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agdlp Donating Member (363 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-28-08 12:34 PM
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Obama endorses mobster Giannoulias ad
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Alexi Giannouliasa "man who has long been dogged by charges that the bank his family owns helped finance a Chicago crime figure" and "who became Illinois state treasurer" in 2006 after Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) "vouched for him""pledged to raise $100,000 for the senator's Oval Office bid," Charles Hurt reported September 5, 2007, in the New York Post.

The September 5, 2007, Chicago fundraiser was omitted from Obama's public schedule and the event was closed to the press," Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

"Before he promised to raise funds for Obama, Giannoulias bankrolled Michael 'Jaws' Giorango, a Chicagoan twice convicted of bookmaking and promoting prostitution.

"Giannoulias is so tainted by reputed mob links that several top Illinois Dems, including the state's speaker of the House and party chairman, refused to endorse him even after he won the Democratic nomination with Obama's help.

"Giannoulias was the bank's vice president and chief loan officer for most of the more than $15 million in loans," Hurt wrote although "he was not charged with breaking any laws. The Obama campaign disputed any suggestion that Obama is tarnished by the association."

Obama and Giannoulias reportedly met on the basketball court "in the late 1990s ... at the East Bank Club, a luxurious spot in downtown Chicago," Jodi Kantor wrote June 1, 2007, in the New York Times.

Now, "thanks in part to backing, is now the Illinois state treasurer. Other regular gymmates include the president of the Cook County Board of Commissioners, the director of the Illinois Department of Public Health and several investment bankers who were early and energetic fund-raisers," Kantor wrote.

Additionally, it would appear that any concerns about the crime-related bank loans expressed by Obama in April 2006 had long blown over prior to the September 5, 2007, fundraiser.
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Tarheel_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-28-08 12:52 PM
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1. didn't you just have a similar thread locked?
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madrchsod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-28-08 12:57 PM
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2. so obama is a made guy?
you`ve watched to many bad mob movies
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agdlp Donating Member (363 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-28-08 01:00 PM
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3. Alexi Giannoulias - Reference it yourself..
Charles Hurt, "Obama's 'Mob-Tie' $idekick," New York Post, September 5, 2007.

Lynn Sweet, "Today in Obamaville. Ill. State Giannoulias hosts Obama funder in Chicago. NYPost goes after Giannoulias," Chicago Sun-Times, September 5, 2007.

"One Place Where Obama Goes Elbow to Elbow," New York Times, June 1, 2007.

Rich Miller, "Under the bus," The Capitol Fax Blog, April 13, 2006.

Russ Stewart, "2006 Candidate Field Features Many Oddities,", January 4, 2006.

Andrew Davis, "Stonewall Dems Endorse Candidates," Windy City Times, March 8, 2006.

Dan Johnson-Weinberger, "Mangieri versus Giannoulias primary a fascinating look at the Democratic Party," DJWinfo, February 4, 2006.

"Legislative Developments in Export Controls and Economic Sanctions," Latham & Watkins LLP, undated 2007.

Andy Shaw, "Obama backs young candidate for state treasurer," ABC News Chicago, February 24, 2006.

Dan Curry, "What about Alexi, Barack? Media has chance today to ask Obama about Alexi," Reverse Spin Blog, April 12, 2006. /

Andy Shaw, "Opponent questions Giannoulias connections to mob," ABC News Chicago, September 28, 2006.

Vanessa Phillips, "Giannoulias takes victory for treasurer, backed by incumbent Democrats," Medill News Service, November 7, 2006.

Rich Miller, "Statehouse Squabbling Could Hurt Obama in Illinois," River Cities' Reader, February 21, 2007.

David Jackson and John McCormick, "Critics: Obama endorsements counter calls for clean government," Chicago Tribune, June 12, 2007.

John Ruberry, "'Obama's candidate' Giannoulias needs to explain alleged mob ties, says state house speaker," Marathon Pundit Blogspot, September 1, 2007.

Lynn Sweet, "'It's unbelievable'. Oprah/Obama: Star-studded spectacular event raises $3 million for campaign," Chicago Sun-Times, September 9, 2007.,CST-NWS-sweet...

susanhu, "Look Before You Leap: Obama's Mobbed-Up Allies," MyDD, January 27, 2008.
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Nailzberg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-28-08 03:58 PM
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4. Giannoulias is not a mobster. He is a Democratic officeholder.
You are using the campaign smears of the Republican loser in the Treasurer's race brought forth. There has never been am implication of wrong-doing made against Alexi Giannoulias so why don't you pack up the slime.
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Broken_Hero Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-28-08 04:34 PM
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5. Locking

Headline is misleading to point of constituting a smear, which makes this flame-bait.

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