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IL senate race debate, Alexi Giannoulias, Mark Kirk, Giannoulias Rezko Obama, Citizen Wells open thread, October 30, 2010

IL senate race debate, Alexi Giannoulias, Mark Kirk, Giannoulias Rezko Obama

Obama is back in Chicago and Illinois stumping again for another corruption crony, Alexi Giannoulias. Obama supporting any candidate should be a politcal kiss of death. However, Alexi Giannoulias, has enough baggage of his own, enough associations with criminals like Tony Rezko and Michael Durango, to alarm concerned citizens.

From the recent debate between Alexi Giannoulias and Mark Kirk provided by the Chicago Tribune.

“>> Phil Ponce: LET’S MOVE ON TO SOMETHING ELSE THAT CONTINUES TO LINGER. MR. GIANNOULIAS, YOU ACKNOWLEDGED THAT YOU KNEW THE CRIMINAL BACKGROUNDS TO MEN TO

WHO YOUR FAMILY’S BANK MADE LOANS UP TO $27 MILLION, WHAT EXACTLY DID YOU KNOW ABOUT MICHAEL DURANGO AND OTHERS?

>> Alexi Giannoulias: LET ME STEP BACK AND TRY TO CLEAR THE AIR BECAUSE THROUGHOUT THIS CAMPAIGN, CONGRESSMAN KIRK AND KARL ROVE AND HIS OUTSIDE GROUPS HAVE

SAID THINGS THAT ARE WRONG, INACCURATE AND OFFENSIVE.
I’M VERY, VERY PROUD OF THE BUSINESS THAT MY FATHER STARTED 30 YEARS AGO.
AND, YOU KNOW, NO ONE    NO ONE HAS EVER ACCUSED MY FATHER’S BUSINESS OF EVER DOING ANYTHING ILLEGAL, ELICIT OR IMPROPER.
HE CAME TO THIS COUNTRY WITH NOTHING.
HE STARTED A COMMUNITY BANK THAT HELPED THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE.
THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE ACHIEVED THE AMERICAN DREAM.
BY  

>> Phil Ponce: LET’S TALK ABOUT YOUR CONDUCT, THOUGH.

>> Alexi Giannoulias: BY HELPING THEM BUY THEIR FIRST HOME.
TO CHERRY PICK A FEW INDIVIDUALS OUT OF THOUSANDS    OUT OF THOUSANDS WHILE IT’S EASY TO MAKE A POLITICAL AD, RUNNING A BUSINESS IS NOT A STRAIGHT LINE.
AND MISTAKES ARE MADE, AND INEVITABLY, UNFORTUNATELY, THERE ARE PEOPLE YOU WISH YOU NEVER HAD DONE BUSINESS WITH, BUT THAT DOESN’T REPRESENT THE THOUSANDS OF

CUSTOMERS THAT ACHIEVE THE AMERICAN DREAM BECAUSE OF MY FATHER.

>> Phil Ponce: AND YET YOU SAID IN A 2006 ARTICLE, THAT YOU DID DISCUSS HIS CRIMINAL BACKGROUND WITH MR. DURANGO.

>> Alexi Giannoulias: NOTHING I SAID IS INCONSISTENT.
THESE ARE NOT THE KIND OF PEOPLE THAT WE WANT TO DO BUSINESS WITH, THAT’S NOT MY FATHER’S LEGACY.
IF YOU LOOK AT THE WAY THAT BANKS AND COMMUNITY BANKS MAKE DECISIONS.
THEY LOOK AT THE CREDIT WORTHINESS AND WHETHER THAT INDIVIDUAL CAN PAY THEIR LOAN IN A TIMELY MANNER.
THAT’S HOW CREDIT DECISIONS ARE MADE.
IT’S ALSO IMPORTANT TO POINT OUT THAT NONE OF THE LOANS THAT WERE GIVEN HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE CRIMINAL ACTIVITY OF THESE INDIVIDUALS.
NONE OF THEM.
SO, AGAIN, IT’S IMPORTANT TO PUT THAT IN PERSPECTIVE AND I’M VERY PROUD OF MY FATHER’S COMMUNITY BANK.

