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  • Rezko Buddy Plans Iraqi Parliament Run (Chicago Way travels)

    12/13/2009 9:22:17 PM PST · by STARWISE · 5 replies · 440+ views
    NBC Chicago ^ | 12-13-09 | Steve Bryant
    How do you say "corruption" in Arabic? A college pal of Tony Rezko who was accused of embezzlement, jailed in Iraq's Green Zone, and then escaped from prison and fled to Jordan is now running for a seat in Iraq's parliament, reports USA Today. Aiham Alsammarae, a dual U.S.-Iraqi citizen who attended the Illinois Institute of Technology with Rezko -- and who helped raise part of Rezko's $8.5 million bail -- was appointed to run the electricity ministry in 2003 after Saddam Hussein's ouster. During his tenure, a Rezko-owned company won a $50 million contract from Alsammarae's ministry. The deal...
  • Thanks to Team Obama's Reckless 'Felon' Accusations, Tony Rezko Issue NOW IN PLAY

    07/15/2012 12:01:41 PM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 23 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | July 15, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    How 'bout a little refresher re. Obama political Godfather  and actual (16-count!) convicted felon Tony Rezko...? The Syrian-born Rezko is an infamous Chicago slumlord, fast-food restauranteur, and sleazy political operator who played a key role in the Blagojevich case- as well as the unlikley ascension to power of Barrack Hussein Obama.Obama's longtime ally, friend, and top fundraiser was found guilty of 16/24 counts of felony influence peddling back in June 2008. Of course the story was mostly buried/detached from his bud Barry in the run-up to that year's most unfortunate (for us) presidential election whilst the jury convicted Rezko of wire...
  • Obama’s Friends Form Strategy to Stay Close

    11/09/2011 8:39:07 AM PST · by george76 · 3 replies
    ny times ^ | December 13, 2008 | JODI KANTOR
    Barack Obama’s three closest friends — Valerie Jarrett, Martin Nesbitt and Dr. Eric Whitaker — sat down in the study of Mr. Nesbitt’s house in Chicago for one of their increasingly frequent heart-to-hearts. ... In the presidential campaign, the Obamas had a “no new friends” rule, surrounding themselves with a coterie of familiar faces. Even if the Obamas lift that rule in Washington, newcomers are unlikely to replicate the intensity of this group’s ties, formed over more than a decade ... They vacationed together: in December, with the Obamas in Hawaii; in August, with Ms. Jarrett on Martha’s Vineyard. Mr....
  • Corruption sentencing delayed for Rezko, fundraiser for Blagojevich

    10/03/2011 10:06:03 AM PDT · by glorgau · 33 replies · 3+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 9:37 a.m. CDT, October 3, 2011 | Annie Sweeney
    A judge has delayed sentencing for Antoin “Tony” Rezko, a top fundraiser and adviser to disgraced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Rezko, convicted on corruption charges, was scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 21. But prosecutors asked U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve to move the sentencing because another corruption trial connected to the Blagojevich administration starts this week – and includes allegations of an extortion plot involving Rezko. Prosecutors most directly involved in the Rezko sentencing are also handling the prosecution of William Cellini, a Springfield powerbroker whose trial on charges including attempted extortion and fraud starts this morning. In...
  • Why do 3 supporters own Obama home?

    04/20/2011 7:03:10 PM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 132 replies · 1+ views
    WorldNet Daily ^ | April 20, 2011 | Jerome R. Corsi
    This, the first of a series of articles on the Obama home at 5046 S. Greenwood, establishes that three individuals other than Obama are listed in public records as owners and taxpayers on the property. Barack Obama is not among at least three people listed as current owners and taxpayers of the mansion his family calls home in Chicago's upscale Kenwood neighborhood, according to public records. WND reported in December 2008 that William Miceli, the attorney for convicted political operative Tony Rezko and a fundraiser for Obama, owns the Obama home at 5046 S. Greenwood.
  • Obama's Chilling Crew--The legal harassment of those investigating Tony Rezko.

    04/28/2009 5:42:30 AM PDT · by SJackson · 23 replies · 1,672+ views
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | 4-28-09 | Andrew Walden
    Obama's Chilling Crew   By Andrew WaldenFrontPageMagazine.com | Tuesday, April 28, 2009 Why is there so little media investigation of the financing behind Barack Obama’s early political sponsor—and now convicted felon—Tony Rezko?      The dual US-Syrian citizen Rezko--who assisted Obama in the purchase of his Chicago mansion--was heavily funded by loans from Iraqi-British ex-Baathist billionaire Nadhmi Auchi.  According to testimony at Rezko’s trial, Obama met Auchi at an April 3, 2004 event at Rezko’s home during Obama’s 2004 US Senate campaign.  The Times of London reports discovering, “state documents in Illinois recording that Fintrade Services, a Panamanian company, lent...
  • Convicted Rezko partner cooperated with feds (More of the Chicago way)

