Obama funneled state money to family

posted at 8:50 am on October 7, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

The Associated Press has probed Barack Obama’s earmarking activities in the Illinois state senate and discovered two grants that put state money in the hands of Michelle Obama’s cousin.  Capers Funnye received $75,000 from Obama for his organization, Blue Gargoyle, for adult literacy and youth group activities:

As a state senator, Democrat Barack Obama awarded $75,000 in government grants to a Chicago social service organization led by a rabbi who is also his wife’s cousin, records show.

In 1999, Obama arranged for $50,000 for adult literacy and counseling services offered on Chicago’s South Side by a group called Blue Gargoyle. A $25,000 grant for the group’s youth services followed the next year.

The group’s executive director when the grants were awarded was Capers Funnye, a South Side rabbi and Michelle Obama’s first cousin once removed.

Funnye (pronounced fun-NAY) said Monday there was nothing improper about the way Blue Gargoyle obtained the grants. Obama did not encourage him to apply for the money, he said, and Funnye denied using family connections to pressure Obama to approve the application.

So Obama had no idea that his wife’s cousin ran this group when he earmarked the money?  That seems very, very difficult to believe.  Funnye had to apply for the grants, and his name would have been on the application.  Just the act of filing that application with Obama makes it clear that he sought favors from Obama, specifically Obama, and that Obama granted them.

Funnye claims that the earmarks (called “member initiatives” in Illinois) met legislative guidelines, but none existed during that period for earmarks.  Legislators could spend taxpayer money without restriction and used the system to reward constituencies — and cronies.  The governor wanted a major public-works bill passed, and in order to get that, made hundreds of millions of dollars available for politicians like Obama to spread around.  In other words, the governor (Republican Jim Edgar at that time) paid off the legislature with earmarks that strengthened their political standing in their districts.

Nothing demonstrates the corrosive nature of earmarking, and why that process leads to runaway government spending, better than this example.  Edgar couldn’t get that public-works bill passed without spreading pork around the legislature.  (It should be remembered, though, that Edgar is known for having reduced government overall.)  Pork greases the gears that allow big spending bills to pass, and even worse, it creates a permanent class of legislators who rarely face significant challenges in their districts.  It’s not the amount of money wasted in pork spending that undermines democracy — it’s the mechanism itself.

Barack Obama reveled in that system.  He sent money to friends and family (Michael Pfleger and Jeremiah Wright were two more recipients of his largesse) as an Illinois state senator, and as a US Senator, he sent money to his wife’s employer.  Obama requested more than a million dollars a day in earmarks in his first three years in the Senate.  He’s not part of the solution to Washington’s corruption — he’s part of the problem.


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He should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

mindhacker on October 7, 2008 at 8:51 AM

When it rains, it pours.

Why do I detect the fingerprints of the Clinton’s all over these recent MSM revelations of Oslime-a’s shady dealings?

csdeven on October 7, 2008 at 8:51 AM

Distractions!!
That is not the Funnye I knew!

HoosierCon on October 7, 2008 at 8:52 AM

Funnye Mon-nay. Somebody had to say it.

hoosiermama on October 7, 2008 at 8:52 AM

This was Obama’s version of a “Faith Based Initiative”, right?

unclesmrgol on October 7, 2008 at 8:53 AM

When it rains, it pours.

Why do I detect the fingerprints of the Clinton’s all over these recent MSM revelations of Oslime-a’s shady dealings?

csdeven on October 7, 2008 at 8:51 AM

right now I don’t care who is making them carry this stuff I’m just glad it is finally being covered

theguardianii on October 7, 2008 at 8:55 AM

Changey & Hopey is really all about old school thug Chicago style politics; we tell the people what to think, and they better damn well think as we say or suffer the consequences.

Obama is a puppet of a much greater evil!

Keemo on October 7, 2008 at 8:56 AM

Unqualified, corrupt and incompetent.

This guy should have been beaten over the head with these three words from the beginning of the campaign, because he is the personification of all three.

Worst – Nominee – Ever.

