The following information may come as a complete shock to you, especially if you don’t normally pay attention to blogs and rely solely on the mainstream media for your daily dose of politics. Then again, if you relied solely on the MSM, you wouldn’t be reading this right now, would you?
Four months ago, Tony Rezko, a political fundraiser, restauranteur, and real estate developer in Chicago, was convicted on several counts of fraud and bribery. Tony Rezko is heavily involved in Chicago politics and was instrumental in the campaigns of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and U.S. Senator Barack Obama. If you have followed political news at all, I am sure you have heard Rezko’s name mentioned in the same sentence with Barack Obama’s more than a time or two.
Rezko has had numerous troubles with the law, and it seems now that he has been convicted he has decided to start singing to the federal authorities in hopes of a lighter sentence. It’s obvious that Rezko knows a lot of secrets within Chicago politics and apparently the information he has is pretty good. If the information he had didn’t contain red meat, I don’t think the feds would be wasting their time sitting down with him. He’s already been convicted, why should they cut him a deal now?
PUMA Pundit has a complete rundown of the information on Rezko’s ties to Broadway Bank and how Barack Obama’s name is connected to Rezko in more ways than one.
In 2002, under the guise of funding a construction project, Rezko and his then-business partner, Daniel Muhra had borrowed $10.9 million from Broadway Bank an institution headed by Demetris and Alexei. In 2003, Demetris was recommended by Rezko to Governor Rod Blagojevich for a seat on the Illinois Finance Authority Board, for reasons yet unknown, Demetris was not appointed.
In 2003/2004 Tony Rezko was one of Obama’s biggest fundraisers during his Senate run. Among the contributors to the Obama campaign fund other than Rezko were Demetris and Alexi Giannoulias, both still executive officers of Broadway Bank.
Obama’s Campaign Funds were kept in … You guessed it, Broadway Bank.
Is this all guilt by association or are the lines being drawn that will connect the dots and paint a picture of corruption with Barack Obama’s face at the forefront?
Tony Rezko wrote $450,000 in bad checks from Broadway Bank. Alexi Giannoulias runs Broadway Bank. Tony Rezko campaigned to get Demetris Giannoulias, Alexi’s brother, named to the Illinois Finance Authority Board. Demetris Giannoulias was on the Crossroads Fund board. Crossroads issued grants to ACORN and others, which William Ayers and Barack Obama supported. Barack Obama has questionable real estate ties to Rezko that Obama himself has said was a mistake. Oh what a tangled web… With Rezko singing like a canary, is Barack Obama just days away from indictment?
It might not matter what Rezko says… There is bigger news coming out of Ohio today.
The Buckeye Institute, a Columbus-based think tank, today filed a state RICO action against the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) on behalf of two Warren County voters. The action filed in Warren County Court of Common Pleas alleges ACORN has engaged in a pattern of corrupt activity that amounts to organized crime. It seeks ACORN’s dissolution as a legal entity, the revocation of any licenses in Ohio, and an injunction against fraudulent voter registration and other illegal activities.
In case you forgot RICO is the abbreviation for the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act which provides for extended penalties for criminal acts performed as part of an ongoing criminal organization. You can download a copy of the complaint from the Buckeye Institute(PDF).
Barack Obama’s name comes up in that complaint. Not once, not twice, but three times.
The Obama campaign has received over $228 million in undocumented contributions from various states which opens the door for a full RICO investigation. They might want to look into the $832,000 in “political services” the Obama campaign paid to Citizen Services, Inc, which just happens to share the same board of directors as ACORN. What’s up with that?
A three judge panel of the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled tonight that the Ohio Secretary of State is required to follow the law and verify all new voter registrations to prevent election fraud.
ACORN’s attempt to commit voter fraud in half a dozen states is unraveling, and there is no telling exactly who will get caught in the rip current. I does appear, however, that if most of the allegations are true many political careers could be headed out to sea.