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The Obama campaign, clearing its decks in advance of turning up the ethics and transparency heat on Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) released a list of federal donors who were solicited to give by Tony Rezko, on trial in a Chicago courtroom on federal corruption charges. Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), speaking to the Chicago Sun-Times on Friday was asked if he kept a bundler list for his 2004 Senate campaign. Bundlers are people who use their personal networks to raise money for a candidate. Most major campaigns do keep track of bundlers, in order to stroke and cultivate their most active fund-raisers.

Q: And for the Obama '04 campaign, did you keep a bundler list?

A: No

Q: Is that unusual?

A: Keep in mind that Tony raised money for me primarily in the primary. That was really when he was most active. And we started with eight people. It was a real stretch just to raise the first $250,000.

Tony Rezko wasn't involved primarily in bundling. We've kept track of who our bundlers are, and we disclose them. That's been a routine practice since I've been in the U.S. Senate.

This from Obama presidential campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt..

Below is a list of contributions to Barack Obama's federal campaigns that we determined could by reasonably credited to Mr. Rezko's political support.

This list is provided to respond to requests for a detailed accounting and it is not in any way meant to suggest questions or concerns about the specific individuals identified. Their contributions are included because they could be credited to Mr. Rezko's efforts on behalf of the campaign. The campaign has concluded in these circumstances that it should not retain these funds, and it has donated them to charity.

The focus of our concern was the June 30, 2003, fundraiser that Tony Rezko held for Obama's Senate campaign because that occurred during the period of time in which he is now accused of wrongdoing. So we made the decision to give away the money that we could determine had been raised for that event or by him for the Senate race. And this is the bulk of the money that Mr. Rezko raised for Obama overall.

CONTRIBUTIONS DONATED TO CHARITY




Rezko
Antoin
9/1/1999
$1,000

Abboud
Anthony
3/27/2000
$850

Abboud
Anthony
6/30/2003
$500

Abboud
Anthony
3/5/2004
$250

Abboud
Anthony
6/25/2004
$1,000

Abdalla
Mustafa
6/30/2003
$1,000

Abruzzo
Steven
6/30/2003
$1,000

Almanaseer
Imad
3/12/2004
$1,000

Almanaseer
Imad
5/24/2004
$2,000

Aramanda
Joseph
3/17/2000
$1,000

Aramanda
Joseph
6/30/2003
$500

Aramanda
Joseph
3/5/2004
$10,000

Arons
Jennifer Shaxted
3/17/2000
$1,000

Ata
Ali
6/30/2003
$5,000

Barta
James
6/30/2003
$2,000

Butler
Velma
6/30/2003
$1,000

Cacciatore
Joseph
6/30/2003
$1,000

Cari
Joseph
5/16/2003
$335

Cari
Joseph
12/5/2003
$1,000

Carriglio
Jack
6/30/2003
$1,000

Chaib
Al
6/30/2003
$5,000

Cherry
Myron
7/27/2004
$500

Chipparoni
Guy
6/30/2003
$2,000

Di Benedetto
Vincent
6/30/2003
$10,000

Farahati
Mandan
6/30/2003
$2,000

Fishman
Judi
12/31/2002
$1,000

Fishman
Judi
12/31/2002
$500

Glennon
John
1/8/2004
$1,000

Gustman
Lisa
6/30/2003
$1,000

Hatchett-Polk
Bernice
12/31/2002
$1,000

Hatchett-Polk
Bernice
3/31/2003
$500

King Dibble
Kelly
6/30/2003
$250

Lannen
Kathy
6/30/2003
$2,500

Lavin
John
4/4/2005
$300

Licata
Anthony
10/8/2004
$1,000

Mahru
Daniel
3/17/2000
$1,000

Mahru
Daniel
3/5/2004
$5,000

Malek
Michel
6/30/2003
$10,000

Malek
Michel
9/15/2003
$500

Maloof
Elie G.
3/17/2000
$1,000

Maloof
Elie
12/30/2003
$10,000

Massuda
Fortunee
1/26/2004
$2,000

Mesi
Philip
6/30/2003
$2,000

Mesi
Philip
12/31/2003
$10,000

Mesi
Philip
6/10/2005
$1,000

Morgan
Craig
3/5/2004
$10,000

Nammari
Suheil
6/30/2003
$2,000

Othman
Talat
6/30/2003
$1,000

Pollock
Martello
6/30/2003
$1,000

Ray
Paul
12/31/2002
$1,000

Ray
Paul
6/30/2003
$3,000

Ray
Paul
10/6/2003
$2,000

Rezko
Rita
9/1/1999
$1,000

Rezko
Aboud
12/31/2002
$1,000

Rezko
Aboud
12/31/2002
$500

Rezko
Rita
12/31/2002
$500

Rezko
Rita
12/31/2002
$1,000

Rezko
Antoin
12/31/2002
$1,000

Rezko
Antoin
3/31/2003
$500

Rezko
Antoin
10/3/2003
$10,000

Rosenberg
Thomas
6/23/2004
$2,000

Rosenberg
Thomas
6/28/2007
$2,300

Rosenberg
Thomas
9/18/2007
$2,300

Sirazi
Semir
6/30/2003
$1,000

Sirazi
Semir
6/30/2003
$1,000

Smith
Jacqueline
6/30/2003
$1,000

Sreenan
Michael
6/30/2003
$2,000

Wade
Deloris P.
3/17/2000
$1,000

Wade
Deloris
12/31/2002
$1,000

Wade
Deloris
12/31/2002
$500

Wade
Deloris
6/30/2003
$1,000

Winter
Michael
6/30/2003
$3,000

Wislow
Susan
6/30/2003
$2,000




$159,085

3 Comments

Tony Rezko and so-called slums.

If Rezko spent his money on property maintenance instead of contributing to, if I may mention his name, Obama, the properties wouldn't be slums.

Thank you.

What about the house and property from Rezko.That should be liquidated too.That was a donation also.

I thought it was just the G.O.P. that was involved in the culture of corruption. It must be contagious.

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