Friday, October 3, 2008

Campaign 08: Will President Obama Pardon ...

The Washington Times reports that the FBI has "raided" the county offices of a former Illinois state senator who is "a poker-playing buddy" of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. Larry Walsh has campaigned for Obama in rural and farming areas of the state and became "tight friends" during their tenure in the Illinois Senate, bonding over games of poker. Obama also endorsed Walsh in his county executive election bid.

According to "sources," the investigation may be tied to lobbying firm Smith Dawson and Andrews, "which was hired in 2006 for $10,000 per month to help Will County acquire federal grants." Last month, Walsh announced Will County was the recipient of a $750,000 federal government grant and one of the firm's partners contributed $2,000 to help Mr. Walsh's county executive election bid. See story here.

Will President Obama grant a pardon to Walsh and derail any further investigation into these matters? How will such a preemptive pardon be interpreted by the American people? A spokesperson for Obama has already claimed that he will not derail the prosecution of Tony Rezko with a pardon (see post here). As Obama's relationship with ACORN and Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac may require further investigation (see posts here and here), it appears candidate Obama needs to address the issue of preemptive pardons at least as much as the President.

1 comment:

Glenn Bigsby said...

In 2006, Obama requested that Will County receive $1.3 million to support its Flood Studies for Unincorporated Will County.

In 2006, Obama requested $800,000 for the Will County Sheriff’s Office Wireless Communications Technology Upgrades.

In 2006, Obama requested $1,953,331 for Will County’s Ridgewood Water and Sewage Project.

In 2005, Obama requested $2 million for the Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois, to establish a Center for Academic and Community Learning, which is designed to address the significant educational needs of the less advantaged in the Will County region by providing academic assistance not only for students on campus but also for residents of the surrounding communities.

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