Talk Show Host Reveals Obama Connection to
by Jim Kouri, NewsWithViews, March 22, 2008
is a far-reaching scandal brewing for
presidential hopeful Sen. Barack
thanks to a radio talk show host based in
Oregon. Syndicated talk show host Laurie Roth's
revelations make the news story about Obama's
relationship with a racist, anti-American pastor
look like child's play.
A top official at the Pentagon during
former-President George H. W. Bush's
Administration and a former CIA intelligence
officer maintain that Barack Obama and former
Weather Underground honcho William Ayers
funneled money to Professor Rashid Khalidi, a
known terrorist sympathizer.
Khalidi serves on the faculty of Columbia
University in New York and is best known as the
professor who invited Iranian President
Ahmedinejad to visit Columbia University after
he finished his speech at the United Nations.
According to confidential sources, Khalidi has
direct ties to the Palestinian Liberation
Organization (PLO), a group on the US State
Department's list of known terrorist groups.
source for this information was once a top
military figure in the 1990s. He doesn't take
making allegations lightly. If he says something
happened, believe me, it happened," said
radio talk show host Laurie Roth.
"Another source is a former agent for the
Central Intelligence Agency, who is an expert in
counterterrorism," said Roth, who broke the
story on her show Friday night.
"I certainly don't want to demonize someone
because they are a woman, black or liberal
running for President. I love the idea that in
our culture, a black and woman can now run.
However, it does matter to me with any
candidate, their consistency with good judgment,
their voting record, their association with
people with questionable backgrounds and
commitment to our country," she said during her
show. To listen to Laurie Roth's 3-21-08 show
Here are the connections as described by very
reliable sources, who possess impressive
military, national security and intelligence
Allison Davis, who hired the young Obama into
his small, Chicago law firm Davis, Miner, and
Barnhill in 1993, left the firm in late
1999-2000 and became a housing developer. Davis
went into business with Tony Rezko, the indicted
businessman who's scheduled to go on trial for
corruption in Illinois, and who was a major
fundraiser for Obama.
Davis met Rezko when he was a client of Davis,
Miner, and Barnhill. Rezko is currently under
indictment in Illinois for demanding kickbacks
from companies seeking state government business
contracts under Governor Blagojevich. Obama was
identified as one of the politicians cited in
the indictment as having received political
contributions from Rezko out of his kickback
Tony Rezko hosted fundraising events for Obama
in his home and was on Obama's US Senate
campaign finance committee which collected $14
million for his campaign against conservative
Alan Keyes, an African-American who served as an
Ambassador during the Reagan Administration. In
order to avoid a scandal during his presidential
campaign, Obama returned $85,000 that Rezko and
his family had donated to him.
In early 2000, while Obama served as a state
senator in Illinois, he also sat on the board of
the nonprofit Woods Fund. The Woods Fund is a
Chicago-based foundation that claims its primary
mission is to make financial grants in order to
increase and/or create opportunities for
disadvantaged people and low-income communities.
The chairman of the Woods fund board in 2000 was
Howard Stanback, who like Obama also had
connections to Davis, according to the reliable
Davis submitted a grant request to the Woods
Foundation for a $1 million investment in his
development partnership, Neighborhood
Rejuvenation LP, that would be used to finance
low-income senior-citizen housing. Under normal
circumstances, a board member is supposed to
recuse himself or herself from decisions where
they have a business or personal relationship.
Obama, who did not recuse himself, voted to
approve Davis' grant request. Stanback, on the
other hand, abstained from voting. The housing
project, which also received a $5.7 million loan
from the city of Chicago, in turn donated almost
$70,000 in political contributions to Obama's
In the past, Rezko gave Obama -- who served as
an Illinois State Senator -- his first two
political contributions in 1995, $1,000 each
from two of his companies. In 1998, State
Senator Obama wrote letters to city and state
officials urging them to fund a Davis-Rezko
housing project. It was an obvious quid pro quo
Another major fundraiser for Obama is William
Ayers, who also sat on the board of the Woods
Fund with Obama and is a professor at the
University of Chicago.
