The Arab-American network behind Obama

Most of this, particularly the Rezko deals, were public before the last election. The media ignored it just as they are now.

via Chapter IX: The Arab-American network behind Obama


Obama’s controversial relationships with radical figures like Columbia University professor Rashid Khalidi have been well-publicized in recent years.

Prior to his academic career in the United States, Khalidi worked for Yasser Arafat’s Palestine Liberation Organization when it was classified by the State Department as a terrorist group.

Less well-known is a cluster of Chicago businessmen who formed an Arab-American network at the heart of Obama’s political apparatus. Ray Hanania, a Chicago-based Arab-American journalist and activist, described the network in a 2007 interview with Chicago magazine as “a small cluster of activists” in the business community who were politically involved.

Chief among them was Obama mentor Tony Rezko. Born in Aleppo, Syria, home of strongman Bashar al-Assad, Rezko migrated to the U.S. in the late 1970s and built a political and financial empire in Chicago and Springfield, the Illinois capital.

Rezko is now serving a 10-year federal prison sentence following his convictions on federal fraud and bribery charges related to disgraced Gov. Rod Blagojevich and state contracting.

Rezko offered Obama a job at his Rezmar Corp. after he finished at Harvard Law School, but the new lawyer instead accepted a position at a Chicago firm with close personal and professional ties to Rezko. Their relationship steadily deepened in the years thereafter.

For example, Obama asked Rezko to assess the $1.6 million Hyde Park/Kenwood home that he and Michelle were considering buying in 2005, a controversial transaction that Rezko’s wife assisted by purchasing an adjoining lot for $625,000. (The owner of the home and adjoining lot insisted that they be sold together.)

Rezko and his Arab-American business associates have contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to Obama’s political campaigns. Following Rezko’s conviction, though, Obama donated to charity at least $85,000 in Rezko contributions to his 2008 presidential campaign.

The Chicago Sun-Times estimated Obama received at least “$168,308 from Rezko and his circle,” while ABC News put the total to be as much as $100,000 higher than the amount claimed by Obama.

While he was in the Illinois Senate, Obama helped key Rezko associates gain appointments to the state board that controlled health facility contracting for building expansions.

Once his associates were appointed, Rezko sought kickbacks from contractors favored by his friends in a process that became the heart of the federal case against him.

When Obama became chairman of the state Senate health committee that oversaw appointments to the medical board, among his first acts was to gain fast-track passage of a bill to reduce the board from 15 to nine members, thus making it somewhat easier to gain the panel’s approval for contracts.

Rezko then used his connections with Blagojevich to stack the restructured board with his political cronies. Their appointments were confirmed by Obama’s committee, then sent to the Senate floor.

Soon thereafter, contributions from Rezko and his health board allies began pouring into Obama’s campaign coffers, according to federal and state campaign finance data.

Rezko associate Dr. Michel Malek, for example, donated $15,000 to Obama after gaining appointment to the health board.

Dr. Imad Almanaseer, another Rezko ally appointed to the health board, initially gave Obama $3,000. Over the next three years, he and members of his family donated nearly $10,000 more to Obama.

Fortunee Massuda, another Rezko associate, donated $2,000 in January 2004 shortly after winning her assignment to the key panel.

Other Rezko allies who were not on the health board also contributed to Obama. Elie Maloof was granted immunity by federal prosecutors after he told U.S. attorneys he funneled two $10,000 contributions to Obama through Rezko. Prosecutors noted Maloof’s assertion in their opening arguments at Rezko’s trial, but no additional charges were filed.

Rezko business partner Abdelhamid Chaib donated $10,000 to Obama, then was convicted on federal corruption charges in 2010 after trying to pressure a Chicago hospital executive to steer contracts to Rezko companies.

Another Rezko partner, Ali Ata, was a key witness during Rezko’s 2008 federal corruption trial. He donated $5,000 to Obama’s campaign and claimed to have given an additional $10,000 in “straw donations.”

Ata was a former president of the Chicago Chapter of the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee.

Ata also was an investor with Rezko and Nadhmi Auchi, an Iraqi-British businessman and former Iraqi Baathist who was on a terror watch list and thus barred from entering the United States.

Rezko asked federal authorities in 2004 to permit Auchi to join him in Chicago for a business deal, according to the New York Times.

Stuart Levine, Rezko’s former partner and the government’s star witness in the Rezko trial, testified that Obama met Auchi at a private Rezko reception held at Chicago’s Four Seasons hotel.

Auchi wired $3.5 million to Rezko during the 2008 trial. Federal prosecutors asked for Rezko’s bail to be revoked when they discovered the Auchi wire transfer.

Another Rezko supporter was Mustafa Abdalla, who donated $1,000 to Obama. Abdalla put up property as collateral for Rezko’s bail.

Rezko was a generous financial supporter of Chicago-based Arab-American activist groups, including the Arab American Democratic Club, or AADC, and the Arab American Action Network, or AAAN.