NoDonkey on October 7, 2008 at 8:56 AM

I hope somebody checks his families freezer’s!a hem!

canopfor on October 7, 2008 at 8:57 AM

Capers Funnye received $75,000 from Obama for his organization, Blue Gargoyle,

CAPERS FUNNYE?! What the fark kind of name is that? Are these people for real? Why didn’t he just call himself Dudley Doright? Or Roger T. Fahrquahr? Good grief.

ManlyRash on October 7, 2008 at 8:58 AM

Would it be racist to bring this up, tonight?

Star20 on October 7, 2008 at 8:59 AM

Is their any law Hopey hasn’t broken!!

canopfor on October 7, 2008 at 8:59 AM

“This is NOT the $75,000 I knew!”

Star20 on October 7, 2008 at 9:00 AM

Why do I detect the fingerprints of the Clinton’s all over these recent MSM revelations of Oslime-a’s shady dealings? -csdeven on October 7, 2008 at 8:51 AM

Because you know them and their M.O. as well as anyone here, CSD. I thought the same thing myself. I figured that, sooner or later, the shoes would start dropping and they have. I’ve a feeling it’s gonna get worse in the next week.

The Lizard Queen will have her revenge.

ManlyRash on October 7, 2008 at 9:00 AM

It amazes me that all this is coming out now? Im glad..but why hasnt this been outed before?

oh yea…MSM in the tank.

becki51758 on October 7, 2008 at 9:01 AM

So Obama had no idea that his wife’s cousin ran this group when he earmarked the money

Blue Gargoyle is not only South Side, but located in Hyde Park, right in the middle of the University of Chicago campus, just a few blocks east of Michelle’s place of work (when she works), and just a few blocks south of Obama’s home.

Of course he knew.

misslizzi on October 7, 2008 at 9:02 AM

Why do I detect the fingerprints of the Clinton’s all over these recent MSM revelations of Oslime-a’s shady dealings?

csdeven on October 7, 2008 at 8:51 AM

If Hill and Bill want to help keep Obama out of the White House, I am okay with that. It may the first redeeming things they’ve done.

BigD on October 7, 2008 at 9:03 AM

SO how much money is he going to send to family in Kenya, should he get elected?

TheHat on October 7, 2008 at 9:05 AM

At least Obama has an accomplishment as a state senator: embezzlement!

Right_of_Attila on October 7, 2008 at 9:06 AM

Why do I detect the fingerprints of the Clinton’s all over these recent MSM revelations of Oslime-a’s shady dealings?

csdeven on October 7, 2008 at 8:51 AM

Not sure, but if so, I thank them very much!

Oink on October 7, 2008 at 9:06 AM

csdeven on October 7, 2008 at 8:51 AM

Dude. It’s like you’re reading my mind. October is a craaaaaazy month.

Weight of Glory on October 7, 2008 at 9:07 AM

Why do I detect the fingerprints of the Clinton’s….

csdeven on Oct 7,2008 at 8:51AM.

csdeven: Thats because Hillary IS The Vast Right Wing
Conspiracy!!haha:)

canopfor on October 7, 2008 at 9:07 AM

This reads like a Dick Tracy screenplay:

Capers Funnye, Blue Gargoyle…..

Who makes up these names?

Hening on October 7, 2008 at 9:08 AM

Yeah, yeah, blame it on the Jews.

Or whatever passes for Jews these days.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on October 7, 2008 at 9:08 AM

Maybe there are a lot of guys named Capers Funnye in Illinois, and Obambi didn’t know that this Capers Funnye happened to be his wife’s cousin.

Yeah. That works.

Cicero43 on October 7, 2008 at 9:08 AM

Friends, right now some of our side’s best friends are the PUMAs. Until Nov. 5, let’s keep ‘em on our side.

either orr on October 7, 2008 at 9:09 AM

Now this helped Michelle’s children…

“There was nothing funny, nothing below board,” Funnye said. “Everything was done according to whatever guidelines the state of Illinois had in place.”

