Well, after he hired Tim “TurboTax” Geithner, did you expect Obama’s donors to be any better at following the law?
A major donor to President Barack Obama has been accused of defrauding a businessman and impersonating a bank official, creating new headaches for Obama’s re-election campaign as it deals with the questionable history of another top supporter.
The New York donor, Abake Assongba, and her husband contributed more than $50,000 to Obama’s re-election effort this year, federal records show. But Assongba is also fending off a civil court case in Florida, where she’s accused of thieving more than $650,000 to help build a multimillion-dollar home in the state – a charge her husband denies.
Obama is the only presidential contender this year who released his list of “bundlers,” the financiers who raise campaign money by soliciting high-dollar contributions from friends and associates. But that disclosure has not come without snags; his campaign returned $200,000 last month to Carlos and Alberto Cardona, the brothers of a Mexican fugitive wanted on federal drug charges.
Note the AP trying to drag a red herring across the story with the line about Obama being the only one who’s released his list of bundlers. That fact is irrelevant to the larger point of the story, which is that another big donor, whether donating her own money or someone else’s, being charged with serious crimes.
Looks like a cash-strapped Obama campaign will have to return another campaign donation.