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Breaking ABC News-How Much Did an Accused Political Fixer Raise for Obama? (Clintons go nuclear!)
ABC ^ | 1-25-08 | Brian Ross

Posted on 01/25/2008 4:36:33 PM PST by tcrlaf

ABCNews.com Review Shows an Additional $100,000 in Rezko-Linked Contributions Not Returned by the Campaign

Months after reporters started asking Sen. Barack Obama to account for contributions raised by longtime friend and donor Antoin "Tony" Rezko, questions remain about the full extent of the accused Illinois political fixer's role as a patron of Obama's political career.

"We have returned any money that we know was associated to Mr. Rezko," Obama told Diane Sawyer on Wednesday morning during an appearance on "Good Morning America." "That is something that if there's additional information we don't know about, we'd be happy to return the money."

The Obama campaign says it has given away more than $85,000 in Rezko-linked contributions since Rezko was indicted on federal fraud and extortion charges in the fall of 2006.

An ABCNews.com review, however, has identified an additional $100,000 in contributions made to Obama from Rezko's associates that have not been returned, including $19,500 in contributions from Rezko's wife and employees of Rezko's business enterprises. The ABCNews.com review includes individuals who have been linked to Rezko in news reports, court documents and public records.

Other news organizations have reviewed Obama's campaign finance records and have also found Rezko-linked contributions that are more than double what the campaign has publicly acknowledged. The Chicago Sun-Times, which published its review last June, found that "Obama has collected at least $168,308 from Rezko and his circle," and earlier this week the Los Angeles Times reported that it had found that Rezko and his associates had given "Obama more than $200,000 in donations since 1995."


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: clinton; criminal; elections; obama; rezko
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To: BurbankKarl

“Brian Ross’ shoddy reporting? “

Brian Ross is such a smarmy little thing.


151 posted on 01/26/2008 8:52:09 PM PST by Scotswife
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To: Scotswife

I can’t believe people still believe that guy after his misreporting on Foleygate. There was never an underage intern, yet they never corrected their report.


152 posted on 01/26/2008 8:59:24 PM PST by BurbankKarl
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To: BurbankKarl

Whenever he does a story about a fallen republican he cannot hide that gleeful smile.


153 posted on 01/26/2008 9:00:56 PM PST by Scotswife
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To: NautiNurse

NN. Everytime the Clintons came to South Texas tons of people paid $1000 for their picture with the Clintons. I have seen so many until it us unreal. Mainly doctors and they weren’t crooks. I doubt the Clintons remember them.

One of the hospitals was constructed by Cantu, a big Clinton fund raiser. Many, many pictures were taken. Those pictures mean nothing.


154 posted on 01/26/2008 9:06:27 PM PST by texastoo ((((((USA)))))((((((, USA))))))((((((. USA))))))))
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To: NotJustAnotherPrettyFace

Good work.

Obama is certainly no angel. His hands are dirty.


155 posted on 01/26/2008 9:15:58 PM PST by texastoo ((((((USA)))))((((((, USA))))))((((((. USA))))))))
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To: texastoo
tons of people paid $1000 for their picture with the Clintons. I have seen so many until it us unreal. Mainly doctors and they weren’t crooks. I doubt the Clintons remember them.

The "slum lord" paid money to have that photo taken with the Clintons...Peter Paul, Norman Hsu, Johnny Chung, John Huang...

156 posted on 01/27/2008 3:52:34 AM PST by NautiNurse (Plants are people too)
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