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Rezko Topic of GOP's Latest Anti-Obama Video

Less than two hours since a jury found Barack Obama's former neighbor Antoin "Tony" Rezko guilty of influence peddling, the GOP has released a new Web-only video, "Obama's Money Man."

The video plays back clips of Obama distancing himself from Rezko.

"Nobody had an inkling that he was involved in any problems," Obama says, among other clips. The video also cites news reports that suggest Rezko had wide influence over Illinois state politics, including the state senate, of which Obama was a member.

This video, in addition to two released last night, proves that Republicans are ready to roll out all sorts of negative information about Obama in the next four months.

-- Ed O'Keefe

By Ed O'Keefe |  June 5, 2008; 9:28 AM ET Barack Obama
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THE REPUBLICAN PARTY HAS NOTHING TO OFFER THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, THAT WHY THEY RUN THESE TYPES OF ADDS.

OBAMA 08

Posted by: G.R | June 5, 2008 10:38 AM

THE REPUBLICAN PARTY HAS NOTHING TO OFFER THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, THAT WHY THEY RUN THESE TYPES OF ADDS. I HOPE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE SMARTER THAN THAT.

OBAMA 08

Posted by: G.R | June 5, 2008 10:39 AM

THE REPUBLICAN PARTY HAS NOTHING TO OFFER THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, THAT WHY THEY RUN THESE TYPES OF ADDS. I HOPE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE SMARTER THAN THAT.

OBAMA 08

Posted by: G.R | June 5, 2008 10:39 AM

Could you repeat that just one more time,
G.R.?

Posted by: philagumbo | June 5, 2008 10:57 AM

So which is it: Barry's naive or Barry's stupid? I'm thinking it's the latter. Come on, Tony! Roll over on your old pal and make a plea bargain to indict Barry!

Posted by: FlaLady | June 5, 2008 11:23 AM

Now that Rezko has been convicted, both Obama and Blagojevich will VERY SOON be indicted under 18 USC 1346, which is the section under which Rezko was found guilty.

FOR YOUR READERS:

Evelyn Pringle has just completed her series on Obama at opednews.com. You should review the articles, and then review the discussion of 18 USC 1346 provided, in order to see for what activities Obama will be indicted:

Final Chapter - Curtain Time for Barack Obama Evelyn Pringle 05/22/2008 2
Curtain Time for Barack Obama - Part V Evelyn Pringle 05/18/2008 9
Curtain Time for Barack Obama - Part IV Evelyn Pringle 05/16/2008 22
Curtain Time for Barack Obama - Part III Evelyn Pringle 05/15/2008 11
Curtain Time for Barack Obama - Part II Evelyn Pringle 05/13/2008 15
Curtain Time For Barack Obama - Part I Evelyn Pringle 05/12/2008 33

THEN, your readers should study this EXCELLENT discussion of 18 USC 1346 from:

http://www.groom.com/_library/downloads/NAPPAArticle-Feb2006.pdf.

