Did Michelle Obama funnel contract to big fundraiser? (updated)

The Washington Post notes that Michelle Obama's employer, University of Chicago Medical Center,  gave a $650,000 contract to Blackwell Consulting.  The son of the owner,  Robert Blackwell Jr., a former partner in the consulting firm, is one of her husband's long time fundraisers.  In a now familiar refrain  Blackwell Sr. described the genesis of his contract as "really fuzzy." Sometime in 2004, he said, an employee of the center's diversity office -- he cannot remember who -- mentioned an opportunity to bid on contracts there and offered to "talk us up." The University of Chicago Medical Center has been the recipient of several of Senator Obama's earmarks, as have been several other thriving Chicago not for profit organizations that have Obama fundraisers on their boards such as the Shedd Aquarium. The son of the owner,  Robert Blackwell Jr., a former partner in the consulting firm is one of her husband's...(Read Full Post)

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