On Fox & Friends, Brian Kilmeade discussed the release by Sen. Barack Obama's campaign of a list of campaign contributions raised by Antoin "Tony" Rezko -- which the campaign says will be donated to charity -- and asserted that the list was of "people that donated to his campaign for Senate and for the presidency." Steve Doocy replied, "Well, actually, I think it's just during the presidential campaign." In fact, a Politico article noted that "the only presidential campaign contribution on the list" came from "financier and Hollywood producer Thomas Rosenberg."
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On the March 18 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends, co-host Brian Kilmeade discussed the release by Sen. Barack Obama's campaign of a list of campaign contributions raised by indicted fundraiser Antoin "Tony" Rezko -- which the campaign says will be donated to charity -- and asserted that the list was of "people that donated to his campaign for Senate and for the presidency." Co-host Steve Doocy replied, "Well, actually, I think it's just during the presidential campaign." In fact, as Politico staff writer Kenneth P. Vogel noted in a March 15 article, "the only presidential campaign contribution on the list" came from "financier and Hollywood producer Thomas Rosenberg."
Indeed, Rosenberg's two $2,300 contributions were the only ones made after Obama established his presidential exploratory committee on January 16, 2007. In his article, Vogel provided a "list of all the Rezko-linked contributions Obama is contributing to charity, including previously released contributions." According to Vogel, the list consists of "the total contributions that Obama's campaign said in a statement 'could be reasonably credited to Mr. Rezko's political support.' " The list provided by Vogel includes both a "list of 43 contributions totaling $73,900" that the campaign released March 15 and $85,185 in contributions that it had released on March 14 -- a total of $159,085.
Rezko, Antoin 9/1/1999 $1,000
Abboud, Anthony 3/27/2000 $850
Abboud, Anthony 6/30/2003 $500
Abboud, Anthony 3/5/2004 $250
Abboud, Anthony 6/25/2004 $1,000
Abdalla, Mustafa 6/30/2003 $1,000
Abruzzo, Steven 6/30/2003 $1,000
Almanaseer, Imad 3/12/2004 $1,000
Almanaseer, Imad 5/24/2004 $2,000
Aramanda, Joseph 3/17/2000 $1,000
Aramanda, Joseph 6/30/2003 $500
Aramanda, Joseph 3/5/2004 $10,000
Arons, Jennifer Shaxted 3/17/2000 $1,000
Ata, Ali 6/30/2003 $5,000
Barta, James 6/30/2003 $2,000
Butler, Velma 6/30/2003 $1,000
Cacciatore, Joseph 6/30/2003 $1,000
Cari, Joseph 5/16/2003 $335
Cari, Joseph 12/5/2003 $1,000
Carriglio, Jack 6/30/2003 $1,000
Chaib, Al 6/30/2003 $5,000
Cherry, Myron 7/27/2004 $500
Chipparoni, Guy 6/30/2003 $2,000
Di Benedetto, Vincent 6/30/2003 $10,000
Farahati, Mandan 6/30/2003 $2,000
Fishman, Judi 12/31/2002 $1,000
Fishman, Judi 12/31/2002 $500
Glennon, John 1/8/2004 $1,000
Gustman, Lisa 6/30/2003 $1,000
Hatchett-Polk, Bernice 12/31/2002 $1,000
Hatchett-Polk, Bernice 3/31/2003 $500
King Dibble, Kelly 6/30/2003 $250
Lannen, Kathy 6/30/2003 $2,500
Lavin, John 4/4/2005 $300
Licata, Anthony 10/8/2004 $1,000
Mahru, Daniel 3/17/2000 $1,000
Mahru, Daniel 3/5/2004 $5,000
Malek, Michel 6/30/2003 $10,000
Malek, Michel 9/15/2003 $500
Maloof, Elie G. 3/17/2000 $1,000
Maloof, Elie 12/30/2003 $10,000
Massuda, Fortunee 1/26/2004 $2,000
Mesi, Philip 6/30/2003 $2,000
Mesi, Philip 12/31/2003 $10,000
Mesi, Philip 6/10/2005 $1,000
Morgan, Craig 3/5/2004 $10,000
Nammari, Suheil 6/30/2003 $2,000
Othman, Talat 6/30/2003 $1,000
Pollock, Martello 6/30/2003 $1,000