Saying you were in the “guidelines” of Chicago politics is not the bet argument. Especially with the response McCain got with that great line of “if I wanted political advice, I wouldn’t ask it from a Chicago politician”.
The book is being opened on Obama, and people will stop focusing on Palin, and re-focus on the top of the ticket.

right2bright on October 7, 2008 at 9:11 AM

Why do I detect the fingerprints of the Clinton’s all over these recent MSM revelations of Oslime-a’s shady dealings?

csdeven on October 7, 2008 at 8:51 AM
If Hill and Bill want to help keep Obama out of the White House, I am okay with that. It may the first redeeming things they’ve done.

BigD on October 7, 2008 at 9:03 AM

I sense something…a presence I’ve not felt since…

Browncoatone on October 7, 2008 at 9:11 AM

Another day, another Obama money scandal.

SoulGlo on October 7, 2008 at 9:13 AM

Off Topic but very interesting:

On FOX just now…Jerome Corsi has been detained in Kenya. He was over there to see George Obama and the government claims he doesn’t have the right papers.

Disturb the Universe on October 7, 2008 at 9:15 AM

I think it is pretty apparent that the Clinton’s and some of their insiders are feeding info to McCain.
You don’t get the president of the LA chapter of NOW to stand up for Palin without all the feminists leaders (aka Hillary supporters) being fully informed.
There is no doubt that Hillary has always been a good friend of McCain, they have always had a close relationship. And Bill talks highly of McCain.
I would bet if you checked Sandy Berger socks, you would find some interesting papers being passed to McCain…

right2bright on October 7, 2008 at 9:15 AM

This is akin to Obama saying he was not aware of Bill Ayers background while sitting in his living room.

As anyone from Chicago in knew, and that neighborhood in particular, Ayers and Dohrn are its most famous couple. The mad bombers, living in plain site, raising two kids and then escaping long prison terms on a technicality. They were stars. Everyone knows their stories. To some they are cult heroes.

Yet Obama says he did not know! Sure.

I can hear Obama now, “you want me to believe that my wife has a Rabbi for a cousin once removed? That’s not the wife I knew”.

patrick neid on October 7, 2008 at 9:17 AM

This story is all Hsu Funnye! (sorry Ed, couldn’t help it)

Rovin on October 7, 2008 at 9:18 AM

Because you know them and their M.O. as well as anyone here, CSD. I thought the same thing myself. I figured that, sooner or later, the shoes would start dropping and they have. I’ve a feeling it’s gonna get worse in the next week.

The Lizard Queen will have her revenge.

ManlyRash on October 7, 2008 at 9:00 AM

But why doesn’t this matter to people? They can’t be that dumb as to only listen to the media every day, for 30 days can they? And how can all the other media keep ignoring this stuff without looking just plain unprofessional?
I really am naive because I can’t believe this (and I’m depressed about it)

Moxie on October 7, 2008 at 9:19 AM

I think it is pretty apparent that the Clinton’s and some of their insiders are feeding info to McCain.
right2bright on October 7, 2008 at 9:15 AM

This would be the time….

patrick neid on October 7, 2008 at 9:19 AM

SO how much money is he going to send to family in Kenya, should he get elected?

TheHat on October 7, 2008 at 9:05 AM

He made $4.2 million last year and his brother made $12.00. That alone should tell anyone all they really need to know about him.

CC

CapedConservative on October 7, 2008 at 9:21 AM

Obama’s Golden Fleece trumps Sarah’s Troopergate, doesn’t it?

rich801 on October 7, 2008 at 9:22 AM

This seems like a big deal to me. But then, so did Ayers, Wright, and Rezko. So please, enlighten me: Is there any reason on earth to expect this to go anywhere but this venue? Or will it fall into the pile of all the other unethical Dem’s funneling money to relatives?

anniekc on October 7, 2008 at 9:24 AM

Friends, you have got to see this.
ROFLMAO.

either orr on October 7, 2008 at 9:24 AM

He should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
mindhacker on October 7, 2008 at 8:51 AM

Good idea, except for this part:

Funnye claims that the earmarks…met legislative guidelines, but none existed during that period for earmarks.

