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Headline: Rezko Arrested and Charged

Political fundraiser and real estate developer Tony Rezko has been arrested after a government motion to revoke his bond. Rezko is scheduled to stand trial for charges of fraud, attempted extortion, and money laundering. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges. A hearing is expected in the case this afternoon.

Rezko's name came to public knowledge during the Democratic debate in South Carolina, where Hillary Clinton accused Barack Obama of accepting campaign donations from the "slumlord." Obama has given the tens of thousands of of dollars in campaign donations associated with Rezko to charity. Though there is speculation surrounding a real estate deal between Obama and Rezko in 2005, Obama says,

"Everything was aboveboard . . . Nobody had an inkling that he was involved in any problems." Adding, "I should not have entered into any kind of agreement with him."

Look here for more details about the Obama/Rezko connection. Do you think there's something suspicious about this situation, or is the tightness of the Democratic race blowing this out of proportion?

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karah karah 8 years
I may be cynical but I think in this day and age almost any candidate/party is going to be "guilty" of taking donations from people/corporations with shady pasts. Can it really be avoided?
trésjolie1 trésjolie1 8 years
Yes, I saw that Clinton picture too!! The only dirt they find is with someone they too have a connection with.
Beauty Beauty 8 years
Rezko is old news if you've been following Obama's career. This stuff was brought up more than a year ago in the Chicago media, and it didn't really go anywhere. Doubt it will get much traction in the national media.
piper23 piper23 8 years
I don't know what the difference is between Obama's association with this guy and Hillary's association with Peter Paul. Interesting clips on youtube regarding their "friendship".
Michelann Michelann 8 years
I think it's pretty messed up for Hillary to bask Obama for his connections with Rezko when her own relationship with the man goes much farther back. Look at this link for a story about it and a photo of the Clinton's with Rezko way back when. http://www.radaronline.com/exclusives/2008/01/hillary-clinton-tony-rezko-dnc-contribution.php
CitizenSugar CitizenSugar 8 years
We ran it today because Rezko was arrested this morning. But yes, he's been on the fringes of the newscycle for a couple of days. And we're definitely getting to the point of the campaign where all the info tumbles out, for better or for worse. I hope it stays relatively clean...
luautina luautina 8 years
Honestly, this is an old story, it should have come up during the same news cycle in which Clinton was dealing with shady supporters. Now they both have shady supporters whom they both gave donations back to.
redegg redegg 8 years
What timing. You really have to hand it to the Clinton machine.
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 8 years
It's this race that's blowing everything out of proportion.
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