Obamas Hypocrisy 061808 Research by BrittanyGibbons

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									June 18, 2008

OBAMA’S HYPOCRISY
Why Has Obama Continued To Accept Money From Rezko’s Fundraising Network?
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Obama’s Campaign Has Previously Claimed To Have Donated To Charity All Funds Related To Convicted Felon Tony Rezko: Obama’s Campaign Has Previously Reviewed Donations And Claimed To Have Returned All Of Those Funds Connected To Tony Rezko. “‘Our campaign directed a thorough review of these contributions and did our best to identify any received as a result of the June 2003 fundraising event hosted by Tony Rezko,’ Burton said in a statement. ‘By refunding these donations, the campaign has returned any and all funds that could be reasonably credited to Mr. Rezko's political support.’ Still, Burton offered no explanation of why the campaign took more than a year to shed all the donations it now says are tied to Rezko, especially funds gathered at the party in Rezko's home five years ago.” (Bob Secter and David Jackson, “Funds Tough To Figure
For Rezko Aid,” Chicago Tribune, 1/31/08)

But Obama Still Accepts Funds From A Bundler That Has Raised Money Through Rezko: “An Event Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) Headlined Last Week Has Prompted Head-Scratching Among Illinois Ethics Experts And Drawn Sharp Rebuke From Republicans Because One Of The Main Organizers Participated In Antoin ‘Tony’ Rezko’s Old Fundraising Network.” (Alexander Bolton, “Obama Fundraiser Attracts Criticism From GOP, Raises Questions On
Ethics,” The Hill, 6/17/08)

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“John W. Rogers Jr., The Chairman Of Ariel Investments Who Gave $22,500 In Contributions To Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) Through Rezko, Hosted A Top-Dollar Special Reception With Obama Thursday To Raise Money For The Democratic White House Victory Fund.” (Alexander Bolton, “Obama Fundraiser Attracts Criticism From GOP,
Raises Questions On Ethics,” The Hill, 6/17/08)

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Rogers, Who Has Pledged To Raise Over $200,000 For Obama’s Campaign, Was One Of Many Political Players Whose Name Surfaced During The Trial Of Now Convicted Felon Tony Rezko. “Rogers has also pledged to raise over $200,000 for Obama’s campaign. He was one of many political players whose name surfaced during Rezko’s recent trial. A federal jury convicted the Chicago political fixer of mail and wire fraud, aiding and abetting bribery and money laundering.” (Alexander Bolton, “Obama Fundraiser Attracts Criticism From GOP, Raises Questions On Ethics,” The Hill, 6/17/08) “Rogers Gave Contributions Of $10,000, $7,500 And $5,000 To Blagojevich Through Rezko, According To A Chart Of Contributions The Department Of Justice (DOJ) Presented As Part Of Its Case [Against Tony Rezko].”
(Alexander Bolton, “Obama Fundraiser Attracts Criticism From GOP, Raises Questions On Ethics,” The Hill, 6/17/08)

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Rogers Is A Bundler For Obama’s Presidential Campaign And Has Committed To Raising Over $200,000. (Obama For
America Website, www.barackobama.com, Accessed 6/18/08)

Rogers’ Connection To Rezko And Blagojevich Fundraising Has Drawn Scrutiny Because Of His Firm’s Business With The State Of Illinois: “Rogers’s Involvement With Rezko Has Drawn Scrutiny Because Rogers Had Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars’ Worth Of Business With The Illinois Teacher Retirement System.” (Alexander Bolton, “Obama Fundraiser Attracts Criticism From GOP,
Raises Questions On Ethics,” The Hill, 6/17/08)

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NOTE: Tony Rezko Stacked The Teachers Retirement System Board With Members Who Would Vote As They Were Told. “A government witness testified Monday that political fundraiser Antoin ‘Tony’ Rezko stacked a $30 billion state pension board with two obedient members who would vote as they were told on key issues. … Rezko, 52, is accused of scheming with Levine to pressure $7 million in kickbacks out of money management firms wanting to invest assets of the $30 billion Illinois Teachers Retirement System. The system pays the pensions of thousands of retired downstate and suburban school teachers.” (Mike Robinson, “Rezko Stacked Pension Board With Obedient Members, Trial Told,” The
Associated Press, 3/31/08)

When Blagojevich Took Office, Ariel’s Business With The Illinois Teachers Retirement System Grew From $100 Million To $462 Million By July Of 2005. “Mellody Hobson, Ariel’s president, said the Illinois teachers’ fund hired the firm to manage a $100 million account before Blagojevich took office. The account grew dramatically in the following years. Ariel managed $462 million worth of the pension fund’s assets by July of 2005.” (Alexander Bolton, “Obama Fundraiser Attracts Criticism From GOP, Raises
Questions On Ethics,” The Hill, 6/17/08)

“The Fund Ended Its Relationship With Ariel In 2006 After The Federal Investigation Of Rezko Became Public.”
(Alexander Bolton, “Obama Fundraiser Attracts Criticism From GOP, Raises Questions On Ethics,” The Hill, 6/17/08)

Obama’s Continued Relationship With Rogers Has Been Questioned: Cynthia Canary, Director Of The Illinois Campaign For Political Reform, Said That Rogers’ Donations Through Rezko Raise Questions. “Cynthia Canary, director of the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform, said Rogers is part of a new generation of African-American business leaders in Chicago. She said Rogers’s donation to Blagojevich is not surprising but questioned why he gave through Rezko. ‘I think that’s very odd,’ she said of Rezko’s role as an intermediary between Rogers and Blagojevich. ‘I don’t know why he gave that way, and it raises questions in my mind.’” (Alexander Bolton, “Obama Fundraiser
Attracts Criticism From GOP, Raises Questions On Ethics,” The Hill, 6/17/08)

“Kent Redfield, An Ethics Expert And Political Science Professor At The University Of Illinois, Said Obama Is Taking A Political Risk By Letting Rogers Play A Prominent Role In Raising Money For His Race.” (Alexander Bolton, “Obama
Fundraiser Attracts Criticism From GOP, Raises Questions On Ethics,” The Hill, 6/17/08)

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Redfield: “From Obama’s standpoint, he’s got to bend over backwards to avoid the appearance that he is just another Chicago politician that’s connected to the underbelly of corruption in Illinois politics. If I were advising him, I would tell him, ‘You have to be very careful to avoid situations where people will be tempted to connect the dots.’” (Alexander
Bolton, “Obama Fundraiser Attracts Criticism From GOP, Raises Questions On Ethics,” The Hill, 6/17/08)

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