New RNC ad: Obama’s Money Man

posted at 11:30 am on June 5, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

The RNC didn’t waste time after the announcement of the verdicts convicting Tony Rezko of corruption and fraud yesterday. Within 24 hours, they have launched a new ad highlighting the links between Barack Obama and his real-estate partner and fundraiser. Titled “Obama’s Money Man”, it reminds people that Obama had plenty of information available to exercise better judgment on his associate:

As I wrote earlier this morning, Obama’s notion that the convicted Rezko “isn’t the Tony Rezko I knew” makes Obama either a liar or an incompetent. Well before entering a partnership on a real-estate venture with Rezko, Chicago newspapers had reported on a number of allegations of corruption and criminality against Rezko. It stretches the imagination to the point of incredulity to think that Obama and his staff in Illinois didn’t read the Chicago newspapers and knew nothing of the federal investigation on Rezko that had been made public well before Obama’s election to the US Senate.

Rezko raised $250,000 for Obama during the course of his political career. Rezko’s criminal convictions reflect his lawbreaking in part through his fundraising activities for other Democrats, notably Rod Blagojevich, who may not be Governor for very much longer as a result of this conviction. As Stephen Spruiell makes clear, part of Rezko’s illegal activities put at least $10,000 into Obama’s coffers. He also details how Obama helped Rezko package one of the deals in which Rezko bought property to qualify for public funds while working as an attorney in a Chicago law firm.

Rezko wasn’t just some guy on the cocktail-circuit for Obama or a campaign donor. Rezko was a close associate on several levels. Assuming that Barack Obama knew nothing of Rezko’s criminal business practices, how adept could Obama be?


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This ad, sir, is racist.

Aristotle on June 5, 2008 at 11:33 AM

It’s a matter of keeping the material up front and personal through November’s election on behalf of the MSM that won’t. I’ll say it again. Rove wrote of the need to organize in order to win. So we keep the lake choppy as Berry skis and his boat flies the banner: he’s walking on water NOT.

Worse than any contender, Berry is for sale. He leased himself to Islam, Rezco, the SDS and Black Panther laureates, and Wright to get where he is. There is absolutely no reason to doubt Obama’s intent to sell out all that could be held sacred about the USA to Iran et.al. in exchange for prime property in Dubai, Qatar or elsewhere globally, and international business arrangements linking back to ties made during his first job following Columbia ‘83 graduation.

That Berry would assume that he can handle the likes of Ahmedinejad is madness based upon how “easy” it was to link up with and then dismiss Rezco, Wright and the rest of Berry’s old posse. Berry actually thinks he can give Ahmedinejad the cold shoulder after sharing a warm bath together at spa? No, Berry has no intention of standing up against Ahmedinejad, ever. That’s why the nicey PC talksy now from the Democrat Flimflam Man. He might weasel out a whine when he rolls over playing dead under attack from jihad, but that’s as much a fight as Obama will muster under the gun given the deals he makes. Obama will be known for personal realty holdings around the globe. His Chicago mansion will be squat compared to what he aims to TAKE from the White House. At least as Hillary took what wasn’t nailed down when the Clintons left the White House, it remained standing.

maverick muse on June 5, 2008 at 11:36 AM

I suppose that the Dems will drag out McCain’s associations with the Keating Five.

NNtrancer on June 5, 2008 at 11:38 AM

Good ad because it doesn’t accuse Obama of anything illegal, it attacks his apparent naivete and ignorance.

NotCoach on June 5, 2008 at 11:39 AM

Damn Republicans, always going after the italians, I knew Republicans hated white people.

Obama will dodge this like the plague and the media won’t even try and bring it up. This is somewhere around number 15 on things that should hurt Obama, so we’ll just throw a tarp over it.

Rbastid on June 5, 2008 at 11:40 AM

Michelle’s kids are being negatively affected by this ad.

Bishop on June 5, 2008 at 11:41 AM

This ad never fed one chile.

Akzed on June 5, 2008 at 11:45 AM

Re Keating Five, the only reason why McCain was charged was because when the democratic investigator told the commission that McCain was not involved and needed to be dropped, the democratic committee wouldn’t allow it because McCain was the only republican, and the investigation couldn’t continue against just democrats.

You want to know why nothing nasty sticks to McCain? Because he is an honest, decent man, that’s why. I disagree with a lot of his positions, but his character is sound.

JustTruth101 on June 5, 2008 at 11:46 AM

I think this is a good ad. So which is it… liar or incompetent? Hope I am not being a racist here.

Hunt035 on June 5, 2008 at 11:47 AM

No matter what the Dems drag out, it’s already been thoroughly dealt with repeatedly.

That the GOP is going to dredge Obama’s record would be worth a halleluia and praise be.

maverick muse on June 5, 2008 at 11:49 AM

distraction . . . nothing to see here

infidel2 on June 5, 2008 at 11:50 AM

NNtrancer on June 5, 2008 at 11:38 AM

The public has known about K5 for quite a while now. He already apologized for associating with Keating, and a 1991 Senate Ethics Committee report concluded, “(McCain’s) actions were not improper nor attended with gross negligence and did not reach the level of requiring institutional action against him”.

