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When all else fails, contribute heavily to the DNC and the Obama re-election campaign.

According to an article by Mike McIntire in the New York Times on Feb. 6, 2012 Obama will return “major” donations tied to a fugitive.

“Two American brothers of a Mexican casino magnate who fled drug and fraud charges in the United States and has been seeking a pardon enabling him to return have emerged as major fund-raisers and donors for President Obama’s re-election campaign.  The casino owner, Juan Jose Rojas Cardona, known as Pepe, jumped bail in Iowa in 1994 and disappeared, and has since been linked to violence and corruption in Mexico.  A State Department cable in 2009 said he was suspected of orchestrating the assassination of a business rival and making illegal campaign donations to Mexican officials.”

“Pepe Cardona is one of the largest players in Mexico’s violent and tumultuous casino trade.”

“Democratic fund-raisers who have had encounters with Alberto and Carlos Cardona expressed surprise upon learning about their family history.  Manuel Sanchez, a Chicago lawyer who is deeply involved in Latino outreach for the Obama administration, said he first met them in December at a finance committee meeting for the president’s campaign in Washington.”

The brothers, both American citizens, recently became heavy donors and bundlers for both the DNC and the re-election campaign of the former Chicago community organizer.  Never before contributing to any political entity, they managed to collect $200,000 before asking the former chairman of the Iowa Democratic Party to pressure President Obama to pardon their brother.

While much of the money has been identified as coming from family members in the United States, there is no direct connection to money coming from the fugitive “Pepe”.  Due to the national exposure of the New York Times, the Obama campaign will return the contributions attributed to the bundling efforts of the Cardona brothers.

Politicians don’t care how or from where they get money; they only know that any money is good money until the illegal source is uncovered.  The worst thing about getting caught is being forced to give back some of the good money, even if it was illicitly gained.  When your campaign goal is $1 billion, it is even harder to part with a paltry $200,000.  If you leave Chicago, there are more people watching you and you have to play by another set of rules.

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