>> Phil Ponce: WE ARE REALLY TALKING ABOUT, YOU KNOW, HOW YOU PERFORMED AS A SENIOR LOAN OFFICER.
AND DID YOU KNOW, FOR EXAMPLE, THE TWO MEN WERE FACING PRISON SENTENCES AT THE TIME THE LOANS WERE MADE?

>> Alexi Giannoulias: AS I SAID, PHIL, IF WE KNEW THEN WHAT WE KNOW NOW, WE WOULDN’T DO BUSINESS.
>> Phil Ponce: SO YOU DON’T KNOW?

>> Alexi Giannoulias: PHIL, WHEN MAKE A CREDIT DECISION.
YOU LOOK AT THE CREDIT WORTHINESS OF THE BORROWER AND WHETHER OR NOT THEY CAN PAY THAT LOAN.
AND WHEN YOU GO TO A LARGER BANK, YOU WILL FIND NOT TWO OR THREE PEOPLE BUT HUNDREDS.
THAT’S HOW THE REALITY OF BUSINESSES.

>> Phil Ponce: ARE YOU SAYING YOU GO TO A LARGER BANK LIKE CHASE, THEY DO BUSINESS WITH HUNDREDS OF CRIMINALS.

>> Alexi Giannoulias: ABSOLUTELY.
I’M SURE THEY HAVE GOTTEN LOANS FROM A LOT OF OTHER BANKS.

>> Phil Ponce: DO YOU HAVE YOUR LIST WITH YOU?

>> Mark Kirk: THIS IS A LIST OF ALL THE LOANS MADE BY BROADWAY BANK.
THE ONES IN YELLOW ARE THE ONES MADE WHEN ALEXI GIANNOULIAS WAS THE SENIOR LOAN OFFICER OF THE BROADWAY BANK.
TO INFAMOUS MOBSTERS LIKE MICHAEL “JAWS” DURANGO AND TO LEARN ABOUT THEM, YOU DON’T HAVE TO PULL THEIR RAP SHEET.
YOU CAN READ ABOUT THEM IN THE “CHICAGO TRIBUNE.”
JOE KLEIN OF “TIME” MAGAZINE SAID AFTER OUR APPEARANCE ON “MEET THE PRESS” IN ALL OF HIS YEARS IN POLITICS, HE DIDN’T SEE SOMEONE RUNNING FOR A NATIONALLY

POLITICAL OFFICE, SAYING I DIDN’T KNOW THE EXTENT OF THE CRIMINAL ACTIVITY OF THE PEOPLE I WAS LENDING MONEY TO.
AND, REMEMBER, THIS WAS ELECTRIC A FEDERALLY LICENSE    FROM A FEDERALLY LICENSED AND FEDERALLY INSURED INSTITUTION THAT THEN COLLAPSED, TRANSFERRING A $390

MILLION BILL ON TO THE BACK OF THE FDIC.

>> Phil Ponce: YOUR RESPONSE.

