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Political fundraiser convicted in trial

June 5, 2008

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— A prominent fundraiser for Sen. Barack Obama and Gov. Rod Blagojevich was convicted of fraud, money laundering and bribery Wednesday after a trial that exposed a corrupt culture of payoffs and campaign finance abuses plaguing Illinois politics.

Antoin "Tony" Rezko, 52, who according to witnesses wielded wide powers within the Blagojevich administration and now faces a stiff prison sentence, was immediately taken into custody following the verdict.

U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald told reporters the verdict represented "an antidote to the poison of corruption" that testimony alleged included the fixing of state boards that controlled a $40 billion pension fund and made major decisions about hospital construction.

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bondmen 6 years, 6 months ago

Rezko is a good friend, political and financial supporter of the Democrat Barack Hussein Obama. Chicago ward politics is as down and dirty as it gets; Obama was hip deep in it. The media can be counted on to NOT do their job and help cleanse him. Get ready America for more of the insane.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 6 months ago

If the Republicans actually had a candidate with integrity, you might be right, Marion. But no matter how much sh*t gets thrown against the wall, 8 years of pure corruption and incompetence is going to make it very difficult to target all that poo exclusively at Obama.

jhwk2008 6 years, 6 months ago

I've got a headline for tomorrow: McCain Rips Off Obama's Campaign Slogan.Obama: Change we can believe in.McCain: A leader we can believe in.

monkeyhawk 6 years, 6 months ago

We are in the age of the "manufactured candidate". How carefully has this scenario been crafted over the years by the ones with the ability and the money to create a president?Unfortunately, the emperor has no clothes, and those who are not blinded by fervor are beginning to see all the nasty parts. It will be very interesting when all the bones come rattling out of the closet.

beatrice 6 years, 6 months ago

Keating 5, of which McCain was directly involved is far far worse than Obama not being involved in the activity of some else. Once again, we are talking about something with which Obama had no control. He is not the one doing anything illegal, the person who gave him money is. When discovered that Rezko was under question, the money itself was directed toward charity. This took place in 2004, and was never part of Obama's run for President. These are major parts of the story that LJWorld has left out. And remember folks, if someone uses Obama's middle name, lets not forget to also use McCains. So it is Barack Hussein Obama, and John GeorgeW.Bush McCain, the 3rd (term). Obama by a landslide in November.

cato_the_elder 6 years, 6 months ago

Beatrice, Senator Obama actually does have a very good chance of winning by a landslide in some parts of Lawrence.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 6 months ago

Chicago and Illinois politics are indeed dirty-- there's a fairly recent Republican governor in jail as a result."There's much, much more to come out as the result of inquiries into the Obamas' political history in Chicago. We've only seen the tip of the iceberg."Maybe. Maybe not. But so far, there's really been no indication of Obama's involvement in any illegal activities. And absent that, with all the skeletons McCain has in his closet, I doubt that McCain is gonna wanna start slinging poo any time soon.

georgeofwesternkansas 6 years, 6 months ago

"beatrice (Anonymous) says: Keating 5, of which McCain was directly involved is far far worse than Obama not being involved in the activity of some else."Attutiudes just like this are what has gotten us the corrupt government we have. Maybe we could require better of our elected officals and should reject both as unfit.

Godot 6 years, 6 months ago

"For an untouchable change agent, Obama certainly has a lot of questionable associates."Read the article here:http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=ZTQyNjk1MmZhNDYyZjQ0OGNlMDIzOGMzZDQwMjk3NTY=

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 6 months ago

Obama has his baggage. Unfortunately, that's how our political system works. If you want someone with unimpeachable integrity, and zero baggage, you can try to vote for Nader, (if they let him on the ballot.) But McCain's connections is just as questionable, so I doubt that you'll see Obama get hammered much on this issue.

cato_the_elder 6 years, 6 months ago

Actually, Bozo, many believe that the biggest potential problem with Senator McCain's campaign is whether he will actually be willing to take the gloves off and sling any at all - not because of his own history (the Keating stuff was 20 years ago, and was only harmful to McCain in demonstrating his rather embarrassing naivete at the time in looking like a choir boy in a house of ill repute), but because he has a lot invested, as the result of McCain-Feingold and his many past statements on this subject, in conducting a "gentlemanly" campaign - which is not an approach that will be greeted well by his supporters. He needs to expose Senator Obama one-on-one for what he is, and even though Senator McCain is a very courageous man the jury's out on whether he will consider it "appropriate" to do what he needs to do.

cato_the_elder 6 years, 6 months ago

There's much, much more to come out as the result of inquiries into the Obamas' political history in Chicago. We've only seen the tip of the iceberg.By the way, does anyone remember the standard defense offered by Spiro Agnew's apologists when it was revealed that he would have to resign from the Vice Presidency as the result of criminal charges? "Maryland politics is dirty, and everyone who started a political career there and has succeeded has to have done something illegal." Many people in America have no idea what Democratic politics in the City of Chicago is all about, but they will be learning soon.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 6 months ago

"The "everybody does it" excuse works well here.This is "Change we can believe in"?"No, I think it's a travesty. But it's reality. With the choice between McCain and Obama, I think it's clear that Obama is much more likely to bring about positive change than will McCain, who likely would be little more than a Bush third term, consisting primarily of the Republican Party's continued self-destruction (and taking the country down with them.)

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 6 months ago

"Obama, the second Jimmy Carter"Could be. Carter's biggest "failure" was having to clean up after the eight years of Nixon/Kissinger/Ford. Whoever is elected president will have to clean up after Bush/Rove/Cheney, although if it's McCain, he'll just continue with the same failed policies.

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