Rezko is new and his trial is still ongoing as he’s appealing and NV is looking to get at him.

amerpundit on June 5, 2008 at 11:52 AM

I think this is a good ad. So which is it… liar or incompetent? Hope I am not being a racist here.

Hunt035 on June 5, 2008 at 11:47 AM

LOL

OK, I’m gonna send the RNC some money. sigh, yet again I prove the old adage (or Sean Connery movie title)

Never say never again

funky chicken on June 5, 2008 at 11:54 AM

Doesn’t matter, the Democrats couldn’t care less. They only see problems when the crooks, traitors or liars are Republicans. There will be a Democrat in the White House next election that was certain the moment the GOP’s candidate was John McCain. Unfortunately conservatives see the crooks, liars, and traitors no matter which party they belong to.

Buzzy on June 5, 2008 at 11:54 AM

Buzzy on June 5, 2008 at 11:54 AM

Blind Democrats don’t have to see the problem. Independents and on-the-fencers do.

amerpundit on June 5, 2008 at 11:57 AM

Stop bamboozling people.

CP on June 5, 2008 at 11:57 AM

I thought Fox would be all over it. Guess not, looks like they already jumped ship. Losing Tuesday Night Ratings War behind CNN & MSNBC – Will Fox ever learn the lesson? People watch them for truthful reporting. Fox is mistaken – they will not succeed turning liberal.

Anita on June 5, 2008 at 11:57 AM

Assuming that Barack Obama knew nothing of Rezko’s criminal business practices, how adept could Obama be?

Crook or Dumbass?

What’s the upside …..

Great Orator Crook or,
Great Orator Dumbass?

fogw on June 5, 2008 at 11:59 AM

“I know nothing!!!!
Nothing!!!!!!”

Hening on June 5, 2008 at 12:00 PM

It’s the blind leading the blind … we can only hope that they all fall into a ditch.

ORrighty on June 5, 2008 at 12:00 PM

Maybe Barack doesn’t read the Chicago Sun Times, or maybe he just reads the comics.

If we don’t vote for Obama, we are racist. But, in this case, wouldn’t that be okay?

Barack really needs to start working out to fill up that empty suit..

originalpechanga on June 5, 2008 at 12:02 PM

Nail B. Hussein Obama. Maybe we now know why Hillary has only ‘suspended’ her bid for the Presidency

geminicontender on June 5, 2008 at 12:08 PM

Damn Republicans, always going after the italians…

Rbastid on June 5, 2008 at 11:40 AM

Ahem. That’s garlic noses to our politically correct, morally superior “betters” in the Obamasphere.

Gilda on June 5, 2008 at 12:09 PM

Please quit trying to attach Mr. Obama to all of these shady characters!!!!1!! What about Ronald Regean? He had ties to a chimp for crying out loud.
/

carbon_footprint on June 5, 2008 at 12:10 PM

Let’s have an ad to ask Obama if he’ll pardon Rezko if he becomes President.

Steve Z on June 5, 2008 at 12:13 PM

Notice no one mentions that Osama Obama bought his house from Rezko….

drjohn on June 5, 2008 at 12:15 PM

Let’s have an ad to ask Obama if he’ll pardon Rezko if he becomes President.

LOL

drjohn on June 5, 2008 at 12:16 PM

“That isn’t the Jeremiah Wright I knew.”
“That isn’t the Bill Ayers I knew.”
“That isn’t the Bernadine Dorhn I knew.”
“That isn’t the Michael Pfleger I knew.”
“That isn’t the Tony Rezko I knew.”

Beo on June 5, 2008 at 12:30 PM

What’s next…
“That isn’t the Mahmoud Ahmedinejad I knew..”

Beo on June 5, 2008 at 12:31 PM

To the MSM, any flaw that BO demonstrates is to be treated as if it were a moHam cartoon and quickly shelved and forgotten.

Move along sheeple, nothing to see here…

Swinehound on June 5, 2008 at 12:33 PM

“Maybe we now know why Hillary has only ’suspended’ her bid for the Presidency”

–geminicontender on June 5, 2008 at 12:08 PM

Perhaps Hillary will get herself a “My Cousin Vinny” moment in the court of public opinion after all…?

Swinehound on June 5, 2008 at 12:39 PM

Waiting for McVain to join Obambi in denouncing the ad.

james23 on June 5, 2008 at 12:39 PM

Please quit trying to attach Mr. Obama to all of these shady characters!!!!1!! What about Ronald Regean? He had ties to a chimp for crying out loud.
/

carbon_footprint on June 5, 2008 at 12:10 PM

Don’t make fun of Pappa Bush!

TexasJew on June 5, 2008 at 12:40 PM

I’m waiting for Olberdouche’s head to explode.

southsideironworks on June 5, 2008 at 12:41 PM

BHO: I object to this ad… Its exposes my lack of experience and poor judgment. It only confuses voters with facts.

Claypigeon on June 5, 2008 at 12:53 PM

I think this is a good ad. So which is it… liar or incompetent?

