Barack Obama and campaign contributor Antoin "Tony" Rezko

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Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and Antoin "Tony" Rezko, a shady Chicago, Illinois, political fund-raiser, have been "friends" for 17 years. As a lawyer at the small Chicago law firm Davis Miner Barnhill & Galland,[1] Obama "worked on low-income housing deals involving Rezko's company" Rezmar Corp. Rezko "has been Obama's political patron since he ran for the Illinois Senate a dozen years ago. Obama has apologized for buying a piece of property from Rezko's wife [in 2006] to expand his yard," the Chicago-Sun Times reported April 23, 2007.[2]

"Obama, who has worked as a lawyer and a legislator to improve living conditions for the poor, took campaign donations from Rezko even as Rezko's low-income housing empire was collapsing, leaving many African-American families in buildings riddled with problems -- including squalid living conditions, vacant apartments, lack of heat, squatters and drug dealers," Novak wrote.[3]

"Rezmar kept getting city and state funding, even as earlier projects fell into disrepair and financial troubles. But their company, Rezmar Corp., did come up with $1,000 to give to the political campaign fund of Barack Obama, the newly elected state senator whose district included the unheated building," Novak wrote.[3]

Iraqi power plant contract and Rezko

United States of America v. Stuart Levine and Antoin Rezko, also known as "Tony Rezko"

Indictment: United States of America v. Stuart Levein and Antoin Rezko, also known as "Tony Rezko," 2005-2 Grand Jury, Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, U.S. Department of Justice. Indictment includes 24 counts, including counts for mail fraud, wire fraud, attempted extortion, solicitation of funds, and money laundering.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported January 19, 2008, that Sen. Obama has been confirmed to be the "unnamed 'political candidate' referred to" in the above cited indictment.[4]

Obama is not named in the Dec. 21 court document. But a source familiar with the case confirmed that Obama is the unnamed “political candidate” referred to in a section of the document that accuses Rezko of orchestrating a scheme in which a firm hired to handle state teacher pension investments first had to pay $250,000 in “sham” finder’s fees. From that money, $10,000 was donated to Obama’s successful run for the Senate in the name of a Rezko business associate, according to the court filing and the source.
Rezko, who was part of Obama’s senatorial finance committee, also is accused of directing “at least one other individual” to donate money to Obama and then reimbursing that individual — in possible violation of federal election law.



  1. Tim Novak, "Obama's ex-boss a Rezko partner. Lawyer consulted on final Rezmar redevelopment," Chicago Sun-Times, April 23, 2007.
  2. Tim Novak, "Top recipients of campaign cash," Chicago Sun-Times, April 23, 2007.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Tim Novak, "Obama and his Rezko ties," Chicago Sun-Times, April 23, 2007.
  4. Dave McKinney, et al., "Obama surfaces in Rekzo's federal corruption case. Source confirmed Obama is the unnamed 'political candidate' referred to in document which outlines case against Rezko," Chicago Sun-Times, January 19, 2008.

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  • Tim Novak, Chicago Sun-Times, April 24, 2007:


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