Rezko was involved in the AADC with Khalil Shalabi. Shalabi was fired from a state government job in 2007 after the Illinois inspector general reported he had been fundraising at work for Rezko and Blagojevich.

The Obamas attended several AAAN dinners, including one honoring Khalidi. More recently, Hatem Abudayyeh, AAAN’s executive director, attended an April 22, 2010, Obama policy briefing, according to White House visitor logs.

In September 2010, FBI investigators raided Abudayyeh’s Chicago home reportedly seeking evidence of AAAN being used as a conduit for funding to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and other Middle Eastern terrorist groups.

Read all ten chapters of this expose at WashingtonExaminer.com.

Also read the three-part expose from Illinois Pay to Play:

REZKO, OBAMA, AND THE NADHMI AUCHI RAILROAD LINKING CHICAGO, WASHINGTON, AND BAGHDAD (Part 1of 3)

REZKO, OBAMA, AND THE NADHMI AUCHI RAILROAD LINKING CHICAGO, WASHINGTON, AND BAGHDAD (Part 2 of 3)

REZKO, OBAMA, AND THE NADHMI AUCHI RAILROAD LINKING CHICAGO, WASHINGTON, AND BAGHDAD (Part 3 of 3)

12 Responses

  1. Islam ” The Religion of Peace “, said often but the actions of its followers show a different course of action. Islam’s goal since the 7th Century has been to take over the entire world. Sharia Law For All, Freedom For None. Coming soon to a town near you.

  2. [...] Most of this, particularly the Rezko deals, were public before the last election. The media ignored it just as they are now. via Chapter IX: The Arab-American network behind Obama Obama’s con…  [...]

  3. KALILI needs to be charged with SEDITION and RUN OUT OF THE COUNTRY BACK TO THE 7TH CENTURY HE WANTS FOR THE U S A. LOCK AND LOAD.

  4. Where else could so much money come from?!

    … I’ve suspected it for years!

    They are behind Electoral Voting Fraud big time too…
    … I hope someone is on top of all aspects of Voter Fraud!

  5. What bothers me deeply is that the Media ALL knew. They all receive the AP wire. There were multiple countries in Africa with the headlines of (various headings…but all the same message):
    “Kenyan-Born Obama heads for U.S. Senate.

    This is from Mad Jewess who took the time to report ALL of the “19” newspapers in Africa that ran article on him:

    http://themadjewess.com/2012/08/04/19-african-newspaper-sources-plus-obamas-1991-pamphlet-say-obama-was-born-in-kenya/

  6. And, another:
    From the AP in 2004: Kenyan-born Obama all set for US Senate
    Hmm…An AP story from 2004 entitled Kenyan-born Obama all set for US Senate has been discovered on archive.org by many sites (and twitter where I got this). Does this mean now that the AP is nothing but a bunch of birthers?
    Kenyan-born US Senate hopeful, Barrack Obama, appeared set to take over the Illinois Senate seat after his main rival, Jack Ryan, dropped out of the race on Friday night amid a furor over lurid sex club allegations.

    The Republican choice will become an instant underdog in the campaign for the seat of retiring Republican Senator Peter Fitzgerald, since Obama held a wide lead even before the scandal broke.

    “I feel for him actually,” Obama told a Chicago TV station. “What he’s gone through over the last three days I think is something you wouldn’t wish on anybody.”

    The Republican state committee must now choose a replacement for Ryan, who had won in the primaries against seven contenders. Its task is complicated by the fact that Obama holds a comfortable lead in the polls and is widely regarded as a rising Democratic star.

    http://www.fireandreamitchell.com/2009/10/14/from-the-ap-in-2004-kenyan-born-obama-all-set-for-us-senate/

  7. That I know of…the election of Bush vs. Gore was the killer of news.
    About 6 months after the election and Bush was in office, I was reading the Dallas Morning News…the want ads for a car. In the middle of the page of “the WANT ADS” was a very small (font was smaller than the rest of the advertisements) which read:
    “Gore did win the election. Bush did NOT win.”

    Fox tried to explain it away at the first of this year….Point in…THE MAN WHO LET THE NEWS OUT about Bush’s history in the Military was fired and was never able to work in the news media again.

    He reported that Bush seldom showed up for formation…that he crashed a plane due to being drunk.

    Once in a great while, I do see the former newsman in a bit part in movies. The last time I was him was a Tommy Lee Jones movie, “In the Electric Mist.” he played the part of a cop.

    IF you get the chance either buy the Movie on Amazon (cheap) or rent it. It is a Keeper for your movie collection.

  8. Since then, the MEDIA is NOT allowed to tell us everything.

  9. Certainly, the Africans believe implicitly that obama was born in Kenya–and so do I. There’s just too much evidence to ignore; and you know what they say about: ‘no smoke without fire…………….

  10. Check out who owns the AP it is the House of Saud

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