Obama friend and fundraiser sentenced to 10 years imprisonment

“Of interesting (but not surprising) note is that the mainstream media coverage of Rezko’s sentence this afternoon fails to mention his close ties to the president. A number of headlines describe Rezko as a Blagojevich political fundraiser and adviser, but conspicuously absent is any mention of Obama.”

Jim Kouri
Law Enforcement Examiner

President Obama’s close friend and longtime financial supporter, Chicago businessman Antoin Rezko, was sentenced on November 22 to 101/2 years in prison for operating a massive corruption scheme in which he extorted millions of dollars in kickbacks from investment firms seeking state business.

Media critics have complained that reporters and commentators were too busy discussing unproven sex scandals and unsubstantiated claims against Republican candidates to cover the punishment of another associate of President Barack Obama.

For years Rezko was a major donor and adviser to convicted Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, but his name first surfaced on the national scene during the 2008 presidential election because then-candidate Obama had received hefty campaign contributions from him and the two were longtime pals, according to investigations conducted by the non-partisan Judicial Watch.

In fact, Rezko subsidized a $1.65 million home Obama purchased in Chicago’s South side in 2005 and he hosted a fundraiser for the then- U.S. Senator Obama…

…Judicial Watch covered both Chicago federal trials, which prominently mentioned Obama and his former chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, who left the post to become the city’s mayor…

Read the complete article at Law Enforcement Examiner.

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