One of the open scandals about the 2008 Obama for President campaign was its openness to illegal contributions. Indeed, the campaign website didn't even make a pretense of checking the source of donations delivered through it. In consequence, quite a lot of money flowed into the campaign's coffers from places such as the Gaza Strip -- a dubious residence for American citizens with an interest in presidential politics.
During the campaign, Obama's many shady associates popped onto the national radar one after another. Bill Ayres. Tony Rezko. Jeremiah Wright. Alex Giannoulias. Louis Farrakhan. But the media's infatuation with the candidate was too profound to allow any depth of examination of these relationships, even after really damaging linkages between Obama and these various hoods and venom spouters were discovered.
After Obama's inauguration, he began appointing persons of dubious antecdents and ominous agendas to high federal positions. Tim Geithner. Van Jones. John Holdren. Cass Sunstein. Anita Dunn. Steven Cho. Few of those appointments were challenged, and only one -- Van Jones -- actually failed to "take."
With a track record like this one, I suppose this should come as no surprise:
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.
Never before has an American executive administration displayed such brass in flouting so many aspects of the law. But given that the Obamunists regard the Constitution itself as an obstacle to be circumvented, finessed, or outright ignored, perhaps it's unreasonable to expect them to hew to a standard of any sort in these lesser matters.
Will any of this be permitted to bear on Obama's re-election? Or will his lapdogs in the Main Stream Media succeed in suppressing the lot of it once again? We shall see.