Ray, Paul 12/31/2002 $1,000
Ray, Paul 6/30/2003 $3,000
Ray, Paul 10/6/2003 $2,000
Rezko, Rita 9/1/1999 $1,000
Rezko, Aboud 12/31/2002 $1,000
Rezko, Aboud 12/31/2002 $500
Rezko, Rita 12/31/2002 $500
Rezko, Rita 12/31/2002 $1,000
Rezko, Antoin 12/31/2002 $1,000
Rezko, Antoin 3/31/2003 $500
Rezko, Antoin 10/3/2003 $10,000
Rosenberg, Thomas 6/23/2004 $2,000
Rosenberg, Thomas 6/28/2007 $2,300
Rosenberg, Thomas 9/18/2007 $2,300
Sirazi, Semir 6/30/2003 $1,000
Sirazi, Semir 6/30/2003 $1,000
Smith, Jacqueline 6/30/2003 $1,000
Sreenan, Michael 6/30/2003 $2,000
Wade, Deloris P. 3/17/2000 $1,000
Wade, Deloris 12/31/2002 $1,000
Wade, Deloris 12/31/2002 $500
Wade, Deloris 6/30/2003 $1,000
Winter, Michael 6/30/2003 $3,000
Wislow, Susan 6/30/2003 $2,000
From the March 18 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:
DOOCY: Barack Obama's got a couple of people in his past who have caused him trouble. Of course, there's --
KILMEADE: Just one slumlord.
DOOCY: No, Rev. Jeremiah Wright --
KILMEADE: Oh yeah, that's true.
DOOCY: -- has caused him great trouble and that is why he is going to have a major speech just about two hours from now. You'll see it on Fox. But then there is that "slumlord" that -- as Hillary Clinton referred to Tony Rezko, during one of the debates. He did raise a lot of money for Barack Obama through the years.
CAMEROTA: Which Barack Obama has given back. He has just released a list -- well, first, let me tell you the charges against Rezko, because we have about 15 counts of wire and mail fraud. There are counts of aiding and abetting solicitation of bribery. There's money laundering; there's attempted extortion. I believe it all falls under the umbrella, also, of influence peddling.
CAMEROTA: He's now on trial --
CAMEROTA: -- in Chicago. So, recently, Barack Obama released the name of the donors, because Rezko's one of those bundlers, and he gave, recently, $73,000, almost $74,000, to the campaign. Obama's given that back now.
KILMEADE: I just wonder if I was one of the people giving it to Tony Rezko, and I feel as though it was stolen from me, or taken illegally from me, and then Barack Obama gets it and then has to distribute it to charity, how happy I'd be. But he has no choice. He's gonna give out 73,900. That's what he found as he released the list of how these people that donated to his campaign for Senate and for the presidency, how they're linked to Tony Rezko.
DOOCY: Well, I think -- actually, I think it's just during the presidential campaign --
KILMEADE: Just during the president?
DOOCY: -- because, apparently, Rezko had helped him raise a lot of money for state senate, which has never been refunded, and has not been donated to any charity. And also when he ran for Senate, Rezko was there. What's interesting is, as the prosecution out in Chicago has presented their case, and they say that, in at least one case, Mr. Rezko pressured somebody to do something and in return, that donor, that person he pressured, kicked money into Barack Obama's presidential campaign.
CAMEROTA: But pressured him to do what? Just give money or something even more?
DOOCY: Senate campaign.
DOOCY: But usually -- look if --
CAMEROTA: You said -- well, it's all told --
DOOCY: According to prosecutors, you know, "I'm going to do this for you, and then you, in turn, are going to donate money to Barack Obama."
CAMEROTA: Oh, I see. Quid pro quo. So --
KILMEADE: But let's just look at what he --
CAMEROTA: -- it's $159,000, I should say right now.
KILMEADE: And then you --
CAMEROTA: That's the total that they've had to give back from the campaigns.