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Obama's Rezko ties kept under seal

In January, the Sun-Times reported that a portion of the Tony Rezko case led to Barack Obama's campaign fund. Obama isn't accused of doing anything wrong. But Rezko allegedly used straw donors to kick into Obama's campaign fund during his run for the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives.

While none of that came out at trial, today, for the first time, a filing recently unsealed shows the government's initial intent to call witnesses about that aspect of the case. The judge in the case, Amy St. Eve, ruled that the prosecution could bring up Obama's name. But they never did. And references to Obama were not only kept out of the trial during his run for the primary -- it was kept under seal. Until today.

The filing indicates that the prosecution wanted witnesses to talk about Rezko's prowess as an Obama fund-raiser and his influence in getting two others -- Joseph Aramanda and Semir Sirazi -- to donate Rezko money to Obama's campaigns in their names. The money kicked into Obama's campaigns came from an illicit kickback scheme. Obama has since donated that money to charity.

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This is long over due and I'm soo afraid it will be too late, can Patrick at least get out his indictments before November.

Natasha:

Your last line says " Obama has since donated that money to charity". No, he used that money to get elected. He donated other money from legitmate campaign funds provided by others.
You can't unring the bell.

If a man robed a bank and gave the money back would that un rob the bank.I don't think so the cops would arrest you just the same and charge you with robery woulden't they.The money was used to promote his electoral run for office wasen't it.Well I didn't know the money was croupt is just like I was only keeping the car running while my buddy robed the bank but I was going to get out when he came out so why are you arresting me well for being an acss.being bone headed dosen't get it.You still have to pay the piper or are you above the law.

If the federal prosecutors didn't even question Obama before or during the trial, what makes you think they will do anything now. It's sad but that's the way our government works. Obama will be sitting in the oval office come 2009, unless someone with some morals comes out and does something!

To JohnnyB, I never thought of it that way but you are absolutly right!!!
Of course P.F. was hoping Rezko would flip on Blagojevich and Obama but the only way he's going to flip is if McCain wins and ruins his chance at a pardon. It sounds like P.F. has enough to indict Blagojevich and if he does Rod is going to have to sign a plea agreement or face the indictment of himself and his wife Patti. If that's the case Rod could be the Obama spoiler not Rezko as everyone was predicting.

"If a man robed a bank and gave the money back would that un rob the bank.I don't think so the cops would arrest you just the same and charge you with robery woulden't they."

Spelling aside, this is the stupidest thing I have read all week, if not all month.

Sweetie? Honey? Do me a favor and rob the nearest bank near you. Then go back, give back the cash, if you can do so before the security guards who witnessed the crime, let alone the local police and the FBI, *shoot you*. Since when are there backsies for Federal crimes?

C'mon. The GOP oppo unit put you up to this, illiterate syntax and punctuation and spelling according to the blogging handbook. Come on now.... fess up. How much did that post net you??

He should be put on trial now, to either implicate his dishonesty and integrity to be just another crooked politician, and before he has a right to become a possible commander and chief of the United States armed forces and the leader of this country.

Why should he be above the law?

Hopefully this case will resurface in a timely manner.

Mr. P

I agree with all. What is the coverup. This is your man of change?

dear friends of America: oh my, haven't you all figured this out yet? Obama can do anything and everything he wants, no matter how corrupt and illegal, because any criticism or accusation will be called racist, and he will just escape unscathed. This is how we will elect our president, with one big race card. How did we come to this? God help us all. The media should be ashamed that they have come to be controlled by one man.

The only way to stop this type of person becoming president, meaning just another corrupt politician, is to make them pay for their own campaigns, get rid of government contracting and ban lobbyists. Maybe then we will see someone run for the office because they have better plan for the future of this beautiful country. As long as only millionaires run and are helped by special interests, we will have no real freedom.

so obama will clean up washington from corruption and politics as usual...sounds good to the ear but what the hell did obama do to clean up chicago from corruption and politics as usual? the sad thing is that your average voter is so ignorant that this fraud called obama might win.

Barack is carrying in his pocket a statu of indian God for good luck charme, he said that in one of his speeches. He said he is a christian, just to get the votes from christians. That guy is fake. This is a free country , free speech, I don't see why they cannot let the nation know about all the Obama's tricks . Christians don't need India animal God to prosper, God's Grace is sufficient. Barack Obama serve the Indian God. He said the indian people have given him a good luck charm which he is carying all the time in his pocket to talk to whenever he wants and the same animal will put him in the White house. What's a shame....he needs indian charm, Hillary and Bill Clinton support in order to be competent and qualified to be president. That guy is not ready at all to be the Commender in Chied of the USA. sorry. that's not a joke. we need to think about our Country before we think about his charisma or whatever....he is the most annoying candidate , crying all the time for Hillary's 18000000 supporters.

