Tony Rezko, former Obama fundraiser and real estate associate sentenced to decade behind bars

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    Nov 22, 2011 11:45 PM GMT
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    A former fundraiser to President Barack Obama was sentenced to 10.5 years in federal prison today. Tony Rezko, 56, will end up spending only seven years behind bars because the judge gave him credit for time he's already served.

    In 2008, Rezko was convicted of pay to play politics including fraud, bribery and extorting millions from businesses seeking contracts with the state of Illinois while Rod Blagojevich was Governor.

    Rezko, a real estate developer, was a well known fundraiser in Illinois political circles. For years he donated money to Republicans and Democrats, including Barack Obama during his campaign for Illinois Senate and later for US Senate. Rezko and Obama first met in 1991 and later engaged in a small real estate deal when Obama bought his home in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood. Obama later referred to the deal as a mistake.

    Rezko's attorneys hoped the judge would sentence Rezko to the 3.5 years he's already served. Prosecutors say Rezko actually refused to cooperate with them after he was first arrested and charged.

    "Rezko lied point-blank repeatedly over his first 19 interview sessions about his criminal involvement with Blagojevich," according to a court filing.

    Rezko's sentencing of 10.5 years could set a precedent for the upcoming sentencing of convicted Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. Blagojevich was found guilty on multiple corruption charges during his re-trial earlier this year. His sentencing is scheduled for Tuesday December 6th in Chicago.
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    Nov 23, 2011 2:21 AM GMT
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    Nov 23, 2011 2:32 AM GMT
    Maybe Obama will pardon him.
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    Nov 23, 2011 2:39 AM GMT
    CHRISTOPHER34 saidMaybe Obama will pardon him.

    He won't. He only does what is politically beneficial. Even his visits to the toilet are reviewed and approved by the Obama Reelection staff in Chicago. That is the basis for every decision he makes. The country can go to hell, it's only about his reelection.
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    Nov 23, 2011 3:50 AM GMT
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    CHRISTOPHER34 saidMaybe Obama will pardon him.

    He won't. He only does what is politically beneficial. Even his visits to the toilet are reviewed and approved by the Obama Reelection staff in Chicago. That is the basis for every decision he makes. The country can go to hell, it's only about his reelection.


    And your proof for this is...?

    While you're at it, where's the proof of any wrongdoing between Rezko and Obama? Or is this another Whitewater?
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    Nov 23, 2011 3:58 AM GMT
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    socalfitness said
    CHRISTOPHER34 saidMaybe Obama will pardon him.

    He won't. He only does what is politically beneficial. Even his visits to the toilet are reviewed and approved by the Obama Reelection staff in Chicago. That is the basis for every decision he makes. The country can go to hell, it's only about his reelection.


    And your proof for this is...?

    While you're at it, where's the proof of any wrongdoing between Rezko and Obama? Or is this another Whitewater?

    Pretty apparent he is in full campaign mode. That's all he knows how to do.

    As far as wrongdoing between Rezko and Obama, there have been no allegations of such. It was well known that at the time Rezko was involved with Obama on that real estate deal, he was already under investigation.
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    Christian73 said
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    CHRISTOPHER34 saidMaybe Obama will pardon him.

    He won't. He only does what is politically beneficial. Even his visits to the toilet are reviewed and approved by the Obama Reelection staff in Chicago. That is the basis for every decision he makes. The country can go to hell, it's only about his reelection.


    And your proof for this is...?

    While you're at it, where's the proof of any wrongdoing between Rezko and Obama? Or is this another Whitewater?

    Pretty apparent he is in full campaign mode. That's all he knows how to do.

    As far as wrongdoing between Rezko and Obama, there have been no allegations of such. It was well known that at the time Rezko was involved with Obama on that real estate deal, he was already under investigation.



    Obama is no more or less in campaign mode than any other politician.

    If there was no wrongdoing between Obama and Rezko why do you keep bringing it up?
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    Nov 23, 2011 5:29 AM GMT
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    socalfitness said
    Christian73 said
    socalfitness said
    CHRISTOPHER34 saidMaybe Obama will pardon him.