Therefore, there is no controlling legal authority.

Kafir on October 7, 2008 at 9:25 AM

Chicago politics.

lodge on October 7, 2008 at 9:25 AM

He made $4.2 million last year and his brother made $12.00. That alone should tell anyone all they really need to know about him.

CC

CapedConservative on October 7, 2008 at 9:21 AM

Obama would say that between him and his brother, they averaged $2.1 million in wages.
Meanwhile, they are holding up a writer that was going to deliver $1,000 to his brother, in Kenya.

right2bright on October 7, 2008 at 9:25 AM

OT: A U.S. plane has been forced to land in Iran after it violated Iranian airspace, Reuters reports.
Only information so far via Fox News.

carbon_footprint on October 7, 2008 at 9:26 AM

and McCain should call him on it in debate. and specifically mention Rev. Wright received pork via Obama

jp on October 7, 2008 at 9:26 AM

I think it is pretty apparent that the Clinton’s and some of their insiders are feeding info to McCain.
right2bright on October 7, 2008 at 9:15 AM

This would be the time….

patrick neid on October 7, 2008 at 9:19 AM

The downside is that, if McCain wins, he’ll probably reward Hillary with a Cabinet position.

BigD on October 7, 2008 at 9:26 AM

Judgement to lead?

Obama announces some cabinet choices:

Secretary of State: George Soros

Homeland Security: Bernadine Dorhn

Education Secretary: William Ayers

National Security Adivser: Rashid Khalidi

Housing Secretary: Tony Rezko

First Supreme Court Appointee: Hillary Clinton

Attorney General: William J Clinton

Other “advisors” – Rev J Wright and Rev. J Meeks

Oh if only Frank Marshall Davis were alive to see his little Obama now.

OSUBuciz1 on October 7, 2008 at 9:27 AM

Friends, you have got to see this.
ROFLMAO.

either orr on October 7, 2008 at 9:24 AM

That’s a good video…

right2bright on October 7, 2008 at 9:33 AM

OSUBuciz1 on October 7, 2008 at 9:27 AM

Poet Laureate: Jesse Jackson, the Elder.

bloggless on October 7, 2008 at 9:33 AM

Obama requested more than a million dollars a day in earmarks in his first three years in the Senate.

That would make a great addition to tonight’s debate.

eucher on October 7, 2008 at 9:33 AM

NEXT UP- Show the “community organizing” to be based on Saul Alinsky’s Communist methods of taking power. Hussein Obama needs to be beaten over the head with this continually until Nov. 4

The Socialist Dems want to tie McCain to Bush, tie Obama to socialism/communism. Viva Che’!!!!!!!!!!

adamsmith on October 7, 2008 at 9:34 AM

Gotta getta bigger bus!

Shy Guy on October 7, 2008 at 9:36 AM

I suspect the Clinton operatives are in full investigative mode behind the scenes feeding information to the press! Alas, the John McNumbnuts campaign is too incompetent to come up with this stuff on it’s own. They are going to owe Hillary BIG TIME!

sabbott on October 7, 2008 at 9:40 AM

Lots of Funnye Capers going on in Obamaland.

Steve Z on October 7, 2008 at 9:42 AM

You know, Obama could be guilty of a dozen federal crimes and he would get a free pass. The Democrats concocted a masterful strategy by campaigning for the Cult of Hopenchange vice solely for Obama. Ergo, no matter what Obama the man is accused/guilty of, the movement continues on.

I hope all of the members of the Cult of Obama drink the magic kool-aid and keel over.

m064404 on October 7, 2008 at 9:44 AM

Secretary of State: George Soros

Yes, & Soros will be the Puppet Master, like Putin in Russia.

jgapinoy on October 7, 2008 at 9:46 AM

Barack Obama reveled in that system. He sent money to friends and family (Michael Pfleger and Jeremiah Wright were two more recipients of his largesse) as an Illinois state senator, and as a US Senator, he sent money to his wife’s employer. Obama requested more than a million dollars a day in earmarks in his first three years in the Senate. He’s not part of the solution to Washington’s corruption — he’s part of the problem.

