January 31, 2008
MORE ON Obama and Rezko. “An undeclared $3.5 million (Â£1.8 million) payment from a corrupt Iraqi-British businessman has landed Barack Obamaâ€™s former fundraiser behind bars. The payment, disclosed in court papers, is the first time that Mr Obamaâ€™s long-serving bagman Antoin ‘Tony’ Rezko, a Syrian immigrant to the United States, has been linked to Nadhmi Auchi, the Iraqi-born billionaire who is one of Britainâ€™s richest men. The relationship is a potential embarrassment for Mr Obama, who has made his opposition to the Iraq war a central plank of his campaign.” Kind of tough language in this report from The Times.