Another close associate and friend of Obama convicted of corruption? Tony Rezko, a relationship the Obama campaign failed to fully explain in 2008 and refuses to explain now.
Tony Rezko, A Fundraiser And Friend Of Obama, Was Sentenced To Ten And A Half Years In Prison For Corruption And Attempting To Get $7 Million In Kickbacks. “Tony Rezko, former fundraiser and friend of President Barack Obama and former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, was sentenced on Tuesday to ten and a half years in prison for corruption. Rezko, 56, has already served about 44 months of the 126-month sentence on his 2008 conviction for corruption — including fraud, money laundering and attempting to get $7 million in kickbacks from companies seeking to win deals during Blagojevich’s tenure as governor — the Chicago Sun-Times reported.”
A witness in the Blagojevich trial said Tony Rezko asked them for a $10,000 check for the Obama campaign.
"The name of President Obama came into play this afternoon at the political corruption trial of former governor Rod Blagojevich as an associate of political fund-raiser Tony Rezko testified that Rezko asked him to write a $10,000 check to Friends of Obama… The allegation is the first time Obama has been linked to Rezko through first-hand sworn testimony at the corruption trial.”
And of course, President Obama profited from a house deal with Rezko.
“Obama also involved Rezko in a house deal after he was elected to the U.S. Senate, a move he later called ‘a boneheaded mistake,’ according to a 2008 report in ABC News. Obama wanted to purchase a home that the seller had a specific condition on: the adjacent empty lot to the house had to be purchased at the same time, ABC News reported. In the house deal, Rezko’s wife paid the full asking price for that parcel, $625,000. Obama shelled out $300,000 under the house’s asking price, paying $1.65 million, according to ABC News. Obama then purchased a part of Rezko’s lot for $104,500.”