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#142 Mar 25, 2012

Progressives for Obama was originated by socialists, for socialists.

Of the four main founders, two Bill Fletcher, Jr. and Barbara Ehrenreich are senior members of Democratic Socialists of America.
The fifth founder, Chicago activist Carl Davidson, the organization's webmaster is now one of four co-leaders of Committees of Correspondence.

Of the website's endorsers James Campbell, Barry Cohen, Van Gosse, Zenobia Johnson-Black, Marilyn Katz, Fred Klonsky, Eric Mar, Jay Schaffner, Dan Swinney, Harry Targ, John Trinkl and Mildred Williamson have proven Committees of Correspondence connections.

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#143 Mar 25, 2012

2008 ELECTION----PART 1 OF 2

Shortly before the November 2008 election CCDS issued a statement "A Critical Moment-a message to CCDS membership" calling for a major effort to defeat the Republicans and elect Obama.

With less than three months remaining before the November 4th general election, CCDS members together with all left and progressive forces
are urged to work wholeheartedly to ensure a massive defeat at the polls for John McCain and his war-mongering, neo-conservative,
right-wing sponsors.
Only a massive turnout of new, young, African American, Latino, Asian American, trade union, and progressive voters casting a ballot for
Barack Obama can insure this defeat.
We must find ways to argue the stakes inherent in a McCain win on key issues: ending the war, the
faltering economy, creating “green” jobs, a sustainable environment, universal health care, and restoring the right to organize unions.
The various smears, racism and fear mongering surrounding the first viable African American presidential candidacy are making inroads
among large segments of the public. CCDS members have a role to play in challenging the racism, joining with broad efforts like that of the
petition campaign against Fox TV’s racist characterizations of the Obamas organized by the Color of Change.
Hip hop artist, Das and 150 others delivered 620,000 signatures to Fox TV’s studios in Manhattan in July.

It is important to find ways to pressure the Obama campaign from an independent platform, and resist efforts to demoralize, sidetrack, and divide the movement to elect Obama. Progressives For Obama (P4O) is one such vehicle. It emerged in March 2008 during the primary campaign and has become a viable voice of critical support from the left,
aiming to countervail the growing right-wing pressures on the Obama campaign.
We urgently ask CCDS members to link up with local campaigns and organizations like Progressives for Obama (P4O) to infuse the election campaign with the issues that matter most and making the campaign at the base a deeply progressive project.
The NEC, at its most recent meeting, discussed issuing a message urging members in local areas to help build Progressives for Obama.

At the launch of P4O, a draft call was issued by Tom Hayden, Bill Fletcher, Barbara Ehrenreich, and Danny Glover. Carl Davidson, a member of the NCC of CCDS, is a key organizer and moderator of the P4O web blog.
The list of endorsers has grown impressively to include
leaders of labor,
peace and justice organizations, and
leading progressive individuals.
Carl Davidson added his own addendum to the message, urging CCDS members to work with Tent State,
Progressives for Obama,
Progressive Democrats of America,
United for Peace and Justice and
The Nation magazine.

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#144 Mar 25, 2012

2008 ELECTION----PART 2 OF 2

Work locally to expand the electorate in a younger, more progressive direction.

Register new voters, and work with other groups, including the young people around the Obama campaign. If it's a normal election,
McCain can win. If it's not, and turnout is new and different, we have a good shot. It really boils down to that.
Get out the vote. Registering doesn't help if they don't go to the polls. Again, work with others and the Obama youth, to do this. Be resolute, don't get sidetracked by the bumpy ride, stick to the
slogan,“Stop McCain, Stop the War, Vote Obama 2008!”
Get outside the usual comfort zones and make new allies. We're going to need them to wage struggle with the Obama White House in 2009.

Hook all this up with a local progressive blog or two or three, or start one yourself...Be a public face, then link to others across the country and with us nationally. This is the scaffolding of a national network.
If you're up for adventure, come to Denver for the Democratic National Convention. Hook up with Tent State, P4O, PDA, UFPJ and the Nation Magazine. We’ll put you to work!

CCDS members have a lot to contribute as an independent force committed to advance the fight for peace and for a massive jobs program in this year’s crucial elections. From this perspective we
urge members to consider joining and or supporting Progressives for Obama with our ideas, activism and financial support.

For those members and friends who are supporting other independent candidates, we urge that we go forward together to register new voters, fight hard on the issues and lay the groundwork for expanding and consolidating the progressive majority.

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#145 Mar 25, 2012

In 1991/92, the Communist Party USA split, with many members leaving to form, the Committees of Correspondence.

