Obama Watch

CHICAGO (AP) -- A published report says Senator Barack Obama is giving away donations the Illinois Democrat received from two businessmen with ties to the now-indicted fund-raiser Tony Rezko.

The Chicago Tribune today reports that Obama is giving to charity the donations from entrepreneur Joseph Aramanda and Doctor Paul Ray.

Aramanda has overseen Rezko pizza franchises; he gave at least ten-thousand dollars to Obama's 2004 campaign. Ray has invested in a Rezko real estate development firm; he gave six-thousand-500.

Obama spokesman Bill Burton says it isn't clear how the donations came about.

The men aren't accused of any wrongdoing. Their attorneys declined to comment.

Rezko has pleaded not-guilty to charges that accuse him of shaking down investment firms that wanted to do business with the state.


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