>> Alexi Giannoulias: SO I’M THRILLED.
YOU KNOW WHAT THE CONGRESSMAN CONTINUES TO CARRY THIS LIST AROUND.
HE TRIES, IT’S GUILT BY ASSOCIATION ATTACKS THAT DON’T WORK.
HE TRIES TO MALIGN MY FAMILY, MY FATHER’S BUSINESS, AND HE READ THE LIST.
I BROUGHT MY LIST AND IF WE WANT TO PLAY THESE GUILT BY ASSOCIATION ATTACKS, LET’S DO IT.
HE TOOK MONEY, THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS FROM STUART LEVINE WHO PLED GUILTY TO CORRUPTION.
NICHOLAS HERKIN PLED GUILTY TO KICKBACK SCHEMES AND JOHN GLENON PLED GUILTY TO KICKBACK SCHEMES.
I CAN GO ON AND ON.
BUT, LOOK, THESE GUILT BY ASSOCIATION ATTACKS, PEOPLE AREN’T BUYING IT.
THEY ARE SICK OF IT.
LET’S ELEVATE THE CAMPAIGN AND TALK ABOUT IDEAS.
YOU CAN TALK ABOUT CRIMINALS WHO YOU TOOK MONEY FROM.
SO I WOULD LOVE TO TALK ABOUT THE ISSUES AND MOVE THIS CAMPAIGN FORWARD AND TALK ABOUT THE FUNDAMENTAL ECONOMIC DIFFERENCES BUT ONE OF THE REASONS THAT YOU

ARE GOING TO SEE THAT CONGRESSMAN KIRK TODAY DECIDED TO GO STRAIGHT NEGATIVE THROUGHOUT THIS CAMPAIGN IS BECAUSE HE HAD AN INDEFENSIBLE RECORD IN CONGRESS.
FOR THE RECORD, I HAVE DECIDED FOR THE REST OF THE CAMPAIGN TO GO POSITIVE.

>> Phil Ponce: FOR THE REST  

>> Alexi Giannoulias: AND THE CONGRESSMAN.
IT’S IRONIC THAT TODAY HE PULLED ALL OF HIS POSITIVE ADS AND HE’S GOING STRAIGHT NEGATIVE.

>> Phil Ponce: LET’S GET YOUR RESPONSE TO THAT LIST.
ARE YOU AWARE THAT THESE DONORS ACCORDING TO MR. GIANNOULIAS HAVE CRIMINAL BACKGROUNDS?

>> Mark Kirk: WELL, SO MUCH WITH ALEXI GIANNOULIAS, WHEN YOU ARE DEBATING HIM, IT’S LIKE AND NOW THE REST OF THE STORY.
IT’S LIKE A PAUL HARVEY EPISODE.
WHAT HE DOESN’T SAY IS WE REFUNDED THE MONEY AS SOON AS WE KNEW ABOUT CRIMINAL PROBLEMS.
MANY OF THEM WE REFUNDED ALMOST A DECADE AGO.

>> Alexi Giannoulias: YOU REFUNDED ALL OF THESE CONTRIBUTIONS?

>> Mark Kirk: WELL, FOR EXAMPLE, STUART LEVINE AND NICHOLAS HERKINS, WHEN WE LOOK AT THIS I DIDN’T LEND HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS TO TONY REZKO.

>> Alexi Giannoulias: YOU RECEIVED A CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTION FROM TONY REZKO.

>> Mark Kirk: I DIDN’T INTERRUPT YOU.
I WOULD GIVE YOU THE RESPECT OF NOT INTERRUPTING YOU.

>> Alexi Giannoulias: YOU ALSO HAVE TO ANSWER PHIL’S QUESTION.

>> Mark Kirk: ARE YOU OKAY NOW?
CAN I TALK?

>> Alexi Giannoulias: SURE, GO AHEAD.
BE TRUTHFUL.

>> Mark Kirk: I’M GOING TO RESPECT MY OPPONENT AND LET HIM ANSWER AND THEN I WILL ANSWER.
WE REFUNDED THIS MONEY FROM, FOR EXAMPLE, STUART LEVINE AND WHEN YOU RUN BIG CAMPAIGNS, YOU WILL ACCEPT MONEY FROM A LOT OF PEOPLE BUT THEN WHEN YOU HEAR

ABOUT CRIMINAL PROBLEMS, YOU WILL REFUND IT.