At the Committees of Correspondence founding conference, Berkeley California, July 17-19, 1992, Barbara Lee was a candidate for the CoC
National Coordinating Committee, while still a Democratic California State Assembly person.

Barbara Lee endorsing Barack Obama..While most California Democrats initially supported Hillary Clinton, in December 2008, California
Congresswoman Barbara Lee, became the first California Democrat to endorse Barack Obama.

Lee wrote in the December 10 2008 Huffington Post;

I wanted to share some exciting news with you, as today I announced my endorsement of Senator Barack Obama for President of the United States.
Like so many Americans, I first heard Senator Obama when he delivered his electrifying speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in
Boston. Deep down, I knew I'd witnessed history in the making. Barack Obama represents a bridge to the future. He embodies the hope and new direction that our country so desperately needs. As I've
watched Senator Obama campaign for the presidency, I am convinced that he is a real agent of change; a man who can lead our nation in a new
and positive direction.
This century cries for social, environmental, diplomatic, global, and neighborhood solutions to the misery that confronts far too many
people in our own country and around the globe. I share Senator Obama's vision and active commitment to building a society based on activism, progressive values and a keen sense that we must act now and outside of the usual bounds of partisanship and expediency.
I know that a President Obama would find a prompt and effective way to end the occupation of Iraq and that he would strengthen U.S. diplomacy
and international development as an instrument of national policy to prevent crises that lead to war and conflagration.
I know that a President Obama would place education, health care, poverty, economic security, criminal justice reform, climate change
and all of the important domestic issues at the top of his agenda. And, I know that a President Obama would make the eradication of
HIV/AIDS at home and abroad a top priority.

I founded One Voice PAC as an organization dedicated to helping electtruly progressive candidates who will challenge the status quo. To
that end, I am honored to endorse Senator Obama's candidacy and I hope you will join me in helping him secure the Democratic nomination for
the presidency.

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#146 Mar 25, 2012

Van Jones and Barack Obama..Barack Obama's former "Green Jobs Czar" Van Jones also had strong ties to the Committees of Correspondence.

Van Jones and his own Marxist-Leninist organization, STORM worked closely for years with members of Committees of Correspondence for
Democracy and Socialism.

Bay Area left identity Betita Martinez, a CCDS Advisory Board member was close to Jones and helped "mentor" his Ella Baker Center for Human
Rights staff. Martinez, Committees of Correspondence supporters Max Elbaum and Felicia Gustin, Van Jones and Adam Gold of STORM served
together on the organizing committee of anti-Iraq War newspaper War Times.

When leading Committees of Correspondence member Max Elbaum released his book "Revolution in the Air: Sixties Radicals Turn to Lenin, Mao
and Che" in 2002 Van Jones contributed these comments on the flyleaf;

By unearthing a hidden history of radical U.S. politics, Max Elbaum has erected an invaluable bridge between the generations. Finally, we
have one book that can successfully connect the dots between the battles of the 1960s and the emerging challenges and struggles of the
new century."

In February 2006 Van Jones was guest speaker at a Committees of Correspondence fund raiser in Berkeley. Kendra Alexander was a Communist Party USA and Committees of Correspondence leader.

The second annual CCDS and Kendra Alexander Foundation Banquet will take place on Sunday, February 19 at the Redwood Gardens community
room in Berkeley with Van Jones, a pioneering human rights activist known as a steadfast opponent of police brutality and mass
incarceration, as keynote speaker.
Jones is now working to create environmentally friendly, "green-collar" jobs for formerly incarcerated persons.

The banquet is titled "Towards Building a Progressive Majority" and benefits the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism
and the Kendra Alexander Foundation. The Foundation was named in honor of the visionary leader of the Committees of Correspondence.

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#147 Mar 25, 2012

The Communist Party USA's Peoples Weekly World January 31st 2009 quoted President Barack Obama as saying;
"I do not view the labor movement as part of the problem. To me, it's part of the solution."

OBAMA and the SEIU
According to SEIU president Andy Stern;

"There has never been a fight in Illinois or a fight in the nation where our members have not asked Barack Obama for assistance and he
has not done everything he could to help us,"
On February 15 2008 SEIU announced its endorsement of Barack Obama for president.

A press statement by the union stated;
Nurses, childcare workers, janitors and other service workers endorsed Sen. Barack Obama for president today, calling him the candidate with
the best vision, best plan and best strategy to lead the country to a new American Dream....

SEIU members are supporting Obama with an aggressive political effort.
With more than 150,000 members in the upcoming primary states, including Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Texas, SEIU
will mobilize thousands to go door-to-door, work the phones, and will send mail about their support for Obama. SEIU also will have a substantial presence on television and radio in every critical state.
Andy Stern stated, "Barack Obama is creating the broadest and deepest coalition of voters we’ve ever seen."

