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Obama Super PAC Leans on Chicago Machine

Postby pcmoore28 » Tue Feb 21, 2012 7:20 pm

The sole major contributor to Obama’s Priorities USA PAC for the month of January is a longtime ally of the president with ties to the Illinois political machine, including convicted fraudster Tony Rezko and disgraced former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich.

Priorities USA raised a mere $59,000 in January, according to the Federal Election Commission. Almost all of it came from Obama fundraiser John W. Rogers, who donated $50,000.

Rogers is the CEO of Ariel Investments, the largest minority-run mutual fund firm in the U.S. He raised more than $500,000 for Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign as a bundler.

Rogers and his Chicago-based firm’s ties to the president go back to Obama’s time as an Illinois State Senator.

In 2000 and 2001, Obama urged Illinois pension funds to give more business to black-owned investment firms, such as Ariel. The year after Obama’s pitch, the Illinois teacher retirement system reported an 18 percent increase in assets managed by minority-owned firms.

By 2005, Ariel was managing $578 million in state pension funds and had become a supporter of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s re-election campaign. Ariel Investments and its executives donated $117,500 to Blagojevich, making it the second largest contributor with ties to the Illinois state pension business.

Rogers told the Chicago Sun-Times the donations reflected a close philosophical alignment with Blagojevich.

Also in 2005, then-U.S. Senator Obama took 23 private aircraft flights—before he decided to institute an office-wide ban on gifts and privately funded travel—often to attend and headline fundraisers he headlined. One plane was controlled by Rogers.

In 2006, Tony Rezko was indicted in a federal investigation and charged with attempting to extort million of dollars in kickbacks from money managements firms seeking to do business with the Illinois Teachers Retirement System.

When news of the investigation became public, the teacher pension board dropped its relationship with Ariel.

Rezko was sentenced to more than a decade in prison in 2011 after being convicted on 16 counts of corruption and fraud. Court documents from Rezko’s case show Rezko raised $22,500 for Blagojevich through Rogers.

Blagojevich was arrested in December of 2008 on federal corruption charges, including trying to sell President Obama’s vacant Senate seat.

Priorities USA did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
http://freebeacon.com/obama-super-pac-leans-on-chicago-machine/

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Re: Obama Super PAC Leans on Chicago Machine

Postby Arius » Mon Feb 27, 2012 7:56 pm

I thought Israel was his owner. They're not?
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Re: Obama Super PAC Leans on Chicago Machine

Postby Mojo » Mon Feb 27, 2012 8:41 pm

Arius wrote:I thought Israel was his owner. They're not?


Not like the Israeli firster and dual Israeli/American citizen mayor of Chicago that served in the IDF and not any US branch of military has anything to do with Israel right?

Nice try.
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Re: Obama Super PAC Leans on Chicago Machine

Postby Arius » Mon Feb 27, 2012 9:39 pm

So the sole donator is Israel, not Chicago? I thought Obama was Muslim and apologizing for burning Korans? How does this work?
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Re: Obama Super PAC Leans on Chicago Machine

Postby Mojo » Tue Feb 28, 2012 7:25 am

There you go with your usual attept at obfuscation. I expect no less from you.
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Re: Obama Super PAC Leans on Chicago Machine

Postby Mojo » Tue Feb 28, 2012 7:48 am

http://www.richardsilverstein.com/tikun ... will-wait/

Now, Israel’s two top leaders head to Washington for separate sets of talks in the coming days. Bibi comes for his annual triumphal curtain call before the Aipac national conference. There he will certainly repeat his baleful predictions of what a world with Iranian nukes would be like. It could be his last speech in this country before an Israeli attack.

It’s uncertain what he will discuss with Pres. Obama, with whom he will meet. The president seems more the supplicant than the officiant in this relationship. He doesn’t want Israel to attack. But both he and Bibi know that he doesn’t have the will to stop him. It feels to me like possibly the final stop on the way to war.

Obama is so desperate, if this account is to be believed, that he’s offered Israel use of our Middle East bases from which to launch its attack at a later date:

U.S. intelligence and special operations officials have tried to keep a dialogue going with Israel despite the high-level impasse, offering options such as allowing Israel to use U.S. bases in the region to launch such a strike, as a way to make sure the Israelis give the Americans a heads-up, according to the U.S. official and a former U.S. official with knowledge of the communications.


Obama hasn't stood up to Israel once, yet has opted for what he terms as 'crippling sanctions' against Iran, which is an act of war. He kisses everyones ass except the American people.
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Re: Obama Super PAC Leans on Chicago Machine

Postby Mojo » Tue Feb 28, 2012 9:00 am

http://washington.cbslocal.com/2012/02/ ... -programs/

WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of dollars in White House money has helped pay for New York Police Department programs that put entire American Muslim neighborhoods under surveillance.

The money is part of a little-known grant intended to help law enforcement fight drug crimes. Since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the Bush and Obama administrations have provided $135 million to the New York and New Jersey region through the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program, known as HIDTA.


This is too easy! :box:
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Re: Obama Super PAC Leans on Chicago Machine

Postby Arius » Tue Feb 28, 2012 5:18 pm

So Obama ISN'T Muslim?
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