During his 12 years in politics, Sen. Barack Obama has received nearly three times more campaign cash from indicted businessman Tony Rezko and his associates than he has publicly acknowledged, the Chicago Sun-Times has found.Some simple advice. Obama better come clean on this now; otherwise the Clinton attack machine will devour him in no time. Mrs. Clinton has more than enough baggage with shady operatives (hello, Vinod Gupta!), so the public may be willing to overlook stories such as this. If primary voters detect a pattern of evasion, Obama may crumble quickly.
Obama has collected at least $168,308 from Rezko and his circle. Obama also has taken in an unknown amount of money from people who attended fund-raising events hosted by Rezko since the mid-1990s.
But seven months ago, Obama told the Sun-Times his "best estimate" was that Rezko raised "between $50,000 and $60,000" during Obama's political career.
Obama, who wants to be the nation's next president, has been purging some of those donations -- giving charities more than $30,000 he got from Rezko and three of his business partners referenced in Rezko's federal indictments. All three attended a lavish fund-raiser Rezko hosted for Obama four years ago.
Monday, June 18, 2007
Obama's Rezko Problem
Losing ground to the The Pantsuit may be the least of Barack Obama's problems today. It appears The Magic Negro wasn't telling the truth about how much money he accepted from indicted businessman Tony Rezko.