Anna Burger, secretary-treasurer of SEIU and chair of the Change to Win federation of unions that includes SEIU, said;

“This is one of the most important presidential elections workers have faced. Families are struggling, we’re fighting two wars, and a
majority of Americans are now worried that their children will be worse off than they are. Obama is the right person at the right time to lead the change we so desperately need in our country.”

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#148 Mar 25, 2012

Obama's affiliation with the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, began in the early 1990s.

In 1995, former Illinois Republican Governor Jim Edgar refused to implement the federal "Motor Voter" law, which Republicans argued could invite fraud and which some Republicans feared could swell the ranks of Democratic voters.

The law mandated people be allowed to register to vote in government offices such as driver's license renewal centers.

Obama sued on behalf of ACORN, the League of Women Voters and other public interest groups joined in.

"He and his client were the ones who filed the original case - they blazed the trail," said Paul Mollica, who represented the League.

Transcripts show that at court hearings, Obama identified himself, then let Mollica begin speaking. Maria Valdez of the Mexican-American
Legal Defense and Education Fund sometimes spoke. The U.S. Justice Department joined in.

Obama's side won, even without him talking.
"Obama was involved to some extent in the legal work, but he was not the leader in actually litigating the thing. Paul (Mollica) probably
was the leader of the coalition and did most of the legal work," said David Melton, who represented Cook County Clerk David Orr. "Obama did
have some expertise in certain constitutional aspects of the case."

Deepak Bhargava opens the Heartland
Democratic Presidential Forum December 10 2007-a forum exclusively for thousands of "community organizers" including ACORN personnel.

Obama promises to invite community organizers to the White House even before his inauguration, to contribute to setting his "agenda for change".

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#149 Mar 25, 2012

Project Vote was and still is, the voter registration arm of ACORN.

Article in Chicago Magazine January 1993, focused on Barack Obama's work with project vote and specualed he he might go on to higher things.

A huge black turnout in November 1992 altered Chicago's electoral landscape and raised a new political star: a 31 year old lawyer named
Barack Obama.. The most effective minority voter registration drive in memory was the result of careful handiwork by Project Vote!, the local chapter of a not for profit national organization.
"It was the most efficient campaign I have seen in my 20 years in politics," says Sam Burrell,
alderman of the West Side's 29th Ward and a veteran
of many registration drives.
At the head of this effort was a little known 31 year old African-American lawyer, community organizer, and writer: Barack Obama...In 1984, after Columbia but before Harvard, Obama moved to
Chicago. "I came because of Harold Washington," he says. "I wanted to do community organizing, and I couldn't think of a better city than one as energized and hopeful as Chicago was then."
Obama at Heartland Forum December 10 2007. By 1991, when Obama, law degree in hand, returned to voter registration and turnout in the city were at their lowest points since record keeping began.
Six months after he took the helm of Chicago's Project Vote!, those conditions had been reversed...Within a few months, Obama, a tall,
affable workaholic, had recruited staff and volunteers from black churches, community groups, and politicians. He helped train 700 deputy registrars, out of a total of 11,000
citywide. And he began a saturation media campaign with the help of black-owned Brainstorm Communications...
The group's slogan-"It's a Power Thing"-was ubiquitous in African-American neighborhoods. "It was overwhelming," says Joseph Gardner, a commissioner of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District and the director of the steering committee
for Project Vote! "The black community in this city had not been so energized and so single minded since Harold died."
"I think it's fair to say we reinvigorated a slumbering constituency," says Obama. "We got people to take notice."
As for Project Vote! itself, its operations in Chicago have officially closed down. Barack Obama has returned to work on his book, which he
plans to complete this month. "We won't let the momentum die," he says. "I'll take personal responsibility for that. We plan to hold
politicians' feet to the flames in 1993, to remind them that we can produce a bloc of voters large enough that it cannot be ignored."
Nor can Obama himself be ignored. The success of the voter registration drive has marked him as the political star the Mayor should perhaps be watching for. "The sky's the limit for Barack," says Burrell.
Some of Daley's closest advisers are similarly impressed. "In its technical demands, a voter registration drive is not unlike a mini-political campaign," says John Schmidt, chairman of the
Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority and a fundraiser for Project Vote! "Barack ran this superbly. I have no doubt he could run
an equally good political campaign if that's what he decided to do next."
Obama shrugs off the possibility of running for office. "Who knows?" he says. "But probably not immediately." He smiles.

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#150 Mar 25, 2012

Project Vote political connections
During Project Vote, Obama met many of Chicago’s liberal fund raisers.