Hunt035 on June 5, 2008 at 11:47 AM

How about: both?

MrScribbler on June 5, 2008 at 1:11 PM

how adept could Obama be?

Don’t you mean “Inept” ?

franksalterego on June 5, 2008 at 1:50 PM

Re Keating Five, the only reason why McCain was charged was because when the democratic investigator told the commission that McCain was not involved and needed to be dropped,
JustTruth101 on June 5, 2008 at 11:46 AM

“Mr. Keating, his associates, and his friends contributed $56,000 for Senator McCain’s two House races in 1982 and 1984, and $54,000 for his 1986 Senate race. Mr. Keating also provided his corporate plane and/or arranged for payment for the use of commercial or private aircraft on several occasions for travel by Senator McCain and his family, for which Senator McCain ultimately provided reimbursement when called upon to do so. Mr. Keating also allowed Senator McCain and his family to vacation with Mr. Keating and his family, at a home provided by Mr. Keating in the Bahamas, in each of the calendar years 1983 through 1986.

“…[F]rom 1984 to 1987, Senator McCain took actions on Mr. Keating’s behalf or at his request. The Committee finds that Senator McCain had a basis for each of these actions independent of the contributions and benefits he received from Mr. Keating, his associates and friends.

And, of course, under McCain’s current standard, a politician who takes a principled position that may benefit a donor is corrupt, even if no law has been violated. The John McCain of old should be thankful that his political fate wasn’t determined by John McCain the reformer….Mark Levin

What he “got away” then would be imprisonment now. Those were the days that you could accept private jet (and all that entails with privacy)transportation and not have to report it.

right2bright on June 5, 2008 at 1:51 PM

Damn Republicans, always going after the italians, I knew Republicans hated white people.

Rbastid on June 5, 2008 at 11:40 AM

Tony Rezko is a Syrian
AKA Antoin S. Rezko
Born: 1955
Birthplace: Aleppo, Syria
Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: Middle Eastern
Party Affiliation: Democratic
Executive summary: Chicago chain restaurateur
Wife: Rita Rezko (3 children)
High School: Syria
University: Illinois Institute of Technology

Also, check out the Wikipedia page for Tony Rezko. It looks like it exploded. Many people are trying to make updates to it and it appears to be a tug-of-war.

evenkeel on June 5, 2008 at 2:40 PM

Here’s hoping their next ad will be about Jim Johnson, whose ruthless lobbying operation at Fannie Mae made Jack Abramoff look like a 5-yer-old and whose finagling of the Fannie Mae books to hide his colossal bonuses make Ken Lay’s shenanigans at Enron look tame. Johnson ought to be sharing a cell with Rezko, not helping Obama choose his running mate.

rockmom on June 5, 2008 at 3:00 PM

evenkeel – I have seen suggestions in some other blog posts that Rezko had some connections to Saddam Hussein and one of his co-investors was a big player in the Oil-for-Food scam. Could that be why Barack was so adamant about the U.S. not invading Iraq? Talk about questioning his judgment – if those dots can be connected, the entire premise for his candidacy is blown.

rockmom on June 5, 2008 at 3:02 PM

“It stretches the imagination to the point of incredulity to think that Obama and his staff in Illinois didn’t read the Chicago newspapers and knew nothing of the federal investigation on Rezko that had been made public well before Obama’s election to the US Senate.”

Isn’t the Dimocrat term “willful suspension of disbelief”?

GarandFan on June 5, 2008 at 5:03 PM

I have seen suggestions in some other blog posts that Rezko had some connections to Saddam Hussein and one of his co-investors was a big player in the Oil-for-Food scam. Could that be why Barack was so adamant about the U.S. not invading Iraq? Talk about questioning his judgment – if those dots can be connected, the entire premise for his candidacy is blown.

rockmom on June 5, 2008 at 3:02 PM

As I recall, Ed back in Captain’s Quarters wrote about Rezko’s connections to some Lebanese (?) arms dealer who was involved in the Oil for Food scam, and was jailed by the French—or something; I may be mixing up facts.

Ed, can you clarify?

MrLynn on June 5, 2008 at 5:44 PM

First, understand the Alinsky connection.

Then, understand that Saul Alinsky himself, in a letter to Hillary Clinton (see page 84 of http://www.gopublius.com/HCT/HillaryClintonThesis.pdf) said:

Today there is no lack of money for organization but what is undeniably clear is the major obstacle of the absence of trained sophisticated personnel who have highly developed organizational skills and talents for the purpose of building mass-based organizations.

Obama went through the training program.

Rezko was a primary source of the money.

Red Pill on June 5, 2008 at 5:58 PM

Oh, by the way, “Yes, we can!” comes from “Sí se puede!” which comes from César Chávez, who was a student of Alinsky.

Can it be any more obvious what both Clinton and Obama and the rest of “Progressive” Democrats are all about?

Program of the Communist Party USA
Author: 28th National Convention
First published: 05/19/2006 04:45 by the Communist Party, USA
The Road to Socialism USA:
Unity for Peace, Democracy, Jobs and Equality

Red Pill on June 5, 2008 at 6:08 PM