Bessie,

"Since when are there backsies for Federal crimes?"

Sweetie? Honey? Spelling and syntax aside, that appears to have been JohnnyB's point. There are "backsies" for corrupt politicians who take under the table donations from foreign-backed power brokers and domestic criminals, so long as they donate the payola to charity as soon as they are exposed. "I put it back" isn't an excuse for street criminals, just the power elite.

Since you opened the door for ad hominim attacks, I'd ask which Alderman's ghost payroll you inhabit, but that wouldn't address the issue, would it?

The media is to blame . This story and more have been running since investigative reporter Evelyn Pringle's Curtain Time for Obama , a VI part investigative work with credits going to many news journalist in Chicago . Pringle was considered Biased , so what facts are facts . Now only part II shows on Oped news but if you go down and hit other stories by this Author , you find more .
Most telling are her Cliff Notes , Now Evelyn Pringle, the author of the Operation Board Games, Curtain Time for Barack Obama, and Pringle Cliff Notes series of articles, received word from web sites that carried her articles that they had been contacted by Iraqi-British billionaire businessman Nadhmi Auchi's attorney, Alasdair Pepper, with threats to sue. Many have investigated Ms Pringle's stories and found them to be accurate . Auchi with his Billions , can try and keep the truth from the American People , he will find we are more resilient and eventually do the right thing . We rely on the Media to do full investigations particularly anyone running for President , in this respect , the Media has let us all down.

I thought this case had gone to the judgement phase. My worst fear when I saw the Rezko case go to trial was that the Republicans would pull a Segielman on Obama. I trust that the judge in the case will not let her party affiliation affect her judgment and turn this into a partisan attempt to railroad a presidential candidate.

Obama will win!
The Chicago "Daley Machine" has it all under control, no Chicago Mobster, Newspaper or Politician will do anything to spoil Obama's race for the white house!
*They have even quieted Reverend Wright!

If these things are true, WHY IN THE NAME OF HEAVEN, won't the Media give it to the public? There has to be SOMEONE that can get this on the air, either radio or tv. IMO there are many, many other things that should be put before the public, but time is running out. IF HUSSEIN Obama should be 'GIVEN" the office of President, it will be too late to bring it out. We can certainly NOT expect the DNC to do anything that would harem their baby Obama, so it has to be done by someone else. Actually, McCain could release it!

If these things are true, WHY IN THE NAME OF HEAVEN, won't the Media give it to the public? There has to be SOMEONE that can get this on the air, either radio or tv. IMO there are many, many other things that should be put before the public, but time is running out. IF HUSSEIN Obama should be 'GIVEN" the office of President, it will be too late to bring it out. We can certainly NOT expect the DNC to do anything that would harem their baby Obama, so it has to be done by someone else. Actually, McCain could release it!

Obama is a changling you can believe in...

Why are IL voters not mad about David Axelrod duping them about ComEd rate hikes?

Press and shame in the same sentence? Boston.com has written some good articles about Obama and his Chicago politician days, but the majority of the MSM is protective of their secular messiah.

to tigger211, you are right about one thing, obama WILL be sitting in the oval office in 2009!!

I find it funny that in america ..supposably..its innocent untill proven guilty ( mainly if you are caucasian) you can play the political pundit role all you wish however while you speculate on a bigger speculation let us not forget the Bush's connection to the royal saudi family etc. and the haliburton* (sp) fiasco to boot. I find it interesting that Obama is only half afican yet america refused to accept the man is after all half white. In america any part negro is negro ( quadrune, octrune ring a bell ? well possibly not..i wont waste our time in an feeble attempt to reprogam the minds of the strangely mislead white americans who chose to convieniently ignore or unlearn this part of American history)at any rate being labled as an african american there is the possiblity that Obama faces undue and overhyped criticism- no it is beyond a reasonable doubt he faces undue criticism. There are some of you among us whom chose to live in a fantasy land and hope & pray that some day we will not be viewed as equals despite proof to the contrary. Give the guy a shot as G.W. is no angel. I would advise to not let the fear of the possiblity of a non white president distort your would be mental clarity -and yes I know I possibly again gave you more credit than you perhaps deserve, and by " you " I am speaking to the audience and the members of society who blindly dislike obama before even digesting the real facts in their entirety. I find myself having to remind you (yes you) again that lady justice is too blind.

ON June 27 the Boston Globe printed a detail expose on how Developers that are on Obama's finance committee, received millions of dollars for work on low income housing projects in Obama's Chicage neighborhood and then abandoned the properties after they had milked them dry. The US government has condemmed several of these projects because of their ruin.


Obama is not representing change in this instance but is practicing the same old payola politics. What is new here?

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