WHAT I DIDN’T DO IS I DIDN’T LOAN MONEY TO TONY REZKO.
WHAT I DIDN’T DO IS RUN A BANK THAT HAD SO MANY RELATIONSHIPS WITH MOBSTERS AND FELONS.
WHAT I DIDN’T DO IS BET THE WHOLE BANK ON RISKY REAL ESTATE LOANS, A BROKERED HOT MONEY DEPOSITS.
“THE NEW YORK TIMES” ANALYSIS SHOWED LED TO THE COLLAPSE OF THIS INSTITUTION.
AND THEN A $390 MILLION BILL PAID BY THE FDIC.
BY THE WAY THAT WAS MY OPPONENT’S FIRST JOB.
HIS SECOND JOB WAS AS TREASURER FOR THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, IN WHICH HE PRESIDED OVER A STEADY COLLAPSE OF OUR STATE’S CREDIT RATING AND A LOSS OF COLLEGE

SAVINGS UNDER THE BRIGHT START PROGRAM.”

Read more:

http://blogs.chicagotribune.com/news_columnists_ezorn/2010/10/us-senate-debate-transcript.html

Giannoulias Rezko Obama. Another of many examples of politicians tied to corruption and crime in Chicago and IL and pay to play politics. Obama has been endorsing Giannoulias for years and both had money ties to rezko.

From Citizen Wells August 3, 2010.

““A new headache for Giannoulias? Another Rezko loan”

“By February 2006, businessman and political fixer Tony Rezko was already politically radioactive, caught up in a federal investigation that would see him criminally charged by the end of that year.

News reports had linked Rezko, a key adviser and campaign fund-raiser for then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich, to shady deals involving state pension funds — among the crimes that ultimately would send him to prison.

This was the Tony Rezko who, looking for millions of dollars for a massive South Loop development, turned to Broadway Bank, owned by the family of Alexi Giannoulias. Giannoulias, the Democrat now running for U.S. Senate, had left his post as a senior loan officer at the Chicago bank in late 2005 to mount a successful campaign for Illinois state treasurer, though he still held an ownership stake in the bank.

Rezko’s company asked. And Broadway Bank came through.

On Feb. 14, 2006, newly obtained records show, the bank made a $22.75 million loan to a company called Riverside District Development LLC, whose owners, it turns out, included Rezko.”

“Giannoulias, who touted his experience at Broadway Bank in his campaign to win election as state treasurer, has said its failure was the result of the national economic slowdown and the pullback in the real estate market, in which it invested heavily.”

“Broadway Bank made the loan even though another Rezko company, Chicago Hudson LLC, had fallen behind on a $10.9 million loan it got from the bank four years earlier. That loan — for a proposed high-rise condo building at 750 N. Hudson on the Near North Side that never got built — ended up in Bankruptcy Court. The property ended up being sold to another developer. Broadway Bank received $11.5 million from the sale, which took place July 31, 2006.

Following Rezko’s indictment in October 2006, he and his lawyers met in January 2007 with U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve to discuss his assets. During that closed-door hearing, Rezko disclosed his ownership stake in Riverside District Development, the company that got the $22.75 million loan from Broadway Bank. Rezko’s lawyers said his main partner in Riverside was General Mediterranean Holding, a Luxembourg company controlled by Iraq-born billionaire Nadhmi Auchi.”

“According to Giannoulias and Auchi, Riverside District Development paid off the Broadway Bank loan with money it obtained from a $27 million loan from another financial institution: Mutual Bank.

Like Broadway Bank, Mutual also ended up getting shut down by federal regulators — though the loan was paid off, records show. Like Rezko, Mutual’s president, Amrish Mahajan, had been a top fund-raiser for Blagojevich.”

Read more:

http://www.suntimes.com/news/watchdogs/2555870,CST-NWS-watchdogs02.article

For those of you really paying attention, the following exerpt will ring a bell.

“Conner was employed by Mutual bank from on or about August 3, 2000 until involuntarily terminated on October 23, 2007. Conner reported to James Murphy, Senior Vice President, Internal Auditor/Risk Manager, who in turn reported to Amrish Mahajan, President & CEO of Mutual Bank.””

