Friday, January 25, 2008
The scoop on Tony Rezko, Barack Obama, and the Clintons
Ok, many have seen the video of the Sotuh Carolina debate in which Senator Hillary Clinton brought up Senator Barack Obama's history with Tony Rezko. Rezko has been indicted by the Federal government and will soon stand trial. Now there has been a photo of Mr. Rezko having a profession photo taken with him and First ladt Hillary Clinton and President Bill Clinton.
This morning on the "Today" show, Senator Clinton has said she does not know Mr. Rezko. It is true that when one is President and First Lady, you do numerous photo shoots with people you may never see or meet again.
Well, I did some research and it appears neither Antoin "Tony" Rezko, nor anyone with the last name "Rezko", has ever given any campaign donations to either Bill or Hillary Clinton (click here for the entire list of Rezko contributions). Mr. Rezko has donated to the campaigns of Al Gore, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, Rick Lazio, John Kerry, and Barabara Boxer. The largest contribution he has made is $15,000 to the "DNC SERVICES CORPORATION/DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE". Also, I found that among those who Rezko has contributed to more than once are George W. Bush, John Kerry, Barack Obama, Rod Blagojevich, and Luis V. Gutierrez (For another comprehensive list, click here).
So the "grand" discovery of this photo of the Clintons with Tony Rezko does not appear to lead to any legitimate "connections" between the Clintons and Mr. Rezko. Rezko appears to have spread his money all over the place, mostly to Democrats. In this case (until other information appears) the Clintons are not being deceitful, they are just throwing mud around.