This article provides brief guidance as to the manner in which courts have interpreted 18 U.S.C. § 1346, which generally provides that for purposes of federal mail and wire fraud statutes (18 U.S.C. §§ 1341 and 1343, respectively), a "scheme or artifice to defraud" includes a "scheme or artifice to deprive another of the intangible right to honest services." Specifically, this article examines the manner in which courts have interpreted the broad language of § 1346 in circumstances that do not involve the explicit bribery of public officials.
I.
Background
18 U.S.C. § 1346 was enacted in 1988, for purposes of reversing the Supreme Court's decision in McNally v. U.S.,483 U.S. 350 (1987). In McNally, the Supreme Court overruled a long line of lower court decisions by holding that the federal mail and wire fraud statutes did not encompass schemes to defraud citizens of an intangible right to honest government service from pubic officers. Id. at 355. By enacting 18 U.S.C. § 1346, Congress restored "honest services" within the ambit of the federal mail and wire fraud statutes, meaning that a scheme to deprive the public of "honest services" by a public official could be punished as mail or wire fraud (assuming, of course, that such an instrumentality was used as part of the scheme or artifice).
II.
Judicial Interpretations of the "Honest Services" Fraud
A.
General Parameters of the Statute
Not surprisingly, the majority of cases that have analyzed the "honest services" fraud set forth in 18 U.S.C. § 1346 have involved the bribery of public officials, where the charge under § 1346 is in addition to other charges. However, there have been numerous prosecutions under § 1346 against public officials (and those who have corrupted public officials) for transactions that do not involve outright bribery, but which nonetheless involve the provision of cash or gifts to a public official in exchange for the public official's exercise of power on behalf of the individual or entity providing the gratuity.
Courts have recognized that the term "honest services," as used in § 1346, is incredibly broad, but the statute has survived repeated challenges asserting that it is unconstitutionally vague, with courts resorting to a "common sense" usage of the phrase "honest services." In rejecting a constitutional void-for-vagueness challenge to the statute's wording, one court opined that "[c]oncrete parameters outlining the duty of honest services should not be necessary. . . . The concept of the duty of honest services sufficiently conveys warning of the proscribed conduct when measured in terms of common understanding and practice." U.S. v. ReBrook, 837 F. Supp. 162, 171 (S.D. W. Va. 1993), aff'd. 58 F.3d 961 (4 th Cir. 1995). Another court demonstrated little patience for the defendant's void-for-vagueness challenge in the context of a kickback scheme, holding that "[i]t should be plain to ordinary people that offering and accepting large sums of money in exchange for a city councilman's vote is a type of conduct proscribed by the language of § 1346." U.S. v. Paradies, 98 F.3d 1266, 1283 (11 th Cir. 1996). Nonetheless, courts have refused to allow § 1346 to be used as a "catch-all" that subjects every unethical or illegal act to federal mail and wire fraud prosecution. See, e.g., U.S. v. Bloom, 149 F.3d 649, 654-56 (7 th
Cir. 1998) (noting, inter alia, that "not every breach of fiduciary duty works a criminal fraud"); U.S. v. Welch, 327 F.3d 1081, 1107 (10 th Cir. 2003) ("the right to honest services is not violated by every breach of contract, breach of duty, conflict of interest, or misstatement made in the course of dealing"). Recognizing the difficulty of interpreting the undefined phrase "honest services," courts have attempted to establish general criteria that must be satisfied to successfully assert an "honest services" fraud claim. One of the leading circuits interpreting the scope of the honest services fraud is the First Circuit Court of Appeals, which held that: First, . . . honest services convictions of public officials typically involve serious corruption, such as embezzlement of public funds, bribery of public officials, or the failure of public decision-makers to disclose conflicts of interest. Second, . . . the broad scope of the mail fraud statute . . . does not encompass every instance of official misconduct that results in the official's personal gain. Third, and most importantly, . . . the government must not merely indicate wrongdoing by a public official, but must also demonstrate that the wrongdoing at issue is intended to prevent or call into question the proper or impartial performance of the public servant's official duties. U.S. v. Czubinski, 106 F.3d 1069, 1076 (1 st Cir. 1997) (emphasis added) (internal citations and quotations omitted), (discussing the First Circuit's prior decision in U.S. v. Sawyer, 85 F.3d 713, 724 (1996). The Seventh Circuit has held that "[m]isuse of office (more broadly, misuse of position) for private gain is the line that separates run of the mill violations of state law fiduciary duty . . . from federal crime." U.S. v. Bloom, 149 F.3d 649, 655 (7 th Cir. 1998). The court went on to note that "in almost all of the intangible rights cases decided . . . (before McNally or since § 1346), the defendant used his office for private gain, as by accepting a bribe in exchange for official action[,]" but also noted that "[s]ecret conversion of information received in a fiduciary capacity is a form of fraud against the owner of that information." Id. Accordingly, the Seventh Circuit summarized its test for an honest services fraud as follows: "[a]n employee deprives his employer of his honest services only if he misuses his position (or the information he obtained in it) for personal gain" (emphasis added). Id. at 656-57.

Posted by: John Ryskamp | June 5, 2008 11:48 AM

Crooked politicians deserve to be called on their wheeling and dealing. Does Obama 'deserve' this election because of his 'historical' nomination?

Affermative action in colleges is bad enough, will we allow our president to be chosen the same way? The Democrat Party has already decided to go that direction with their nominee.

Posted by: Jane | June 5, 2008 12:01 PM

Yes, and your leader has . . . Scooter Libby.

Posted by: mountainman | June 5, 2008 12:08 PM

First, I'm an Independent. I want to say that I get so tired of listening to all the Democrats whine about "the Republican attack machine" as if Democrats are lily-white and never say anything negative about Republicans. Such hypocracy! And please....Obama says he is going to unite us all? As Hillary and McCain have been saying, he IS too inexperienced and naieve.

Posted by: Ron | June 5, 2008 12:17 PM

Ha, McCain can't even follow his own campaign finance laws and you expect me to worry about this?

Posted by: Jack | June 5, 2008 12:18 PM

Very effective ads, particularly the one using both Clintons, Edwards and Biden all saying Obama has no experience. Using the woman's voice is a great touch. They know what they're doing in the ads department. If McCain can hold his own in debates, this type of ad campaign will really help McCain.