    He won't. He only does what is politically beneficial. Even his visits to the toilet are reviewed and approved by the Obama Reelection staff in Chicago. That is the basis for every decision he makes. The country can go to hell, it's only about his reelection.


    And your proof for this is...?

    While you're at it, where's the proof of any wrongdoing between Rezko and Obama? Or is this another Whitewater?

    Pretty apparent he is in full campaign mode. That's all he knows how to do.

    As far as wrongdoing between Rezko and Obama, there have been no allegations of such. It was well known that at the time Rezko was involved with Obama on that real estate deal, he was already under investigation.



    Obama is no more or less in campaign mode than any other politician.

    If there was no wrongdoing between Obama and Rezko why do you keep bringing it up?

    Romney and Gingrich don't happen to hold office at present. Given Obama is in campaign mode, his time and goals are for his reelection versus what is best for he country.

    The association with Rezko is relevant as it is an indication of character.
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    Nov 23, 2011 5:49 AM GMT
    socalfitness said
    Christian73 said
    socalfitness said
    Christian73 said
    socalfitness said
    CHRISTOPHER34 saidMaybe Obama will pardon him.

    He won't. He only does what is politically beneficial. Even his visits to the toilet are reviewed and approved by the Obama Reelection staff in Chicago. That is the basis for every decision he makes. The country can go to hell, it's only about his reelection.


    And your proof for this is...?

    While you're at it, where's the proof of any wrongdoing between Rezko and Obama? Or is this another Whitewater?

    Pretty apparent he is in full campaign mode. That's all he knows how to do.

    As far as wrongdoing between Rezko and Obama, there have been no allegations of such. It was well known that at the time Rezko was involved with Obama on that real estate deal, he was already under investigation.



    Obama is no more or less in campaign mode than any other politician.

    If there was no wrongdoing between Obama and Rezko why do you keep bringing it up?

    Romney and Gingrich don't happen to hold office at present. Given Obama is in campaign mode, his time and goals are for his reelection versus what is best for he country.

    The association with Rezko is relevant as it is an indication of character.


    I wasn't talking about Romney or Newt. I was talking about the thousands of other elected officials who spend their time "working" for the taxpayers on a never-ending campaign. Just look at how often congresspeople and senators are absent from votes even when they only need to be in DC 2-3 weeks per month. It's a complete scandal and Obama is not the worst offender by any means.

    Rezko is a desperate dog that won't hunt.
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    Nov 23, 2011 6:55 AM GMT
    Christian73 said
    socalfitness said
    Christian73 said
    socalfitness said
    Christian73 said
    socalfitness said
    CHRISTOPHER34 saidMaybe Obama will pardon him.

    He won't. He only does what is politically beneficial. Even his visits to the toilet are reviewed and approved by the Obama Reelection staff in Chicago. That is the basis for every decision he makes. The country can go to hell, it's only about his reelection.


    And your proof for this is...?

    While you're at it, where's the proof of any wrongdoing between Rezko and Obama? Or is this another Whitewater?

    Pretty apparent he is in full campaign mode. That's all he knows how to do.

    As far as wrongdoing between Rezko and Obama, there have been no allegations of such. It was well known that at the time Rezko was involved with Obama on that real estate deal, he was already under investigation.



    Obama is no more or less in campaign mode than any other politician.

    If there was no wrongdoing between Obama and Rezko why do you keep bringing it up?

    Romney and Gingrich don't happen to hold office at present. Given Obama is in campaign mode, his time and goals are for his reelection versus what is best for he country.

    The association with Rezko is relevant as it is an indication of character.


    I wasn't talking about Romney or Newt. I was talking about the thousands of other elected officials who spend their time "working" for the taxpayers on a never-ending campaign. Just look at how often congresspeople and senators are absent from votes even when they only need to be in DC 2-3 weeks per month. It's a complete scandal and Obama is not the worst offender by any means.

    Rezko is a desperate dog that won't hunt.

    Whether Obama is the worst offender is beside the point. He is president and the country needs a full time leader, which they are not getting.

    Rezko is just part of a pattern that raises significant doubts about Obama's judgement and character.