According to David Axelrod:
“He met people not just in the African-American community but in the progressive white community...The folks who funded Project Vote were
some of the key progressive leaders.”

Obama met Axelrod through one of Project Vote’s supporters, Bettylu Saltzman, whose father, Philip Klutznick, was a Chicago shopping mall tycoon, a part owner of the Bulls, and a former Commerce Secretary in the Carter Administration. Saltzman, a soft-spoken activist who worked
for Senators Adlai Stevenson III and Paul Simon, took a strong interest in Obama.

“I honestly don’t remember what it was about him, but I was absolutely blown away.
I said to several people that this guy, who is now thirty years old, is someday going to be President. He will be our first black President.”

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#151 Mar 25, 2012

Washington DC based "think tank" Demos was founded in 1999 by "social entrepeneur" Charles Halpern. Most of Halpern's recruits to Demos were
well known politicians or activist such David Callahan, Rob Fersh, Stephen Heintz, Sara Horowitz, Arnie Miller, David Skaggs, Linda Tarr-Whelan. Why did Halpern recruit a then obscure State Senator from Illinois named Barack Obama to help him.

By 1999, Halpern had assembled a talented working group to develop Demos. Among them were David Callahan, a fellow at the Century Foundation; Rob Fersh, a long-time policy advocate; Stephen Heintz,
Vice-President of the East-West Institute; Sara Horowitz, founder of Working Today; Arnie Miller, a leading executive recruiter; Barack Obama, then a state senator from Illinois; David Skaggs, a congressman from Colorado; and Linda Tarr-Whelan, an internationally recognized expert on women and economic development. This working group would
eventually form the core of Demos' staff and Board of Trustees.

Rapoport defending ACORN, October 14, 2008
2005 report on Demos/ACORN/Project Vote motor registration project Demos has worked extremely closely with ACORN and its voter registration wing Project Vote on several projects.

In 2008 Demos Fellow Lorraine Minnite served on the Project Vote board of directors.

Demos President Miles Rapoport was one of ACORN's most ardent defenders when the organization was accused of widespread voter registration fraud during the 2008 election.

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#152 Mar 25, 2012

As a community organizer, Obama tried to turn a partnership of churches into a political force on the South Side. But he accomplished little.

“When I started organizing, I understood the idea of social change in a very abstract way. It was to some extent informed by my years in Indonesia, seeing extreme poverty and disparities of wealth and understanding sort of in a dim way that life wasn’t fair and government had something to do with it. I understood the role that issues like race played and took inspiration from the civil-rights movement and what the student sit-ins had accomplished and the freedom rides.
But I didn’t come out of a political family, didn’t have a history of activism in my family. So I understood these things in the abstract.
When I went to Chicago, it was the first time that I had the opportunity to test out my ideas. And for the most part I would say I wasn’t wildly successful. The victories that we achieved were
extraordinarily modest: you know, getting a job training site set up or getting an after school program for young people put in place.

In 1993, after finishing work with Project Vote, Obama took a job at Davis, Miner, Barnhill & Galland, a boutique civil-rights firm led by
Judson Miner,formerly counsel to HaroldWashington.

Miner had perfect anti-Daley credentials, routinely filing lawsuits against the city, and was a founding member of the Chicago Council of
Lawyers, which was to Chicago’s legal élite what the Independents were to the Democratic machine.
Working at Davis, Miner enhanced Obama’s profile.“When you go work for Judd Miner’s law firm, that’s another kind of political
statement,” says Don Rose, a longtime Chicago political consultant.

Obama was cautious about joining his law firm. According to Miner it took “a series of lunches” and hours of discussion before Obama made
his decision.

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#153 Mar 25, 2012

In 1995 Obama was the founding President of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge and served as Chairman of the Board of Directors from 1995–1999. According to CNS news, during that time;

As chairman, Obama oversaw the disbursement of $49.2 million in Annenberg grants, most of which went to non-profit groups with the stated intent of improving Chicago’s public schools.
Since the start of his political career, Obama has received a total of
$331,528 in campaign contributions from people who served as staff and board members of non-profit groups that received grants from the
Chicago Annenberg Challenge (CAC).
In 2005 and 2006, board members and staff of non-profit groups that had received grants from CAC gave another $34,500 to the Hope Fund,
Obama’s federal political action committee.
A review of publicly available IRS 990 forms for the years 1998 through 2002, shows that Annenberg grants went to 94 different projects during that period. The CAC grants required a 2-1 match, with
the other two parts coming from other public and private sources, so a total of $147 million in grants were made as consequence of the CAC
program over its 6-year lifespan, although only $49.2 million was issued directly by the CAC to grant recipients. Through the course of Obama’s political career, 91 people who served
at some time as staff or a board member for one of the groups that received CAC money also contributed money at some time to one of Obama’s political campaigns, which include his runs for the state Senate, the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Senate and the presidency.

