Tony Rezko was a former business partner of Obama’s and a corrupt real estate businessman who was convicted of influence-peddling in Chicago.
As an Illinois State Senator, Obama allocated tens of millions of dollars in taxpayers’ funds to slumlords Valerie Jarrett and Tony Rezko meant to provide for housing for low income, minority tenants in return for political donations. Due to shoddy construction and nonexistent maintenance, the majority of the units were uninhabitable after less than 10 years of use.
Depending on which news outlet you rely on for current events, you may not have heard that convicted Chicago real estate developer Tony Rezko was sentenced to 10½ years in prison Tuesday.
On top of this, unless you read the following report from Reuters, you mightn’t have known just how connected he was to a junior senator from Illinois who just so happens to be the President of the United States:
A U.S. judge on Tuesday sentenced Antoin “Tony” Rezko, a former Chicago fundraiser for President Barack Obama, to 10-1/2 years in prison for corruption and extortion.
Rezko’s conviction was among a slew of guilty pleas that led to the conviction in two trials of former Democratic Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich and several of his aides. […]
Rezko became a minor campaign issue for Obama during the 2008 presidential race. The two had become close friends and Rezko had raised tens of thousands of dollars for the then-Illinois state senator’s successful U.S. Senate and presidential campaigns.
At one point, the Republican National Committee referred to Rezko as Obama’s “money man”.
Rezko also advised Obama in the purchase of the future president’s large home on the south side of Chicago. Rezko’s wife purchased and then resold to the Obama family a side yard to the home they could not afford initially.
When Rezko was convicted, Obama said he was “saddened” and added, “This isn’t the Tony Rezko I knew.”
From what I can tell, this was the best print report on this matter which was nicely headlined “Former Obama Fundraiser Rezko Gets 10-year Sentence.”
The article mentions the media’s usual covering up for Obama; The Washington Post published a blurb titled: “Blagojevich ally sentenced to prison”. USA Today tapdanced with “Blagojevich fundraiser gets 10 years”. CNN’s John King mentioned a “kickback scandal involving the former Illinois governor, Rod Blagojevich.” The Associated Press sugar-coated the story with “Blago Ally Rezko Gets 10½ Years, Minus Time Served” , with an allusion to “Obama has not been accused of wrongdoing in the case, but his relationship with Rezko became an issue during the 2008 election.”
ABC, CBS, MSNBC, and NBC only briefly reported the sentencing. The New York Times, as well as most of the nation’s major newspapers, hasn’t printed a word of this.
Reuters (surprisingly) and Fox News were the only a few of the outlets to mention Obama’s ties to the Rezko/Blagojevich corruption.
Just another example of Obama’s corruption and character flaws. Move along, nothing to see here.
- Obama Pal Tony Rezko Sentenced To 10.5 Years In Federal Prison (thedaleygator.wordpress.com)
- Tony Rezko Sentenced to Over 10 Years in Prison (michellemalkin.com)
- Slum Lord Jarrett: “We Have to Give People A Livelihood So They Can Provide For Their Families (nicedeb.wordpress.com)
- Ex-Obama Fundraiser Antoin Rezko Sentenced to 10 1/2 Years – San Francisco Chronicle (sfgate.com)