Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Rezko/Obama friendship

People still do not get this.

I know the Obama campaign is still spinning and spinning the friendship between Obama and Rezko.

Way too many folks think that that Rezko did nothing more than give a few dollars to Obama and that was it. Obama then gave the money to charity, no big deal.

Folks, that is not even close to the actually relationship and friendship Obama has with Rezko.

Let's start with the basics-

Obama and Rezko have been friends for 18 years.

Rezko was Obama's financial director for his 2004 US Senate campaign and helped Obama raise $14 million for that campaign.

Rezko and his partner were paid by the Illinois taxpayers to rehab building in Obama's district. In 1997, in the middle of dead winter, Rezko was so financially strapped that the heat was cut off in one of those buildings.

Chicago Sun Times:

For more than five weeks during the brutal winter of 1997, tenants shivered without heat in a government-subsidized apartment building on Chicago's South Side.
Barack Obama and Tony Rezko were great friends, with both men benefiting from that friendship. That friendship netted Obama millions and millions in donations and this fact is just barely scratching the surface of how these two men are connected.

Even the New York Times has jumped into the Rezko trial and they are trying to figure out what is going on-

An e-mail message made public on Monday in the fraud trial of Antoin Rezko, a businessman and political contributor, brought attention to Senator Barack Obama’s role in discussions involving a state health planning board that Mr. Rezko is accused of improperly influencing.

The message indicated that Mr. Obama, now a Democratic presidential candidate, and other top Illinois politicians consulted in 2003 on legislation to keep the board, which approved the construction of health facilities, from expiring under sunset provisions in state law.

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