Have John McCain or Sarah Palin read that last paragraph into a television camera, and you have a nice thirty second spot.

gridlock2 on October 7, 2008 at 9:46 AM

O! should have written the check to Billy Jeff when he had the chance…

RocketmanBob on October 7, 2008 at 9:48 AM

The downside is that, if McCain wins, he’ll probably reward Hillary with a Cabinet position.

BigD on October 7, 2008 at 9:26 AM

Highly doubtful but if that’s what it takes so be it. Palin would be VP! I’ll make that deal.

patrick neid on October 7, 2008 at 9:54 AM

Why doesn’t Barry funnel some money to a family member who really needs it–like his African relative who lives in a hut?

m064404 on October 7, 2008 at 9:54 AM

The AP is reporting this?

Hmmm…I smell Arkansas in this too.

Bob's Kid on October 7, 2008 at 9:55 AM

Guys, please, listen to yourselves. Your story so far is that nine years ago, at Obama’s behest, $75k of the Illinois taxpayers’ money was awarded to — horrors! — an adult literacy program run by a rabbi. There is no allegation of wrongdoing, no-one claims that the rabbi pocketed the money or that any money was passed back to Obama. All you can say is that the Rabbi is Obama’s wife’s cousin (which is apparently a fact that was disclosed at the time) and that he has a funny name.

You know, if I were an undecided voter and I saw that this is the best dirt the Reps can come up with, I might be led to believe that this Obama guy must be squeeky clean.

factoid on October 7, 2008 at 9:55 AM

SO how much money is he going to send to family in Kenya, should he get elected?

Why, I don’t know how much Baldilocks has raised so far.

Oh, wait, you didn’t ask how much they received, but how much specifically from Sen. Obama. Oops.

MamaAJ on October 7, 2008 at 9:56 AM

O.K., so math is not my forte – and speaking of “funneling money”:

Soon after the Chicago hospital where Michelle O “works” received a $1,000,000 earmark courtesy of IL Senator B. Obama, Michelle’s salary went from 100k/year to 300k/year.

Q. #1: Is this just the customary 20% Cook County “kickback” coming into play?

Q. # 2 Is it ethical for a U.S. Senator to benefit financially from an earmark he has implemented?

alwyr on October 7, 2008 at 9:58 AM

You know, if I were an undecided voter and I saw that this is the best dirt the Reps can come up with, I might be led to believe that this Obama guy must be squeeky clean.

factoid on October 7, 2008 at 9:55 AM

It’s not the best. It’s just the beginning.

misslizzi on October 7, 2008 at 10:04 AM

Stop the presses:

BUSH FUNNELED $1.4 BILLION TO BROTHER

Disgraced FEMA chief admits all.

factoid on October 7, 2008 at 10:05 AM

Secretary of State: George Soros
Yes, & Soros will be the Puppet Master, like Putin in Russia.

jgapinoy on October 7, 2008 at 9:46 AM

I heard Obama is thinking of creating a prime minister post for Soros.

Rick on October 7, 2008 at 10:07 AM

I still want to know where those hundreds of millions in Fannie Mae Foundation dollars went.

DrSteve on October 7, 2008 at 10:07 AM

I still want to know where those hundreds of millions in Fannie Mae Foundation dollars went.

DrSteve on October 7, 2008 at 10:07 AM

To help Michelle’s children.

Rick on October 7, 2008 at 10:08 AM

Pro-Regulation?
I like McCain’s attack on Obama
: if Obama were so fond of regulation why was he missing in action. Actually, Obama was AWOL during “bail-out” House effort, but FURTHERMORE a saboteur during the entire process from prosecuting banks for the sake of ACORN’s abuse of our economy, all the way to accepting BRIBE contributions from Freddy&Fanny to cover-up the spiral down.

Regulate grant applicants deny any relationship to the board, whether by blood, marriage, or by program.

Regulate national wording of voter registration requirements to prove citizenship and social-security-number prior to voter photo-ID card required in order to vote whether early, online or on election day.

maverick muse on October 7, 2008 at 10:08 AM

Send him to prison!

