Obama's Rezko ties kept under seal

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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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Hey Pia, those allegations about him being a slum-lord is BS! If you do your own research you will find his housing records not only clean, but outstanding. The irony is that he improved housing quality in Chicago vastly. This slum-lord allegation came from the Hillary Campaign, that is a FACT. A while Ago I read an article written by an alderman who did his own research and found all of this out.

And How can you say something so ignorant as "Don't play the race card with me". You think every African-American out there supports Rezko? The whole city/country hates him, and he ever committed a crime in his life. Its all documented. Research the case, every count is based off 2 witnesses with corroborating stories. Don't base opinions on a solitary source: the media.

Its very simple, and very clear.
When an Arab-American helps an African-American achieve the highest position on this earth, there will be retaliation.

The mentality these days is GUILTY UNTIL PROVEN INNOCENT.

Due corrupt Politician the court does not take action about robber who rob the bank,it is very sad think that we are not getting the justice.
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Obama received a lot more than $150K - more like $250K. While Rezko was donating $10,000 to Obama's campaign the people in his district were going without heat, because Rezko "couldn't" pay the bill.

Axelrod's other company duped the IL citizens with his fake grassroots organization, CORE so ComEd could get their rate hikes (and they want more now.) He's Obamas chief strategist if you didn't know.

Maybe Obama lovers enjoy paying 100 percent more in electric bills, but I don't.

PS: Don't play the race card with me - I'm not white.

As sad as it is, Not a SINGLE one of you are ANYWHERE near the truth. I bet none of you for one second would have the thought that maybe Rezko is innocent. He is not the man they make him to look like. And not only is he innocent, he has done more for the city of Chicago than any of you will ever come close to doing.
They DONT tell you how he has helped the non for profit St Jude Childrens hospital(who takes in kids with cancer whose families cannot afford health insurance) grow vastly. According to a Chicago Magazine interview, Muhammed Ali was Rezkos idol. Rezko toured the world with Ali and learned a great number of things from him, and has been an extreme help for Alis medication.

Have you guys ever questioned the prosecutors intentions in this trial? Dont believe the FBI is a group of people working their asses off to help the greater good. No. These are human beings, with their own personal agendas, who want to make the history books, and get hired to the nicest law firms.

Not ONE contract proved Rezko guilty.
Not ONE email proved wrongdoing.
Not ONE phone call (of the thousands of tapes & recordings the FBI owned) proved wrongdoing.
Not ONE document, wiretap, fax or any other documents proved anything!
The ONLY source of incriminating evidence the jury got, were the testimonies of the witnesses.
Not ONE of these witnesses came to the stand as a person who just wanted to help their country. The only witnesses the prosecutors had were criminals whose sentences shortened because Rezko was convicted (Levine, Cari, Ata, etc.), criminals who were granted immunity which canceled any relevent law they have broken (Rosenberg, Winter, etc.), people who were suing Rezko and would get their money upon Rezko conviction, and workers for the state who were required to come in by subpoena (whose testimonies had little to do with these case). The FBI/prosecutors tell these witnesses what to say in court, and in turn, these witnesses benefit vastly. Stuart Levine, the main witness and admitted con man, liar, and thief, was going to jail for life for the crimes he committed. He is now going to be released in 50 months. This man spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on personal drugs such as Special K, ecstasy, cocaine, and so on. He hired male prostitutes, stole money from his own family, took money from schools, and much more. But most importantly, he put an innocent man in jail, for his own personal benefit.

Whats really messed up is that the author of these blogs knows all this just as well as I do, because she followed the case day by day. But she will not correct one of you, because that is not her job. Her job is to feed you what YOU want to hear.

Never ever forget that the newspapers and news channels are BUSINESSES. Their number one priority is to make money, and they will do it in the most efficient way possible. And that is to twist stories so that they appeal to the most Americans as possible. Think about it...If there was no blagojevich story, what would you be reading about everyday? L train derailments, and what some reverend said? Oh, they will tell you the truth, but the will give these facts different meanings than what they really are.

Do your due diligence. See if I'm wrong.
Assume for two seconds, that what Im saying is true, whether or not you believe it. And imagine how much this man has went through.

This is an old story Go to www.rezko watch. Andy Martin's commentary site.

I want to see the real hidden files. dang it.

you are all such idiots, i am ashamed to be american because in no way do i can i relate to how you all percieve the world, save the few balanced comments displayed. You all are such cynical and ridiculously warped perception of the world

The amount Obama Donated to charity was $150,000 that was a lot of straw donors.

One of us would be in jail for laundering if we did that.

If Obama gets elected looks like the corruption will run from Chicago into the white house and back.

As an angry Hillary Clinton supporter who is trying to convince herself to vote for Obama, this news reminds me of when the Watergate break in started to appear...not soon enough to change the election. I hope there is either less to this one or enough is learned before August for the DNC to wise up and get Obama to drop out.

Obama can do anything he wants, no matter how corrupt and illegal, he will just escape unscathed. I feel that there is such a hatred and anger at Washington right now (Osama’s camp knows that) that they are feeding on that. It’s not that justice is blind, people are blind. Because of their anger, they are willingly led, blindly by Obama.

Albert Einstein said “anger dwells only in the bosom of fools”.

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?

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?

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.

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

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.

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 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!

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

"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??

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 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!

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.

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.

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.

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

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