Community Organizing and Family Issues is a Chicago based non-profit.
COFI Sponsoring Committee -1994-95 members included Pastor Alvin Bergh, Lina Cramer, Barbara Engel, Jacky Grimshaw, Anne Hallett, Judy Hertz, Maria Mangual, Della Mitchell, Barack Obama, Elce Redmond, Amanda Rivera, Mary Scott-Boria, John Schmidt, Coretta McFerron, Kaye Wilson, Ellen Schumer, Founding Director and President, Nancy Aardema, Founding Vice-President, Sandra O’Donnell, Founding Vice-President.

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#154 Mar 25, 2012


In 2003, both Michelle Obama and Barack Obama were members of Independent Voters of Illinois Independent Precinct Organization;

The organisation endorsed Obama during his 2004 U.S. Senate race.

Independent Voters of Illinois was set up to campaign for endorsed candidates especially
"progressive" candidates.

The government took an interest in IVI as far back as 1944, over quite justified allegations of communist infiltration.

In 1944 the FBI prepared a more extensive intelligence report on an active political group, the Independent Voters of Illinois, apparently
because it was the target of Communist

The Independent Voters group was reported to have been formed;
"...for the purpose of developing neighborhood political units to help in the re-election of President Roosevelt and the election of
progressive congressmen.
Apparently, IVI endorsed or aided Democrats for the most part, although it was stated to be "independent."
Prominent IVI and later IVI-IPO activists included Communist Party USA
member Milton Cohen, and
Socialist Party USA members Timuel Black Saul

In July 2004 IVI-IPO celebrated its 60th anniversary. Members of the event committee included;

Democratic Socialists of America and Committees of Correspondence

member Timuel Black, Socialist Party USA veteran Leon Despres DSA and
Progressives for Obama member Betty Willhoite, David Orr,
Carol Moseley Braun, one time Communist Party USA member David Canter and
Barack Obama.

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#155 Mar 25, 2012

Barack Obama and Charles Ogletree Radical Harvard law professor.
Ogletree claims to have mentored both Michelle Obama and Barack Obama during their respective periods at the Ivy League university. Barack
Obama participated in Ogletree's Saturday School Program, which were designed to "expose minority students, in particular, to critical issues in the study of law.." According to Ogletree the Obama's have called on him for advice since that time.

Michelle Obama and Charles OgletreeI met Michelle when she started her legal career here at Harvard in the fall of 1985, and I was able to watch her develop into a very strong and powerful student leader. She was an active member of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, where she served as a student attorney for indigent clients who had civil cases and needed legal help.
I met Barack three years later when he arrived at Harvard Law School in fall of 1988. He was quiet and unassuming, but had an incredibly sharp mind and a thirst for knowledge. He was a regular participant in a program that I created called the Saturday School Program, which was a series of workshops and meetings held on Saturday mornings to expose minority students, in particular, to critical issues in the study of law. Even then I saw his ability to quickly grasp the most complicated legal issues and sort them out in a clear, concise fashion.
I was faculty adviser to the Harvard Black Law Student Association. I routinely gave career advice, and often personal advice, to students
who would come in with questions about where they should work, how they should use their legal skills and talent, and was it possible to
do well and do good...My advice to people like Barack and Michelle was that they could easily navigate the challenges of a corporate career
and find a variety of ways to serve their community through financial support, through volunteer legal services, and through getting
involved in community efforts. So this advice started then, and I guess it must have been useful enough. They have not hesitated to call
on me over the past 20-plus years as needed.

Barack Obama called on Ogletree and Democratic Socialists of America member Cornel West, during his 2008 Presidential campaign. Ogletree and West both joined Obama's Black Advisory Council.

Ogletree has advised Obama on reforming the criminal justice system as well on constitutional issues. He is a member of the Obama campaign's
black advisory council, which also includes Cornel West, who teaches African American studies at Princeton University. The group formed after Obama skipped a conference on African American issues in
Hampton, Va., to announce his presidential candidacy in Illinois.

Obama on Jeremiah Wright In the video, Obama states that his pastor, Jeremiah Wright is a "wonderful man".

Barack Obama and Rev. Jeremiah Wright Chicago alderman Toni Preckwinkle has suggested that Obama join the Rev. Jeremiah Wright led Trinity United Church of Christ for political reasons, stating:

"It’s a church that would provide you with lots of social connections and prominent parishioners. It’s a good place for a politician to be a member.