Posted by: Mandelay | June 5, 2008 12:43 PM

I was hoping that both "national parties" would at least run ads on the issues. I assume the 527's will not. Guess this proves me wrong. Time to respond with McCains Keating connection.....a connection that really caused great harm to americans(we all paid dearly for the crooked savings and loan pals of John McCain). I only can guess why the republican party would throw stones when they are living in a glass house. Guess this Party must believe that their supporters are stupid and don't remember history. What a shame to start out this way. SHAME

Posted by: Ron Paul | June 5, 2008 12:50 PM

This ad is just speculation. Obama knew Rezko, and arguably benefited from Rezko in a real estate dealing. And by benefitted I mean he paid about market value for an expensive house. However, show me one instance where Obama did Rezko a favor, an actual instance not speculation.

Posted by: JJS1 | June 5, 2008 12:54 PM

I'm admittedly an Obama supporter. That said Obama is not perfect. The media, the Republicans, the Clintons and, admittedly, some supporters hold a completely unworldy unrealistic expectations about him. He is not an angel he is a politician. He's a politician who has made it all the way to the highest level. Show me one who has done that without a Rezko in their life. That said he is a politician who has shown himself to be extremely smart and whose short commings seem rather tame when you are used to a Bush or a Clinton.

Posted by: supporter1 | June 5, 2008 1:00 PM

McCain is his own person. BHO is someone with old ideas of the democratic party(Jimmy Carter) with a new costume. He accepted lobbiest money when he first started in politics, now he accepts the money within the rules. Obamalites will soon find out. He threw his friends under the bus, what makes you think he wont throw this country under the bus. He showed me his judgement, use people when they are beneficial to you and disown them when they aren't. That's a fact.

I didn't need to see this video to make this conclusion of BHO.

Posted by: Vato | June 5, 2008 3:30 PM

This is just the beginning of the nasty sh*t that will be coming out about the corrupt, deceptive, divisive and racist Obama. I can't wait.

Posted by: Fred | June 5, 2008 3:46 PM

Democrats have found that Pelosi, Dean and the party elite are no better than their counterparts in the Republican Party. It's really all about politics, not the will of the voters. So, what we find is a party hierarchy which sanctions and supports the disenfranchisement of voters in Michigan and Florida, the inherent unfairness of the caucus system, and the obviously inappropriate bias of the leadership against Hillary Clinton. The hypocrisy of these charlatans is mind boggling. Take Kerry, for example. He lost the election in 2004 amidst charges of voter fraud in Ohio. Now, he wants to support Obama, whose lawyers actively prevented a revote in Michigan and Florida, just to further his selfish political ambitions. Since when has the Democratic Party become the party of disenfranchisement; the party of making excuses for the racist and anti-American rants of a Rev. Wright? Since when has some of the party rank and file also endorsed these things, so long as it helps their candidate win? No, there doesn't appear to be much difference after all between the Democratic Party and the Republican Party, at least when it comes to fairness and voter rights. I have been a lifelong Democrat, but the actions of the party have destroyed my faith. I think that is why between 30% to 40% of Hillary Clinton supporters have said they would vote for McCain rather than Obama. The Democratic Party, and many of its members, have shown that they are no better than the worst of the Republicans.

Posted by: Fred | June 5, 2008 3:48 PM

"This is not the Reverend Wright I know."
"This is not the Father Pfleger I know."
"This is not the Grandmother I know."
"This is not the Tony Rezko I know."
"This is not the congregation I know."
"This is not the (insert name here) I know."

Who's next?

Michelle?

Posted by: Jim Lad | June 5, 2008 4:09 PM

Quit trying to take the speck out of your opponent's eye, GOP. Focus on your own "logs": Abramoff, Delay, Cheney . .. and Bush.

Posted by: mountainman | June 5, 2008 4:28 PM

Rezko is not just Obama's problem - he's the GOP's
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/chi-kass-06jun05,0,3215974.column

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Posted by: Arthur | June 5, 2008 4:51 PM

Obama, his supporters, the DNC, the party elite, and the mainstream media have conspired to marginalize the millions of Democrats who have voted for Hillary, and they will now be using every trick in the book to "bring the party together" to further their ruthless ambitions. They will want you to forget all about the months of biased press, the biased party elite, the insults, the sexist remarks, and the race-cards. They will want you to forget that the Democratic Party now is the party that stands for disenfranchisement of the voters and the rationalization of racism. They will use any method to persuade you to vote for the man who they have preordained as the Democratic nominee. DON'T FALL FOR IT!

