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Ex-Obama fundraiser jailed for fraud

23 November 2011, 14:57

CHICAGO, Nov 23 – A former fundraiser for President Barack Obama was sentenced to 10 and a half years in jail on Tuesday for extorting millions of dollars from firms seeking help from former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.

Obama has never been implicated in the corruption scandals which have roiled his adopted home state of Illinois in recent years.

However, his Republican foes have tried to exploit his ties to influence peddler Antoin “Tony” Rezko, who was convicted of using his political clout to demand kickbacks in June 2008 – just a day after Obama clinched enough delegates to be the Democratic party’s presidential nominee.

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