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ABC NEWS is running with a new story tying Biden to a convicted REZKO crony, Joseph Cari.

Biden Tied to Rezko Fraud Figure
Vice-Presidential Candidate's Former Campaign Advisor and Fundraiser Aided Kickback Scheme

Chicago lawyer and onetime mega-fundraiser Joseph Cari has advised Biden and his campaigns on and off since 1984, serving in posts as varied as a Senate adviser on crime to the Midwest Political Director for Biden's aborted 1987 presidential bid. In 2005 Cari helped arrange private meetings for Biden with potential supporters, as the senator explored another run for the White House. He has also worked to raise money for Biden .

Federal prosecutors indicted Cari in August 2005 and in September Cari cut a deal, agreeing to cooperate with the government's investigation and pleading guilty to a count of attempted extortion .

Cari admitt ed that in 2004 he helped a Rezko associate by making calls in what turned out to be a kickback scheme. The deal was an offshoot of a complex corruption scheme wrought by Antoin "Tony" Rezko , whose ties to Obama have vexed the White House hopeful . Cari has maintained he did not know the details of that scheme or any other.

Cari's sentencing is delayed while he cooperates with the investigation. He testified at Rezko's trial earlier this year, in which a jury found Rezko guilty on 16 of 24 corruption-related felony charges. Obama, who entered into a complex real estate transaction with Rezko and his wife in 2005 that appeared to aid the senator, has returned nearly $150,000 in donations he received from Rezko and his associates over the years.

Not sure why this is being released TODAY, but it's leading the Brian Ross Blog.

http://abcnews.go.com/...

The Article is three pages long, and labeled as a Brian Ross Investigative Report, by Justi Rood

Originally posted to IndianaDemocrat on Mon Aug 25, 2008 at 01:20 PM PDT.

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