    03/09/2011 10:23:05 AM PST · by Islander7 · 7 replies
    Souht Town Star ^ | March 8, 2011 | Natasha Korecki
    A onetime Tony Rezko business partner, who once was a Chicago cop and chief executive of a company that won a $50 million security contract in Iraq, has pleaded guilty to federal charges in Chicago after he cooperated with authorities. Daniel T. Frawley pleaded guilty on Feb. 14 to bank fraud and structuring transactions — a plea that came about two weeks after his charges were made public.
  • Nadhmi Auchi and the New Statesman

    10/13/2008 2:05:07 PM PDT · by Danae · 15 replies · 1,112+ views
    The New Statesman ^ | 10-6-2008 | Martin Bright
    The brilliant people at Wikileaks have produced a very useful collection of articles about stories removed from media websites following legal threats from an Iraqi billionaire The British-based Iraqi billionaire Nadhmi Auchi has become a highly controversial figure in the United States after being linked to Chicago-based businessman Tony Rezko - the weak link in the Obama campaign. The freedom of information site Wikileaks has now published some fascinating material about Auchi's attempts to stop people writing about him. Auchi was convicted of fraud by the French courts in 2003 for his involvement in illegal payments surrounding a deal he...
  • Debunking the Carter Ruck defence of British-Iraqi billionaire Nadhmi Auchi ( + REZKO et al)

    07/01/2009 11:09:45 AM PDT · by 1066AD · 5 replies · 346+ views
    Hawaii Free Press / WikiLeaks ^ | 5/29/2008 | Andrew Walden
    May 29, 2008 By Andrew Walden (Hawai'i Free Press) Nadhmi Auchi, seen here with the Governor of Illinois, Rob Blagojevich (middle) at a 2004 Chicago dinner in Auchi's honor arranged by Antonin Rezko (potentially, right)[1]. All three men have been convicted of corruption related charges (Auchi 2003, Rezko 2008, Blagojevich 2009).[2] “A British-Iraqi billionaire lent millions of dollars to Barack Obama's fundraiser (dual US-Syrian citizen Tony Rezko) just weeks before an imprudent land deal that has returned to haunt the presidential contender, an investigation by The Times discloses. The money transfer raises the question of whether funds from Nadhmi Auchi,...
  • Rezko asked for $10,000 check to Obama campaign: witness

    06/16/2010 5:10:01 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 27 replies · 1,503+ views
    Sun Times ^ | 6-16-10 | Natasha Korecki, Sarah Ostman
    The name of President Obama came into play this afternoon at the political corruption trial of former governor Rod Blagojevich as an associate of political fund-raiser Tony Rezko testified that Rezko asked him to write a $10,000 check to Friends of Obama. The Chicago Sun-Times reported in January 2008 that Glenview businessman Joseph Aramanda, who is testifying today, made the donation as part of a scheme orchestrated by Rezko. Aramanda gave $10,000 in campaign cash to Obama’s U.S. Senate campaign on March 5, 2004, according to records. The money came from part of a finder’s fee Aramanda received, but did...
  • Mediaite Exclusive: Censored Portions of Blago Subpoena May Implicate Team Obama

    04/22/2010 1:14:12 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 100 replies · 5,128+ views
    Mediaite ^ | 04/22/2010 | Frances Martel
    Today in United States v. Rod Blagojevich: following up on his 2008 claims that then-Senator Barack Obama was one of a few people who could testify to his innocence, his defense team issued a motion today to subpoena the President to testify in court. Most of the juiciest bits involving Obama’s role in choosing a new Senator are blacked out, or so we thought. It turns a lucky PDF glitch gave us VIP access. Who wouldn’t want to see the blacked out part? Let’s investigate! Most of the non-blacked out portions of the motion are predictably tame general knowledge: the...
  • Where in the world is Tony Rezko?

    04/23/2010 12:49:05 PM PDT · by mojito · 27 replies · 1,062+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 4/20/2010 | Barbara Hollingsworth
    Why is Antoin “Tony” Rezko under lock and key at an undisclosed location, like some sort of CIA-renditioned al Qaeda operative? And why hasn’t he been sentenced yet? As the June 3 corruption trial of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich for allegedly trying to sell Obama’s former Illinois Senate seat approaches, the whereabouts of the former Blago and Obama fundraiser is literally a state secret. The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Rezko was moved from Chicago’s downtown Metropolitan Correctional Center on December 16th, even though it’s right across the street from the federal courthouse where Blago will be tried. Rezko’s not...
  • New Obama Envoy [to Muslim World] Has History Of Engagement With U.S. Muslim Brotherhood

    02/15/2010 5:22:05 AM PST · by BIOCHEMKY · 64 replies · 2,534+ views
    Rashad Hussein, White House official and President Obama’s newly appointed Special Envoy to the Organization of Islamic Conference, has a history of participation in events connected with the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood as well as support for Brotherhood causes, once having called prosecution of the U.S. leader of a Palestinian terrorist organization one of many “politically motivated persecutions.” Mr. Hussain’s official biography states: Rashad Hussain is presently Deputy Associate Counsel to President Obama. His work at the White House focuses on national security, new media, and science and technology issues. Mr. Hussain has also worked with the National Security Staff in...
  • Details Of Complaint Against Blagojevich

