estate agent.

30 posted on 12/17/2008 10:11:40 AM PST by BP2 (I think, therefore I'm a conservative)
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To: BP2

Friday, February 22, 2008

RezkoTrialWatch: Rezko placed realtor on "clout list"

Tim Novak wrote February 22, 2008, at the Chicago Sun-Times that indicted political fixer Antoin "Tony" Rezko asked Gov. Rod Blagojevich to appoint real estate agent Donna Schwan Jackson to the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities, "according to the court papers" filed by Rezko's lawyers with the U.S. District Court on February 21, 2008.

Jackson, who represented the sellers, Frederic Wondisford and his wife, Sally Radovick, was the real estate agent who sold Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) his Kenwood manion and the adjacent side lot to Rita Rezko, Rezko's wife.

Jackson said she was unaware Rezko ever tried to get her the state appointment.

"They might have put my name down there because I'm a woman who takes in children with disabilities," Jackson said. "I sold Tony Rezko his first condo, when he moved to Hyde Park. I've known him for years and years. He's known about my work with disabled children.''

The Wondisfords hired Jackson's company, MetroPro Realty, to sell their mansion and the adjacent lot. Several people wanted to buy the lot without the house, but Jackson said the Wondisfords "insisted these two properties close on the same day." [snip]

Jackson, a longtime Democrat, was a political fund-raiser for former Gov. Dan Walker. Her husband served on the state lottery board under Republican Gov. James R. Thompson.


31 posted on 12/17/2008 10:17:14 AM PST by BP2 (I think, therefore I'm a conservative)
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To: shibumi

Thanks for that heads up — in that case, then surely Mrs. Blago is entitled to the position. She comes from a prominent local political family, and on top of that, she has had to put up with that hubby of hers, LOL.


32 posted on 12/17/2008 10:50:33 AM PST by webschooner
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To: COUNTrecount
a seat on paid corporate boards

Say didn't Hitlery have a number of those seats? It's kind of funny how many political relatives are on corporate boards.

33 posted on 12/17/2008 11:19:31 AM PST by fella (.He that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough." Pv.28:19')
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To: ravingnutter
Seems Saddam's billionaire buddy Nadhmi Auchi was involved in the Obama real estate deal as well.

So the Hussains kept it in the family?

34 posted on 12/17/2008 11:27:54 AM PST by fella (.He that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough." Pv.28:19')
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To: COUNTrecount
FTA:

Once a residential real estate broker on the North Side, Patricia Blagojevich left that career this year amid scrutiny from the Tribune and federal agents who have for a year been examining whether clients hired her to win favor from her husband's administration.

Gee, isn't that exactly what the University of Chicago Hospitals did when they promoted Michelle Obama to PR VP and raised her salary form $100,000 to a bit over $300,000, shortly after which event the UC Hospitals got a $1,000,000 earmark, courtesy of the Red Messiah?

35 posted on 12/17/2008 2:00:25 PM PST by libstripper
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To: ravingnutter

http://www.freerepublic.com/perl/post?id=2150174%2C27

CHeck out this post. Is he the guy?


36 posted on 12/17/2008 9:41:14 PM PST by hoosiermama (Berg is a liberal democrat. Keyes is a conservative. Obama is bringing us together already!)
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