Whether you write-in Hillary, if possible, vote for John McCain, or sit out the election, right now, for the sake of our families and our country, WE MUST DO EVERYTHING IN OUR POWER to assist in the defeat of the inexperienced, ruthless, deceptive, divisive, racist black liberation theology believing, race card throwing Obama. We can always come back to the Democratic Party if and when they show a desire to respect our participation, and field an acceptable candidate.

Posted by: Fred | June 5, 2008 5:13 PM

Fred & Arthur . . . what planet have you guys been on for the last 7 years? What are you smoking?

Posted by: mountainman | June 5, 2008 6:15 PM

Umm didnt the GOP lose 3 special elections in a row?...in Louisana they poured millions of dollars in the campaign on anti obama ads...

same old same old...wont work this time.

change...08.

Obama/Webb

Posted by: PaigeInPhilly | June 5, 2008 6:24 PM

PaigeInPhilly supports a racist candidate. What does that say about her?

Posted by: Truth | June 5, 2008 6:39 PM

JERUSALEM - Sen. Barack Obama employed and continues to employ senior staffers who belong to the Nation of Islam, and the presidential candidate has some "worrying" ties to the controversial group headed by Louis Farrakhan, a former key Obama insider told WND.

The former insider, who spoke on condition of anonymity, expressed particular concern that Obama employed at least two Nation members in his early days as a state senator, when his office was staffed by only a handful of workers.

"When you're a state senator, you have little money given to you to hire staff. It is ironic that two of Obama's employees in those days were known Nation of Islam activists when Obama employed perhaps a total of maybe three or four staffers," said the former insider.

The former insider confirmed Obama is directly aware of the Nation of Islam members on his staff.

Posted by: Fred | June 5, 2008 6:44 PM

After the planes smashed through the windows and hot fire, glass, plastic, steel, jet fuel and other liquids overpowered the lives of people who were working at the point of impact in a final horrific moment of deadly embrace, as a ball of flame descended the many stories, down the elevator shaft to burn people alive in the lobby...

After the fire had been put out, the bodies removed, and the smoke pluming from the hole had subsided, and firefighters and structural engineers began to assess the damage to the Pentagon...

After many across the country had felt the fearful unease about reports of more hijacked planes, and then listened raptly to reports of an unprecedented shutdown of all airports in America, and other reports of a single Jet crashing in Shanksville PA...

After people glued to their television screens saw firefighters run into buildings that collapsed in a dusty rain of terror and agony as everyday people -- running for their lives, were overtaken by a fast moving evil hand comprised of fine grains of soot and debris....

After other people, also glued to their TV, also experiencing moments of surrealistic disbelief at what they saw on TV, also wondering if the end was near; after these people witnessed bodies falling from the sky and making a sick thudding sound as the terrorized person's fall was interrupted by objects between them and the relief they sought from the hellish conditions within the building from which they leapt...

After it had been determined that nineteen men hijacked four planes in a conscious effort to deliver a blow to those they hate...

After all that happened on that tragic day and the days and weeks that followed, many were asking a question. The question was, why do they hate us so much? From what I have read about hate, it starts with a whisper. The whisper may come in the form of a school where a propagandized truth is delivered to young impressionable minds. The whisper might be a local chief or politician who when other locals complain about the miserable conditions of their life, the chief constantly says, it is the fault of the Imperialist West that you suffer. Mosque whispers come from men who seek to plant an idea in the minds of true believers. The whisper heard around the dinner table of a people long suffered under the pressure of war, sanctions, and oppression, is part of the whispering campaign.

A single whispered lie, morphs into massive death and agony. Yet, viewing this election season one is asked to question whether that whispered regarding 9/11 was a lie or was in the neighborhood of a reasonable perspective. We decry the whispers that made us suffer on 9/11, yet some among us covet playing the role of the instigator on the playground blacktop that provokes the bully that is the latent hate and fear in people, in a tragic plot meant to victimize the new kid on the block. The provocateur or the instigator of conflict via deceit and toxic falsehood is a weasel, and any who listen in this country are deemed unpatriotic for we must not be that we decry. We must not whisper, we must not lie, unless it is now acceptable to us that through a whisper, many more may die.

Stop whispering and speak up and tell the truth, or better yet, if you do not have anything good to say, hold thy tongue! Respect the soldiers and respect those many Americans who never saw the sunrise on September 12, 2001.

Stop whispering and stop listening to whispers in the dark emanating from the combined mechanism of a wagging tongue of deceit, flapping lips of malice, a compromised larynx of evil-lust, and a corrupt mind of hate. Delusional zealots and corrupt charlatans whisper, where patriots allow their actions to speak louder than any whisper ever could.

Shhhhhh, stop whispering!