Read more:

https://citizenwells.wordpress.com/2010/08/03/obama-giannoulias-rezko-auchi-mahajan-obama-still-attending-giannoulias-fundraiser-giannoulias-bank-loan-citizen-wells-open-thread-august-3-2010/

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Blagojevich trial, News and insight, April 27, 2010, Blagojevich Obama Blackwell, Pay to play politics, Dan Shoman, Blagojevich and Blackwell, Alexi Giannoulias

Blagojevich trial, News and insight, April 27, 2010

Here is another Obama, Blagojevich triangle, another example of pay to play politics in Chicago, IL.
Remember the email I received from Robert Blackwell of Killerspin shortly after I followed up on the LA Times story about Obama, Blackwell and Dan Shoman, Obama’s former campaign manager?

Obama, Blagojevich, Blackwell
“The Los Angeles Times, in an article dated April 27, 2008 reveals
that Obama received a $8,000 a month retainer from Robert Blackwell
for his technology firm, Electronic Knowledge Interchange,
for a total of $112,000. The following exerpts are from the LA times
article:
“A few months after receiving his final payment from EKI, Obama sent a request on state Senate letterhead urging Illinois officials to provide a $50,000 tourism promotion grant to another Blackwell company, Killerspin.”

“With support from Obama, other state officials and an Obama aide who went to work part time for Killerspin, the company eventually obtained $320,000 in state grants between 2002 and 2004 to subsidize its tournaments.”

“But Obama portrays himself as a lawmaker dedicated to transparency and sensitive to even the appearance of a conflict of interest.”

“Killerspin’s owner, Blackwell, was a political supporter and friend as well. Both men lived on Chicago’s South Side. Blackwell, a savvy and successful entrepreneur, was one of the first donors to Obama’s early campaigns, including the state senator’s failed bid for a congressional seat in 2000. In the presidential race he is credited on Obama’s website with committing to raise $100,000 to $200,000 for Obama’s campaign.””

Robert Blackwell and Rod Blagojevich

The following is from a news release by EKI Consulting:

“BLACKWELL JR. NAMED TO ILLINOIS GOVERNOR’S TRANSITION TEAM

November 11, 2002

CHICAGO – Robert Blackwell Jr., CEO and founder of Electronic Knowledge Interchange Inc., has been named to the transition team of Governor-elect Rod Blagojevich.

Blackwell’s appointment to the 14-member group was announced at a downtown news conference. The transition team will advise Blagojevich on putting together his state government management operation. Blagojevich will be sworn into office on January 13 and the transition team meets next week. “”

Read more

From above:

“With support from Obama, other state officials and an Obama aide who went to work part time for Killerspin”
The Obama aide was more than just an aide.
“Dan Shomon was a long time employee of Robert Blackwell and Barack Obama as well as main political advisor to Obama.

Obama initiated the request for Robert Blackwell company Killerspin to receive a grant from Illinois and made the request on official Illinois Senate stationery.

Shoman, while an employee of both Blackwell and Obama secured grants for Blackwell company Killerspin:
$200,000 grant for its 2003 tournament
$100,000 grant for its 2004 tournament”

“Obama supported the re-election of Gov. Rod Blagojevich, whose administration is embroiled in corruption probes.

EKI, a Blackwell company, gave $20,000 to Blagojevich.
Electronic Knowledge Interchange won $6 million in technology consulting and software development contracts. EKI did no state
work until after Blagojevich took office.
(* reference 2)

Robert Blackwell Companies gave the following to Obama’s campaign in 2007:

BLACKWELL CONSULTING SERVICES $9,200.00
EKI  $6,925.00
KILLERSPIN  $16,500.00
(* reference 3)

Dan Shoman was referred to as an Obama aide in the LA Times article but he was much more than that:
October 2002
“He (Obama) consulted with Shoman, still his main political adviser”
(* reference 4)

