Chicago Tribune: 'Blagojevich Fundraiser Indicted,' But Party Not Mentioned
In an article posted this afternoon on its Website, the Chicago Tribune reports:
"A federal grand jury has indicted Antoin 'Tony' Rezko, a top fundraiser for Gov. Rod Blagojevich, on charges that he demanded millions of dollars in kickbacks from investment firms seeking business from the state teachers' pension system, according to an indictment unsealed today."
The story describes Rezko as a "longtime Chicago developer and active supporter of Republicans and Democrats."
According to Newsmeat.com, which tracks Federal Election Commission data, between 2002 and 2004 Rezko made political contributions (not to Blagojevich) of $20,500. Every dollar went to Democratic candidates.
Yet neither Rezko nor his political hero, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, is identified as a Democrat.
You'd think that in a piece running almost 1,000 words, they could have included that fact, especially since they did as much for the mostly Republican lobbyist Jack Ambramoff. Maybe a Democrat in trouble for fundraising irregularities isn't considered news anymore.