Don’t worry..a nation of islam guy like Barack Hussein will do just fine there.

He won’t have to worry about being gay raped at all(unless he’s into that sort of thing of course)

SaintOlaf on October 7, 2008 at 10:09 AM

Why doesn’t Barry funnel some money to a family member who really needs it–like his African relative who lives in a hut?

m064404 on October 7, 2008 at 9:54 AM

Because Barry is also running a campaign in Kenya, and thus has more important things to worry about than his brother.

Rick on October 7, 2008 at 10:11 AM

Hey McCain, more ammo for you for tonight!

pilamaye on October 7, 2008 at 10:17 AM

Capers Funnye is a real clown. It sounds like he runs a cult.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capers_C._Funnye_Jr.

Blake on October 7, 2008 at 10:25 AM

factoid on October 7, 2008 at 10:05 AM

That’s great. Now I would be worried if people actually thought that way, that would be one weird thought process, one strange weirdo to actually believe such a thing. But I am sure some liberal would post that and think it is something tangible, that is how they think.
Thanks for the laugh…

right2bright on October 7, 2008 at 10:43 AM

I must make the obvious pun:

This is definitely “funny(e) money(e)”. And as other Hot Airians have noted goes along with the millions of dollars that Obama earmarked in the US Senate for Michelle’s employer that resulted in a tripling of her salary. Not a bad investment.

eaglewingz08 on October 7, 2008 at 10:59 AM

BTW, given that Michelle has been on the trail with Obama for twenty months, and that Federal law only allows one year of unpaid leave for employees for family problems or situations, exactly how is Michelle justifying receiving HER full salary when she hasn’t been contributing her full time efforts to her hospital job during this time period?

eaglewingz08 on October 7, 2008 at 11:01 AM

The Lizard Queen will have her revenge.

ManlyRash

Even though & because she didn’t end up squatting on the cherry blossom throne.

lobosan5 on October 7, 2008 at 11:14 AM

Liar, Crook, Radical, Marxist. What could possibly go wrong?

marklmail on October 7, 2008 at 11:22 AM

“Capers Funnye?” Wasn’t he one of the “anonymous” donors to Osama Obama’s campaign? From the town of “DFDFDFDFDFYG?”

I wouldn’t suggest that McCain mention this one tonight. How the hell can anyone say “Capers Funnye” with a straight face? Better he sticks to easy names, like Frank, Pelosi, Ayers, Rezko, Wright….

MrScribbler on October 7, 2008 at 11:25 AM

The Audacity of Rope-a-Dope

saint kansas on October 7, 2008 at 11:40 AM

Obama is the Sgt. Shultz of Stalag USA. I see NOTHING! I know NOTHING!

ronsfi on October 7, 2008 at 11:43 AM

And still Obama has the guts to stand out & say he didn’t know.
The time has finally come when we are calling good evil, and evil good.

Badger40 on October 7, 2008 at 12:01 PM

It’s not the best. It’s just the beginning.

misslizzi on October 7, 2008 at 10:04 AM

I typically don’t like to feed the trolls, but that right there is good misslizzi.

Let’s roll!

ex-Democrat on October 7, 2008 at 12:06 PM

Today the media is telling us that:

Voters don’t care about the Obama/Ayers connection.

McCain will lose big if he goes negative on Obama in ads or at the debate.

It’s just time for republicans to give up, as the election has already been decided.

Let’s hope that none of us follow their advise.

Dorvillian on October 7, 2008 at 12:18 PM

The more we look, the more we find…
What Dorvillian said.

Christine on October 7, 2008 at 12:52 PM

Capers Funnye? Are these people for real? Maybe he’s good friends with Fruto Boy Crispila.

Travis Bickle on October 7, 2008 at 1:54 PM

Guess Obama didn’t consult Wikipedia about Rabbi Funnye, which clearly states his relationship to Michelle Obama.

The mud just keeps getting deeper and deeper with this guy.

Blue-eyed Infidel on October 7, 2008 at 4:24 PM

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