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March 9, 2008
Rezko Cash for Obama three times what Candidate Admits by R. Moran
Indicted Chicago fixer Antoin "Tony" Rezko and his cronies contributed at lesat three times more to Barack Obama over the years than the candidate has admitted:
During his 12 years in politics, Sen. Barack Obama has received nearly three times more campaign cash from indicted businessman Tony Rezko and his associates than he has publicly acknowledged, the Chicago Sun-Times has found. Don't tell Obama supporters. They might get the idea their new messiah is just some ordinary politician dealing with scam artists and crooks.
Obama has collected at least $168,308 from Rezko and his circle. Obama also has taken in an unknown amount of money from people who attended fund-raising events hosted by Rezko since the mid-1990s.
But seven months ago, Obama told the Sun-Times his "best estimate" was that Rezko raised "between $50,000 and $60,000" during Obama's political career.
Obama, who wants to be the nation's next president, has been purging some of those donations -- giving charities more than $30,000 he got from Rezko and three of his business partners referenced in Rezko's federal indictments. All three attended a lavish fund-raiser Rezko hosted for Obama four years ago.
And that might be too much to bear.