Bill Ayers, along with his wife Bernadine Dohrn,
was an active member of the Weather Underground,
a radical left-wing group that advocated
violence against the United State. Both Ayers
and Dohrn went "underground" in 1970 after
others in the group accidentally detonated a
bomb in a Greenwich Village (New York City)
townhouse. The blast killed three of the group's
members including Ayers' girlfriend at the time.
While Ayers and Dohrn were hiding from law
enforcement, the Weather Underground
participated in the bombings of the US Capital,
the Pentagon and a State Department building. In
1981 Ayers and Dohrn turned themselves in to
federal authorities, but all charges were
dropped as a result of alleged "government legal
misconduct." In his 2001 memoir, Ayers wrote, "I
don't regret setting the bombs. I feel we didn't
Ayers and Dohrn are known to have held at least
one fundraiser for Barack Obama in their Chicago
During Obama's last year on the board of The
Woods Fund (2002), he participated in awarding
grants, including a $70,000 grant to the Arab
American Action Network, a Chicago-based group
founded by Rashid and Mona Khalidi.
In another suspected quid pro quo arrangement
similar to those with Ayers and Rezko, Rashid
Khalidi also held a fundraising event in his
home for Barack Obama.
In the Middle East, Rashid Khalidi was known as
a man to be reckoned with. From 1972 through
1983, Khalidi was the director in Beirut of the
official Palestinian press agency, FAFA. His
wife worked there as well.
According to sources, when the Khalidi's left
Chicago for Columbia University in New York,
Rashid was honored with the Edward Said Chair in
Arab Studies at that Ivy League university.
Their goodbye party in Chicago included
testimonials from Bill Ayers and Barack Obama.
"What other fund raising connections does Obama
have? How many times can you look the other way
in church and with fund raising situations with
more than questionable people?" asked Ms. Roth.
"We all make mistakes in judgment with people
and their backgrounds sometimes, but usually we
learn and pick better friends and associates.
How come Obama seems to have continued hanging
around more than questionable characters with
anti American backgrounds and some with criminal
behaviors? Now one is being indicted, Tony Rezco,
who raised a ton of money for Obama," she said.
"As President, how much would he look the other
way when dealing with national security and
dangers to our country? How much would he listen
passively to terrorist leaders then lecture us
on our ugly American status? This kind of change
is not what our country needs!" added the
popular talk show host, whose show is
syndicated by USA Radio Network.
In a related story, during an interview on
Thursday morning (March 20) with Black Panther
leader Malik Zulu Shabazz, Fox News Channel
viewers learned that Shabazz' group endorsed and
supported Senator Barack Obama for President of
the United States. Even on Fox -- an
organization wrongly accused of being
"conservative" -- the interviewers were careful
in their questioning of Shabazz, a recognized
racist and anti-American radical.
The New Black Panther Party leader proudly
announced on Fox News that his organization
endorsed Obama for President.
"While some people may say that Barack Obama has
no control over who endorses him, he should have
control over what endorsements are posted on his
websites," said Laurie Roth, who, besides
hosting a popular talk show,
is a regular columnist for NewsWithViews.com
"The endorsement of the New Black Panther Party
was posted on Barack Obama's website. Why was
this tolerated unless Barack Obama wanted their
endorsement? If he does not want their
endorsement, how much control over his staff is
he going to have once he's elected President?"
asks Mike Baker.
The New Black Panther Party is openly
anti-White, anti-Jewish, and anti-America. After
Obama's Tuesday damage-control speech, his
campaign pulled the Black Panthers' endorsement
story off their website.
It's also been reported that Obama's campaign
staff was allowed to fly a Che Guevara flag
inside his office,
according to NewsMax.
"Do these revelations demonstrate a pattern of
Barack Obama's judgment? If so, then I do not
want him dealing with world leaders. I do not
want these groups having access to the White
House. Do you?" asks the New Jersey-based
"It appears the Barack Obama water carriers
within the mainstream news media are on the job
as usual -- ignoring another story that has the
alternative media on the Internet buzzing:
Obama's embracement of an endorsement by the
radical, racist organization," Baker added.
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