Rezko raised $1.4 million for governor

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An FBI agent reveals today that Tony Rezko raised far more than previously thought for the governor.

FBI Special Agent Charles Willenborg counted up the dollars Tony Rezko was responsible for bringing to Gov. Blagojevich's campaign fund and they added up to $1.4 million, according to his testimony today.
Willenborg said he came up with the dollar amount after reviewing a "Friends of Blagojevich" database containing donations from 2001-2004.

Willenborg testified just after the government's first witness: Kelly Glynn. Glynn is the finance director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. She headed fundraising coordination for Blagojevich from 2002-2004. Glynn described Rezko as a top fundraiser and a "bundler," someone who could bring in big money by collecting checks from numerous individuals. He did this in part by hosting fundraisers at his Wilmette mansion, she said.

Finally, former Blagojevich chief counsel Susan Lichtenstein took the stand. Her testimony was brief but to the point: Rezko was in on some heavyweight meetings. That included the interview to choose her for her post. It also included so-called "strategy sessions" headed by the governor. It looks like the government is setting the groundwork to show Rezko was part of the administration's inside dealings and therefore held sway over boards and posts.

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There were some things about the case that were really surprising to me.

The testimony made it appear that Rezko is not just some crooked financier who likes to hobnob with politicians to make himself look important. From the testimony yesterday, Rezko is the real Governor of Illinois and Blagojevich is just one of his flunkies. Its almost sounds like a tale from the days when the Mafia used to control New York City and Newark politics.

How much did Rezko bundle for Obama?? Obama has to deliver the documentation, memos, emails, etc.

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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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