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#156 Mar 25, 2012

Quentin Young's 80th birthday, 2003 Quentin Young is a long time member of Chicago Democratic Socialists of America.

In 1995, State Senator Alice Palmer introduced her chosen successor, Barack Obama, at a gathering in the Hyde Park home of former Weather Underground terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn.

“I can remember being one of a small group of people who came to Bill Ayers’ house to learn that Alice Palmer was stepping down from the
senate and running for Congress,” said Dr. Quentin Young, of the informal gathering at the home of Ayers and his wife, Dohrn.“(Palmer)
identified (Obama) as her successor.” Barack Obama and Alice Palmer “were both there,” he said.

Quentin Young described Obama and Ayers as “friends.”

On March 5, 2000, Obama was endorsed by former congressman and White House counsel Abner Mikva; former Chicago Alderman Leon Despres; Dr.
Quentin Young, an advocate for universal health care; Michael Shakman, an attorney who led the legal fight to eliminate patronage positions
in city government, and Eugene Ford, a former aide to late Mayor Harold Washington, in his bid to unseat incumbent U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush.

Mikva stated of Obama, ""I can't think of any candidate I've had more enthusiasm for." Obama is "bright, thoughtful and articulate." He also
stated that he admired Obama's efforts on campaign finance reform.

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#157 Mar 25, 2012

Barack Obama became involved with Tony Rezko at least as early as the Alice Palmer Congressional campaign.

Rezko’s rise in Illinois was intertwined with Obama’s. Like Abner Mikva and Judson Miner, he had tried to recruit Obama to work for him.

Chicago had been at the forefront of an urban policy to lure developers into low-income neighborhoods with tax credits, and Rezko
was an early beneficiary of the program.

Miner’s law firm was eager to do the legal work on the tax-credit deals, which seemed consistent
with the firm’s over-all civil-rights mission. A residual benefit was that the new developers became major donors to aldermen, state
senators, and other South Side politicians who represented the poor neighborhoods in which Rezko and others operated.

“Our relationship deepened when I started my first political campaign for the State Senate,” Obama said in 2008, in an interview with Chicago reporters.

Rezko was one of the people Obama consulted when he considered running to replace Alice Palmer. Rezko also raised about ten per cent of
Obama’s funds for that first campaign.

As a state senator, Obama became an advocate of the tax-credit program.“That’s an example of a smart policy,” he told the Chicago
Daily Law Bulletin in 1997.“The developers were thinking in market terms and operating under the rules of the marketplace; but at the same time, we had government supporting and subsidizing those

Obama and Rezko’s friendship blossomed.
They dined together regularly and even, on at least one occasion, retreated to Rezko’s vacation home, in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

Deals with Rezko
Several of Obama's official acts while a State Senator in Illinois benefited Rezko, who in turn raised some $250,000 for Obama's campaigns.

Tony Rezko's company claimed that it lacked the funds to heat one of its 11 buildings in Obama's state Senate district from December 1996
to February 1997. But Rezko still managed to write a $1,000 check to Obama's campaign fund on Jan. 14. That month, his tenants shivered as
19 inches of snow fell on northern Illinois.

In 2003, Obama voted for the Affordable Housing Planning and Appeal Act, which required Illinois municipalities to make 10 percent of their housing units "affordable" (by definition, this included
subsidized housing). This forced 46 communities just outside of Chicago to create more than 7,000 new "affordable" units - a huge
boost in demand for area developers. The bill also provided loopholes for developers to circumvent local ordinances and regulations. After
voting for this measure (it passed narrowly), Obama then cosponsored a new bill that moved up its implementation by more than a year.

These and the other Obama backed bills helped make millionaires of Rezko and other slum developers at taxpayers' expense. The developers including Allison Davis, his former law boss and an adviser to his current campaign reciprocated, together giving and raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for Obama's campaigns.

On June 15, 2005, Barack Obama bought a gorgeous house in Hyde Park for $1.65 million -$300,000 below the list price. Tony Rezko bought
the empty but attractive lot next door from the same seller at the same time; Obama would later buy part of Rezko's lot, overpaying him.
The transaction was shady, but not obviously corrupt.

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#158 Mar 25, 2012

Career launching

In 1995, State Senator Alice Palmer introduced her chosen successor, Barack Obama, at a gathering in the Hyde Park home of former Weather
Underground terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn.

“I can remember being one of a small group of people who came to Bill Ayers’ house to learn that Alice Palmer was stepping down from the senate and running for Congress,” said Dr. Quentin Young, a prominent Chicago physician of the informal gathering at the home of Ayers and his wife, Dohrn.“(Palmer) identified (Obama) as her successor.”