April 13, 2006

“Like the ill-advised connection to Obama in Aurora, thanks to Dan Shomon, Obama is mentioned in the same discusion with all these problems with Giannoulias.”
“Shomon’s main activities are political campaigns and helping Obama and his friends like Alexi Giannoulias who is now the Treasurer for the State of Illinois.”
“We think it’s HIGHLY unethical of Dan Shomon or Tom Weisner to exploit the taxpayers of Aurora for political purpose. Barack Obama’s credibility is also risked in the process of Shomon and Weisner’s games at the expense of taxpayers.
“Aurora Mayor Thomas J. Weisner gave Shomon the lobbying gig in exchange for political work, including getting the endorsement of Barack Obama back in 2005 when Obama first said he would remain “neutral” in the heated mayoral race.”
“In the 2006 Democratic primary, for example, Obama endorsed first-time candidate Alexi Giannoulias for state treasurer despite reports about loans Giannoulias’ family-owned Broadway Bank made to crime figures. Records show Giannoulias and his family had given more than $10,000 to Obama’s campaign, which banked at Broadway.”
(* reference 5)”

Read more

To learn more about Rod Blagojevich, Tony rezko, Barack Obama, et al and the events leading up to the Blagojevich trial visit:

Blagojevich Trial 101

Dan Shomon, Obama, Robert Blackwell, Illinois state grants, Obama retainer, Killerspin, Blagojevich, Rezko, Alexi Giannoulias, Not on MSM, MSM being bought?

The Los Angeles Times, in an article dated April 27, 2008 reveals
that Obama received a $8,000 a month retainer from Robert Blackwell
for his technology firm, Electronic Knowledge Interchange,
for a total of $112,000. The following exerpts are from the LA times
article:

“A few months after receiving his final payment from EKI, Obama sent a request on state Senate letterhead urging Illinois officials to provide a $50,000 tourism promotion grant to another Blackwell company, Killerspin.”

“With support from Obama, other state officials and an Obama aide who went to work part time for Killerspin, the company eventually obtained $320,000 in state grants between 2002 and 2004 to subsidize its tournaments.”

“But Obama portrays himself as a lawmaker dedicated to transparency and sensitive to even the appearance of a conflict of interest.”

“Killerspin’s owner, Blackwell, was a political supporter and friend as well. Both men lived on Chicago’s South Side. Blackwell, a savvy and successful entrepreneur, was one of the first donors to Obama’s early campaigns, including the state senator’s failed bid for a congressional seat in 2000. In the presidential race he is credited on Obama’s website with committing to raise $100,000 to $200,000 for Obama’s campaign.”

Obama and his supporters have downplayed the legal retainer and grant
request. The MSM is barely touching this story. Even the LA Times,
that broke this story, downplays the significance of Dan Shomon and
refers to him as an Obama aide. Dan Shomon was much more than just
an Obama aide. Consider the following facts about Shomon and his
relation with Obama and other politicians and businessmen.

Here are the facts about Dan Shomon, Robert Blackwell, Alexi Giannoulias and Obama’s ties to Shomon, Blackwell, Alexi Giannoulias and Chicago and Illinois corruption:

Dan Shomon was a long time employee of Robert Blackwell and Barack Obama as well as main political advisor to Obama.

Obama initiated the request for Robert Blackwell company Killerspin to receive a grant from Illinois and made the request on official Illinois Senate stationery.

Shoman, while an employee of both Blackwell and Obama secured grants for Blackwell company Killerspin:
$200,000 grant for its 2003 tournament
$100,000 grant for its 2004 tournament

Robert Blackwell had strong ties to Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich who has been mentioned many times during the Tony Rezko corruption trial.
The following is from a news release by EKI Consulting:
“BLACKWELL JR. NAMED TO ILLINOIS GOVERNOR’S TRANSITION TEAM”
The top of the press release reads:
For Immediate Release
Contact: Dan Shomon, (312) 578-0450
(* reference 1)

Obama supported the re-election of Gov. Rod Blagojevich, whose administration is embroiled in corruption probes.

