Pay To Play - The Chicago Way

You can still find some information on the web about Rezko, Blagojevich, Obama, and the endless list of crooks who own politics in Chicago and Illinois.

I have an interesting interview posted below between Obama and reporter, ABDON M. PALLASCH of the Times.

Chicago Sun Times March 14, 2008:

All along the way, red flags should have been going up but were not because he had known and trusted Rezko so long, Obama conceded.

“He never once asked me for any favors, or ever did any favors for me,” Obama said. “He never gave me any gifts or gave me any indication he was setting me up to ask for any favors in the future.”

For some details of insider politics in Obama’s natural habitat check out this site. I copied a small portion of a typical scam Obama, Rezko, and Blogojevich were all involved in. It is typical “follow the money.” It is part of the Rezko tril.

Curtain Time For Barack Obama:
Final Chapter

By Evelyn Pringle

22 May, 2008
Countercurrents.org

“That part of the scheme will likely be detailed in future indictments, probably starting with Blagojevich. Blagojevich signed the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Act with an effective date of June 27, 2003. However, before he could sign the act, a bill had to be passed by the Illinois House and Senate. As discussed fully in Curtain Time Part II, Obama was the inside guy in the senate who pushed through the legislation that resulted in the Act.

Obama was appointed chairman of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee. The minute the bill was introduced, it was referred to his committee for review. The sponsors of the bill also served on this committee with Obama. Within a month, Chairman Obama sent word to the full senate that the legislation should be passed.

On May 31, 2003, Senate Bill 1332 passed and specified that the “Board shall be appointed by the Governor, with the advice and consent of the Senate." The legislation reduced the number of members from 15 to 9, paving the way for the appointment of a five-bloc majority to rig the votes.

The corrupt members appointed included three doctors who contributed to Obama. Michel Malek gave Obama $10,000 on June 30, 2003 and donated $25,000 to Blagojevich on July 25, 2003. Malek also gave Obama another $500 in September 2003.

Fortunee Massuda donated $25,000 to Blagojevich on July 25, 2003, and gave a total of $2,000 to Obama on different dates. After he was appointed, Dr Imad Almanaseer contributed a total of $3,000 to Obama. Almanaseer did not give money to Blagojevich.

When the first pay-to-play scheme was put in play, and the application for approval of a new hospital was submitted, the Department of Human Services, along with four other Illinois agencies, sent recommendations that the project should be approved even though experts said the hospital was not needed.

During the trial, Rezko’s attorney presented an email exchange to the jury that hinted at Obama's role in setting up the scheme. The exchange showed that Obama and seven other top Illinois politicians consulted on the legislation passed in 2003 and were involved in recommending the members for the board.

Matthew Pickering wrote the memo to Blagojevich’s general counsel, Susan Lichtenstein, on behalf of David Wilhelm, a former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, who headed Blagojevich's 2002 campaign for governor.

Pickering said he and Wilhelm had “worked closely” over six months with state legislators. The memo recommended the appointees listed above and stated, “our attached recommendations reflect that involvement” with the political leaders.

The persons appointed to rig the votes, including those who contributed to Blagojevich and Obama, are cooperating in exchange for immunity or lighter prison sentences.

Feds shut down pay-to-play schemes”

See how this works? Obama, not known for actually VOTING on bills, takes the helm of this one and lowers the amount of board members so as to be easily bribed or paid off with jobs, etc. And behold, campaign cash appears shortly thereafter.

 

In the Rezko trial some of the new members rolled.

 

It should be noted that the ORIGINAL Senate Health and Services Committee, the one with 15 members, included 8 Consumer Representatives. Once it was down to 9 members the public had less clout.

 

Typical municipal scam – typical behavior of anyone who wanted to get ahead in Chicago politics.

 

And Obama says he doesn’t know Rezko very well. It seems he knew how to play the game.