Barack Obama and Alice Palmer “were both there,” he said. Quentin Young described Obama and Ayers as “friends.”

Ayers book
Obama wrote an endorsement for Bill Ayers book "A Kind and Just
Parent:Children of Juvenile Court"

Juvenile justice event
On Nov. 20th, 1997, Michelle Obama, who was then Associate Dean of Student Services and Director of the University Community Service Center, invited William Ayers to speak on juvenile justice. Ayers was joined by Barack Obama who also spoke during the event on working to combat legislation that would put more juvenile offenders into the
adult system.

Chicago seminar
Bill Ayers and Barack Obama spoke together at a public gathering sponsored by The Center for Public Intellectuals & the University of
Illinois-Chicago, April 19th-20th, 2002, at the Chicago Illini Union;

"Intellectuals: Who Needs Them?
IV. Intellectuals in Times of Crisis
Experiences and applications of intellectual work in urgent situations.
Bill Ayers, UIC, College of Education; author of Fugitive Days Douglass Cassel, Northwestern University, Center for International Human Rights
Cathy Cohen, University of Chicago, Political Science Salim Muwakkil, Chicago Tribune; In These Times
Barack Obama, Illinois State Senator
Barbara Ransby, UIC, African-American Studies (moderator).

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#159 Mar 25, 2012

Saul Mendelson On March 29 1998 Barack Obama spoke at a memorial service for long time Chicago Socialist Party USA and Democratic
Socialists of America member Saul Mendelson.

According to Chicago DSA leader Carl Shier;
At the memorial service held at the 1st Unitarian Church on South Woodlawn, speaker after speaker recounted Saul's contributions. The service was ably MC'd by a retired colleague, Bob Clark. I spoke first and was followed by Saul's friend Deborah Meier, a MacArthur Genius Grant recipient who is now starting a new school in Boston. Amy
Isaacs, National Director of the ADA, spoke of what Saul had meant on foreign affairs to the ADA.
Other speakers included Senator Carol Moseley Braun, Alderman Toni Preckwinkle, State Senator Barak Obama, Illinois House Majority Leader
Barbara Flynn Currie and a good friend from New York, Myra Russell.
The concluding remarks were made by an old friend, Harriet Lefley, who is now Professor of Psychology at the University of Miami Medical School.
Deborah Meier was a former Trotksyite and Socialist Party USA comrade of Saul Mendelson's and a leader of Chicago and Boston DSA.

Amy Isaacs was national director of Americans for Democratic Action, which works closely with DSA.

Carol Moseley Braun was then a U.S. Senator with strong links to both DSA and the Communist Party USA. Barack Obama helped get her elected in 1992 and then took over her former Senate seat in 2004.

Alderman Toni Preckwinkle and Illinois House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie, are both leftist Democrats with ties to Chicago's
socialist community. Both endorsed Barack Obama in his successful 2004 bid for the United States Senate.

Harriet Lefley was a Trotskyite in the 1940s with Saul Mendelson.

Eulogies also came from Quinn Brisben,(Socialist Party USA presidential candidate 1976, 1992) and David McReynolds (Socialist Party USA presidential candidate 1980, 2000).

Both Brisben and McReynolds are also members of Democratic Socialists of America.

Obama probably knew Saul Mendelson through their mutual activities in the Independent Voters of Illinois Independent Precinct Organization
(IVIIPO), an organization investigated by the FBI for communist infiltration in the 1940s.

Obama campaigning for Bernie Sanders..Barack Obama and Ted Kennedy traveled to Vermont to campaign for Bernie Sanders during the Congressman's successful 2006 U.S. Senate race.

According to Democratic Socialists of America's Democratic Left, Spring 2006, page 4;

The Democratic Party is not mounting a serious challenge, although a candidate may occupy the Democratic line. A number of prominent
Democrats, including Massachusetts Senator Edward Kennedy and Illinois Senator Barack Obama, already have campaigned with Sanders.

In 2002 Obama helped advise then victorious gubernatorial candidate Rod Blagojevich. According to Rahm Emanuel, Blagojevich, Obama, David
Wilhelm (Blagojevich’s campaign co-chair), and another Blagojevich aide were the top strategists of Blagojevich’s victory.

He and Obama "participated in a small group that met weekly when Rod was running for governor,” Emanuel said.“We basically laid out the general
election, Barack and I and these two." A spokesman for Blagojevich has confirmed Emanuel’s account, although David Wilhelm, who now works for
Obama, said that Emanuel had overstated Obama’s role.“There was an advisory council that was inclusive of Rahm and Barack but not limited
to them,” Wilhelm said, and he disputed the notion that Obama was “an architect or one of the principal strategists.”