Posted by: DefiningMoment | June 5, 2008 7:04 PM

"Crooked politicians deserve to be called on their wheeling and dealing. Does Obama 'deserve' this election because of his 'historical' nomination?"
----------------------------------
Barack Obama has not been implicated in any way in Rezko's trial, last time I checked in MY America (not the repuke's) a person was considered innocent unless the was some actual evidence against them so unless YOU have some reliable information other than Fox news blather or Rush Limbaugh (the intellectual coward) talking points then may I suggest that you STFU because you are a republican zombie that doesn't know WTF you are talking about.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 5, 2008 7:13 PM

ATTENTION ETYMOLOGISTS: Due to recent events, Merriam-Webster has modified the definition of the words "racism" and "racist." All modifications are indicated by quotes.
racist
One entry found.
racism

Main Entry:
rac•ism
Function:
noun

1 : a belief "by racist white people" that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race

2 : racial prejudice or discrimination "as perpetrated by racist white people"

3. : "a reluctance to support Barack Obama's Presidential candidacy"

4. : "any attempt to bring to light or expose accurate information which would serve to damage the credibility or reputation of Barack Obama"

-- rac•ist \-sist also -shist\ noun or adjective

Posted by: Anonymous | June 5, 2008 7:22 PM

So now it all boils down to if you don't vote for Obama you are a racist. If you do not agree with his ideas, it does not matter you are a racist.

Posted by: ZarDotZ | June 5, 2008 8:33 PM

Obama is very, very corrupt. He has ties to the Chicago mob.

Posted by: Jack | June 5, 2008 10:48 PM

Obama is a crook, so what, He is a politician. What bothers me is everyone He hangs around is either a racist hate monger or a crook. Lie with dogs get up with fleas.

Posted by: Bigtime | June 6, 2008 7:46 AM

Ha Ha , The Dems nominated a big ass crook. Too funny. This is gonna be fun.

Posted by: Bigtime | June 6, 2008 9:58 AM

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Posted by: ron | June 6, 2008 10:40 AM

Do you need a break from the Republican Attack Machine
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLO1YIWQuXE

Obama 08!

Posted by: Yeil Raven | June 6, 2008 5:39 PM

The GOP has started the same dirty tactics as Hillary. And we will see the same results. The American People is tired of living in bondage. A Change we can believe in! Something McCain has no knowledge of.His ideas are Old and Out-dated.

Posted by: JJ | June 6, 2008 8:43 PM

The more the negative ads on Obama the greater/stronger he comes in the hearts and the minds of the Americans and friends of America around the world.God bless America God bless its people.America by this election has again told the world she is indeed a model to be looked up to.

Posted by: Chuks Mbata London [UK] | June 7, 2008 5:39 AM

obama is just another hitler, and just like the german people we are stupid enough to vote this racist obama into office because we want change, a new start...

Posted by: obama sucks | June 11, 2008 3:22 PM

Most of you are out of your minds. It's people like you that said, "I think Kerry is too scary of a candidate, so I'm going to vote for Bush again." Out of some kind of 'devil you know' logic that escapes me, you'd rather have Bush for four or eight more years than dare to hope that someone might really be 'the real article' and actually care about making a difference.

You'd rather be distracted by the dog and pony show, you let yourselves be led around by the nose, the GOP comes up with an attack ad, and you follow right along with their plan to immediately distrust the black man.

He's not a muslim, and even if he was, so what? Get your facts straight. All religions are full of whackos, thank you very much, especially Christianity. I'm willing to overlook Obama's Christian faith, because I don't believe it makes any difference. We're electing a president, not the freaking pope.

Suppose Obama gets elected and becomes president, what's the worst that is going to happen? WHat are you people afraid of? That he might lie us into war with a foreign country and award no-bid contracts to corporations run by friends and lobbyists? That he might gut the Constitution, bloat the Federal Government, and be incapable of managing a simple sentence in English?

Oh, right, Bush is already guilty of all that. And compared to that, you're afraid that...what? He'll be nice to black people? He'll attempt to resolve issues between nations like an adult, rather than a bratty child who insists on having his way, no matter the cost?

There's no converting people like you. You're just looking for excuses to hate him, this black/white man and his black wife. And you get really upset at anyone who points out the fact that this threatens you, and you come up with all kinds of justifications for hating him.

That's okay. Not all of us are angry xenophobes. We get it. Nice try hiding it, though.

Posted by: Wow | June 12, 2008 7:24 PM

"Obama is just another Hitler"

I'd say the current resident of the white house has more in common with Hitler, but whatever.

You fail, and just ran afoul of Godwin's Law.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godwin%27s_law

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