    12/09/2008 7:10:49 AM PST · by iowamark · 195 replies · 10,039+ views
    CBS2Chicago ^ | 12/09/2008 | U.S. Attorney's Office
    CHICAGO (CBS) ― Full release from U.S. Attorney's Office: Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich and his Chief of Staff, John Harris, were arrested today by FBI agents on federal corruption charges alleging that they and others are engaging in ongoing criminal activity: conspiring to obtain personal financial benefits for Blagojevich by leveraging his sole authority to appoint a United States Senator; threatening to withhold substantial state assistance to the Tribune Company in connection with the sale of Wrigley Field to induce the firing of Chicago Tribune editorial board members sharply critical of Blagojevich; and to obtain campaign contributions in exchange...
  • Cari [Blago witness] sentencing on hold

    12/09/2008 8:28:25 PM PST · by advance_copy · 10 replies · 957+ views
    The sentencing of former Democratic National Committee fund-raiser Joseph Cari Jr. has been delayed at the request of prosecutors. It's a sign the feds want to use Cari as a witness -- again. Cari, who has admitted guilt in a corruption case, is a former campaign fund-raiser for Vice President-elect Joe Biden, U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton and Gov. Blagojevich. He was supposed to be sentenced months ago, after he testified against Tony Rezko, the former fund-raiser for Blagojevich and President-elect Barack Obama. But that was put off, and no new date has been set. At Rezko's trial, Cari testified that...
  • Breaking: Obama Picks Jarrett As Top Advisor...

    11/14/2008 6:36:32 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 39 replies · 1,271+ views
    Gateway Pundit ^ | November 14, 2008 | Gateway Pundit
    Breaking: Obama Advisor Jarrett Tied to Real Estate in Scandal BREAKING: Barack Obama named his longtime friend and supporter Valerie Jarrett as his senior advisor today.FOX News reported: President-elect Barack Obama is naming his longtime friend and supporter Valerie Jarrett to be his White House senior adviser. Jarrett, who hired Michelle Obama for a job in the Chicago mayor's office years ago, is one of the president-elect's closest friends and advisers. Her name has been floated for several top administration jobs. But Obama settled on the senior adviser role, said a person close to the president-elect and willing to speak...
  • Obama Top Advisor Pick Valerie Jarrett Tied to Rezko Real Estate Scandals

    11/14/2008 7:01:14 PM PST · by Jay777 · 15 replies · 1,396+ views
    Stop the ACLU ^ | 14 Nov 08 | John Stephenson
    Feel the change! Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it has obtained documents linking Valerie Jarrett, an advisor to Barack Obama and the co-chairman of the President-Elect’s transition team, to a series of real estate scandals, including several housing projects operated by convicted felon and Obama fundraiser/friend Antoin “Tony” Rezko. According to the documents obtained by Judicial Watch from the Illinois Secretary of State, Valerie Jarrett served as a board member for several organizations that provided funding and support for Chicago housing projects operated by real estate developers and Obama financial...
  • Obama Advisor Valerie Jarrett Linked to Real Estate Scandals

    11/14/2008 3:49:09 PM PST · by xtinct · 37 replies · 1,862+ views
    Judicial Watch ^ | 11/14/08 | Press Office
    Jarrett Managed Housing Project Deemed "Uninhabitable" Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it has obtained documents linking Valerie Jarrett, an advisor to Barack Obama and the co-chairman of the President-Elect's transition team, to a series of real estate scandals, including several housing projects operated by convicted felon and Obama fundraiser/friend Antoin "Tony" Rezko. According to the documents obtained by Judicial Watch from the Illinois Secretary of State, Valerie Jarrett served as a board member for several organizations that provided funding and support for Chicago housing projects operated by real estate developers...
  • Thomas Sowell: The Real Obama (“past associations”)

    10/07/2008 5:59:04 AM PDT · by kellynla · 20 replies · 1,915+ views
    National Review Online ^ | October 07, 2008 | Thomas Sowell
    Critics of Senator Barack Obama make a strategic mistake when they talk about his “past associations.” That just gives his many defenders in the media an opportunity to counter-attack against “guilt by association.” We all have associations, whether at the office, in our neighborhood, or in various recreational activities. Most of us neither know nor care what our associates believe or say about politics. Associations are very different from alliances. Allies are not just people who happen to be where you are or who happen to be doing the same things you do. You choose allies deliberately for a reason....
  • Obama: Can’t ‘Swift Boat’ Me

    04/20/2008 10:43:45 AM PDT · by george76 · 55 replies · 154+ views
    NEWSWEEK ^ | Apr 28, 2008 | Mark Hosenball and Michael Isikoff
    <p>Seeing Ghosts: Obama's ties to Ayers and Auchi are distant, but his foes plan to pounce .</p> <p>The Obama campaign is planning to expand its research and rapid-response team in order to repel attacks it anticipates over his ties to 1960s radical Bill Ayers, indicted developer Antoin Rezko and other figures from his past.</p>