Bonne Terre, MO

#160 Mar 25, 2012

Barack Obama and Sayed Hassan AlQazwini..Then Presidential candidate.
Barack Obama met with Iraq born, Iran educated, Michigan Muslim leader Sayed Hassan AlQazwini in May 2008, reportedly arranged through
Qazwini's American Rights at Work colleague and Obama Transition Team member David Bonior.

Imam Hassan Qazwini, head of the Islamic Center of America, said in an email that he met with Obama at Macomb Community College.
A mosque spokesman, Eide Alawan, confirmed that the meeting took place. During the meeting, the two discussed the Presidential election, the
Arab-Israeli conflict, and the Iraq war, according to Qazwini.

At the end of the meeting, Qazwini said he gave Obama a copy of new book, "American Crescent," and invited Obama to visit his center.
The meeting with Obama came about after Qazwini had asked David Bonior, the former U.S. Rep. from Michigan, if he could meet with Obama during his visit. Qazwini was not selected to be part of a group of 20 people who met with Obama,
but Qazwini later got a private meeting with Obama, Alawan said.
"They gave him an opportunity for a one-on-one," Alawan said.

Bonne Terre, MO

#161 Mar 29, 2012


Father Michael Pfleger, Obama Mentor, Farrakhan Supporter, Homicidal Left Wing Activist

You can think of Father Michael Pfleger as the
white Reverend Jeremiah Wright. Not only does Father Michael Pfleger have a longstanding association with Wright and his Church, he has
longstanding ties to Louis Farrakhan, so much so that Farrakhan has even spoken at Father Michael Pfleger's St. Sabina church.

Like Wright, Father Michael Pfleger has close ties to Barack Hussein Obama and Father Michael Pfleger's endorsement appears on Obama's
faith endorsements page, where Jeremiah Wright's used to be...before he became too much of an embarrassment.

Father Michael Pfleger however has gained notoriety for more than his embrace of Farrakhan, he also became infamous when at a rally with
Jesse "Hymietown" Jackson, he threatened to "snuff" politicians who supported gun rights.

Rev. Michael Pfleger, pastor of St. Sabina’s Church, went way over the top this week. During a protest against Chuck’s Gun Shop, Father
Pfleger twice threatened to “snuff out” the shop’s owner and threatened the same fate for legislators who oppose his position on gun control.

“We’re gonna find you and snuff you out,” Fleger said about the gun shop owner, likening the man to a “rat.” He later repeated his threat to “snuff out” the owner.

“We’re gonna snuff out legislators who are voting [garbled] against our gun laws and we’re coming for you because we are not going to sit idly.”

With that kind of violent mindset and hateful rhetoric, it's no surprise that Father Michael Pfleger is so close to Louis Farrakhan.
Or that he's used violent rhetoric when threatening critics of Obama.

So Father Pfleger is out with a warning: "Do not touch this man," he says, "for if you do, you will answer to us all."

Or that he's tried to carry water for him. Father Michael Pfleger like Jeremiah Wright has a close relationship to Farrakhan and a close
relationship to Obama.
A closer one than he does to his own Cardinal Francis George who has questioned whether he should even be a priest and at one point reassigned him entirely.

Father Michael Pfleger ministers to Saint Sabina, an African American Catholic church a short distance from the Nation's main mosque, Mosque

I've known the minister (Farrakhan) both as someone who I have great respect for as a prophetic voice, as a mentor but also as a friend and as a brother. We've become very close friends over the years. Our families have been close; he's shared dinner at my house as I have at his many, many times. He has preached from our pulpit here
at this church on three different occasions. We've worked together on issues not only for this community but in the city and in the nation.

Not content with hosting one rabid racist and anti-semite, Father Michael Pfleger also turned St. Sabina into a forum for Al Sharpton, who was responsible for a number of murders of Jews and non-Jews.
Harry Belafonte showed up at St. Sabina also to blame America for 9/11.

"We move about the world arrogantly, calling wars when we want, overthrowing governments when we want. There is a price to be paid for it,look at 9/11.

Sept. 11 "wasn't just Bin Laden. Bin Laden didn't come from the abstract. He came from somewhere, and if you look'll see America's hand of villainy."

Pfleger defended the Nation of Islam repeatedly and insulted Jewish critics of NOI as "narrow minded"
Father Michael Pfleger also invited
Kareem Irfan, former chairman of the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago to speak on the anniversary of 9/11.
Kareem Irfan is infamous for excusing beheadings by terrorists and is an ISNA member, a Saudi subsidized Wahhabi group with close ties to terrorism.

In September 2002, Father Pfleger led a rally at the Dirksen Federal Building condemning the destruction of Arafat's compound.

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