I’ve spent most of the day attending to things other than the internet and blogging, but right before this morning’s podcast Siggy brought to my attention this excellent post from Ed Morrissey,
Did Saddam Figure’s Millions Influence Obama?
The Times of London follows the money in the journalistic tradition of Watergate and finds a strange connection between Tony Rezko, Barack Obama, and Nadhmi Auchi. The latter, one of Britain’s richest men, has a long history of shady financial dealings as well as numerous connections to Saddam Hussein, who he helped to power. According to the Times, Auchi sent a lot of money to Rezko just before his wife bought property adjacent to the Obamas in a land deal that has already raised a lot of eyebrows.
The land deal involved a parcel of land that could only be accessed through the Obama property, therefore making it useless to anyone other than the Obamas.
The Times article is titled Mansion ‘mistake’ piles the pressure on Barack Obama, and, as Flopping Aces puts it,
How the three intertwine is by the fact that Rezko was pretty much owned by Mr. Auchi
Auchi is the thirteenth-richest man in Britain. So much for populism.
Rick Moran explains
Auchi is emerging as a key figure in the corruption trial of Rezko and also played a part in one of Rezko’s attempts to exploit his relationship with Obama. Obama denies he ever did any favors for Rezko or his associates but the crooked Obama fundraiser told prosecutors that after Auchi gave him another “loan,” he asked Obama to intervene with the State Department in order to get a visa for Auchi who was being denied entry into the US
And who is Auchi?
First of all, his business dealings make Rezko’s kickback schemes for political contributions look like the minor leagues of sleaze. Auchi had a hand in the biggest political and corporate scandal in post war Europe, the so-called “Elf Affair” where $2 billion francs up and disappeared from the French state oil company Elf.
Auchi was a long-time Saddam Hussein supporter. There’s a lot more on Rezko and Auchi at Rick’s post.
There’s even a Rezkowatch blog.
What I don’t understand is why this is not getting the publicity the Obama with the silly hat photos got yesterday. The media will bury this story even after Rezko gets convicted.
As Media Lizzy is mentioning in her podcast right now, Obama does not have the transparency issue that Hillary has, even considering this shady deal.
Will this become a non-issue? Very likely.
Or will it be Mansiongate?
We’ll see what part the bloggers will play.