Here's the memo

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This is the memo mentioning Obama today at trial.

Obama's involvement in this issue was in helping craft legislation that recreated the health planning board. The board was changed in 2003, downsized from 15 members to 9 and extended for five more years, among other changes. Obama was one of eight people to work on the legislation. The memo does not indicate Obama was involved in recommending board members.

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Rezko continues to be a thorn in Obama's side! More newsto come!


Obama Kept Contributions From Accused Fixer's Wife And Others
ABCNews.com Analysis Shows the Campaign Still Hasn't Returned More Than $100,000 in Questionable Contributions

By AVNI PATEL
Jan. 28, 2008—

Despite claims over the weekend from Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama that his campaign had given away all the donations connected to accused fixer Antoin "Tony" Rezko, the campaign has not returned more than $100,000 in donations from Rezko's wife and 20 other Rezko-linked donors, according to an ABCNews.com review.

"What we've done is we've traced any funds that we know of that we think were connected to him," said Obama during an appearance on "This Week" with George Stephanopoulos. "And if there any other funds that were connected to him that we're not aware of, then we will certainly return them. It is in our interest to do so."

On Friday, campaign spokesman Bill Burton dismissed the ABC News findings and others from the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Sun-Times, stating "we think they are casting a wide net and overestimating."

The campaign has donated to charity more than $85,000 of Rezko-linked contributions since Rezko was indicted on federal fraud charges in the fall of 2006. Burton said the campaign's best estimate of what Rezko has raised is $60,000, including contributions from a fundraiser Rezko held for Obama in 2003, but acknowledges that it does not have an exact record of what Rezko raised. "We review our donations, and where there are questions, we make decisions about donating to charity those which, in the circumstances, do not seem appropriate to retain," said Burton.

The Obama campaign statements have left some campaign finance watchdogs perplexed. "I don't understand why they didn't do a top-to-bottom audit and divest themselves of these funds," said Cynthia Canary of the Illionois Campaign for Political Reform.

The revelation that Rezko may have used "straw donors" to funnel tainted money to Obama's 2004 Senate campaign has further cast a cloud of suspicion over the Rezko-linked contributions. The Chicago Sun-Times reported on Jan. 20 that Obama was the unnamed "political candidate " referred to in a court document in the Rezko case last month accusing Rezko of directing two associates to contribute to Obama's campaign, and reimbursing them with money from an kickback scheme.

Much of the scrutiny surrounding Obama's relationship with Rezko has centered around a real estate deal involving Obama's home on the South Side of Chicago. Obama says he approached Rezko for "advice" as he sought to purchase the house in 2005. The owner of the house was trying to sell the a neighboring vacant lot as a part of the deal, Obama later told the Chicago Tribune he could not afford to buy the lot because "it was already a stretch to buy the house."

Rezko's wife, Rita, purchased the vacant lot and later sold a part of it to Obama to expand his yard. Obama has since called his decision to involve Rezko in the deal "a bone-headed mistake."

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mister clean, mister change maker. when are you going to show your
true self? you think you are so slick.How sad

To whom did Rezko sell the lot and at what price? Can the lot be built upon in light of its reduced size?

I looked at the memo. I believe it has other official's names as well. The headlines as is always the case tries to imply because Obama's name was metioned he was doing something no one was aware of.

Any negative comments such as Christines...referring to mister clean...blah blah blah is not going to vote for Obama anyway.

You also said "how sad." What is sad is to continually look for every tid bit to dismiss what someone has accomplished in their life.

You can just simply be honest and say no matter what Barack has accomplished you dislike him so much you would not vote for him any way. Enough with the false indignation!

Jer,

Unfortunately for Obama and his campaign, Obama has accomplished absolutely nothing. Actually, he's accomplished less than nothing because there are all those many, many pieces of U. S. Senate legislation on which he refused to vote. I've never in all my years of following elections seen a candidate who was as much of a sham as Barack Obama. At least a few months ago he could claim to be clean, at least he had that going for him. Now, he has nothing. And, it's going to get worse, not better.

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Natasha Korecki

Natasha Korecki is the Federal Courts Reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times, covering federal news, corruption investigations and trials.

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