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Obama's Gangster Fundraiser sentanced to jail. Election 2008 Coverage

Tony Rezko, a Syrian Catholic and long time Obama ally and fundraiser, was convicted of 16 counts of corruption and faces years in prison. The case went to the jury on May 13 and after three weeks of deliberation, the jury found Rezko guilty of six counts of wire fraud, six counts of wire and mail fraud, two counts of corrupt solicitation, and two counts of money laundering.

Rezko is a Chicago ganster, with a knack for identifying future political talent. Of the first $2,300 ever raised by Obama for a political campaign in 1995, $2,000 came from Rezko owned companies. Rezko was one of the first influential power brokers to recognize Obama’s potential to excel in politics.

Rezko has long been accused of getting preferential treatment in government bids, receiving massive amounts of money for rehabilitation projects, and using blacks as frontmen to receive lucrative minority-set aside contracts.

GOP Response to Rezko conviction…

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