EKI, a Blackwell company, gave $20,000 to Blagojevich.
Electronic Knowledge Interchange won $6 million in technology consulting and software development contracts. EKI did no state
work until after Blagojevich took office.
(* reference 2)

Robert Blackwell Companies gave the following to Obama’s campaign in 2007:

BLACKWELL CONSULTING SERVICES $9,200.00
EKI  $6,925.00
KILLERSPIN  $16,500.00
(* reference 3)

Dan Shoman was referred to as an Obama aide in the LA Times article but he was much more than that:
October 2002
“He (Obama) consulted with Shoman, still his main political adviser”
(* reference 4)

April 13, 2006

“Like the ill-advised connection to Obama in Aurora, thanks to Dan Shomon, Obama is mentioned in the same discusion with all these problems with Giannoulias.”
“Shomon’s main activities are political campaigns and helping Obama and his friends like Alexi Giannoulias who is now the Treasurer for the State of Illinois.”
“We think it’s HIGHLY unethical of Dan Shomon or Tom Weisner to exploit the taxpayers of Aurora for political purpose. Barack Obama’s credibility is also risked in the process of Shomon and Weisner’s games at the expense of taxpayers.
“Aurora Mayor Thomas J. Weisner gave Shomon the lobbying gig in exchange for political work, including getting the endorsement of Barack Obama back in 2005 when Obama first said he would remain “neutral” in the heated mayoral race.”
“In the 2006 Democratic primary, for example, Obama endorsed first-time candidate Alexi Giannoulias for state treasurer despite reports about loans Giannoulias’ family-owned Broadway Bank made to crime figures. Records show Giannoulias and his family had given more than $10,000 to Obama’s campaign, which banked at Broadway.”
(* reference 5)
“Andy Martin says ‘retainer’ by Robert Blackwell, Jr. was classic Illinois ‘pay to play’ and may have been criminal behavior.”
(* reference 6)

From Obama’s website. Reveals connection to Shomon:
“”She is as strong and stubborn as he is,” said Dan Shomon, an aide to Obama during his unsuccessful challenge to U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) eight years ago.”

http://www.barackobama.com/2007/04/22/michelle_obama_baracks_rock.php
“After just a few years, Obama was talking about running for Congress, and thought he saw an opportunity. In 1999, black congressman Bobby Rush had challenged Richard M. Daley for mayor, and lost. Obama conducted a poll, says then-campaign manager Dan Shomon, and it suggested that some voters, particularly white ones, were looking for an alternative to Rush.”

http://www.barackobama.com/2007/08/12/a_series_of_fortunate_events.php

References

1. The full press release can be read here:

http://www.eki-consulting.com/APPS/EKIHP1.nsf/Content/BE14CC6D3CE4025586256D030075A471?OpenDocument

2.Here is the link:
http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/blagojevich/695931,gov013005.stng

3.Here is the link:

http://query.nictusa.com/pres/2007/Q2/C00431445/A_EMPLOYER_C00431445

4.October 2002

So when Saltzman was assembling speakers for the anti-war rally in late October 2002, Obama came to her mind…She called him and asked him to participate in the rally…Obama…did not immediately agree, but he told Saltzman that he would think it over…

“He consulted with Shoman, still his main political adviser at the time, and Shomon told him…if Saltzman was urging him to speak, he could not refuse. Moreover, Obama was trying to draw Axelrod onto his Senate campaign team. It would not be wise to disappoint Saltzman if he wanted her to continue lobbying Axelrod on his behalf. So Obama agreed to speak…Obama made the decision to protest the impending war in part as a political calculation that he hoped would benefit him among Democrats…
http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2008/02/29/7364/
5.Here is the link:
http://openline.blogspot.com/2006/04/more-not-so-good-news-for-city-of.html
6.Here is the link:
http://www.pr-inside.com/smoking-gun-prompts-andy-martin-to-r559376.htm