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.