Monday, July 16, 2007

Ex-con and congresswoman's husband Creamer taught at Camp Obama

For many years, Robert Creamer was the head of the leftist consumer advocacy group, the Illinois Public Action Council. His wife, Rep. Jan Schakowsky, who seemingly represents me in Washington, was on the board of directors of the group.

But Creamer had a nasty habit of kiting checks while leading the group that I guess did something. I mean they must've done something for consumers like me, right?

In 2005, Creamer pleaded guilty to bank fraud and tax evasion.

Last year Creamer served his five month sentence at the Federal Correctional Institute in Terre Haute, Indiana.

So what's ex-con Creamer been up to lately?

Tom Roeser reports:

Nothing wrong with Creamer earning a living. Indeed not long ago he surfaced as a registered lobbyist working against the Senate confirmation of UN ambassador John Bolton, paid by the George Soros-funded "Open Society Policy Center." But the idea of a convicted felon who kited checks lecturing the supposedly idealistic Obama campaign on how to raise money and get elected is a bit much.

Creamer taught at "Camp Obama," a week-long summer camp last month held at the presidential candidate’s office in Chicago for campaign interns and volunteers-just a few blocks away from the federal court where on August 31, 2005 he pleaded guilty to charges of bank fraud and failure to pay federal taxes...on charges brought by U. S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald. He admitted in his 18-page signed plea agreement that he wrote checks on accounts that lacked funds and did so repeatedly as he moved money from one account to another in three banks. He had a multiple group of organizations that received money, the best known being the "Illinois Public Action Council" a left-wing group on which his wife, Jan Schakowsky, was a board member while the manipulating was going on. She was already in Congress when he pleaded guilty; she was not charged.

Creamer’s retention to instruct the Obama for President campaign is probably the most revelatory hint that the hopeful, idealistic, whimsical message floated by the candidate is mere vapor obscuring a cynical operation...unless, of course, the Obama people had no idea of Creamer or what his past represents.

Creamer’s being hired by the Obama campaign to instruct interns and volunteers in political organizing, abuses of which sent him to jail is ironic. Sen. Obama has been notable among the presidential candidates for crusading in an effort to "bring hope to our people." He has been chairman of the Senate Ethics committee. How Creamer ended up instructing the Obama workers when his notoriety has been so prominent in Illinois is anyone’s guess. And whether he still continues to work on the Obama payroll is still speculative. One would imagine that David Axelrod, the top Obama strategist, should have seen Creamer's hiring as a red flag.

Like most Illinois politicians, Schakowsky hopped on the Obama bandwagon before he officially announced his presidential run. That's Jan in the picture hugging the senator shortly after he threw his hat in the ring in Springfield.

When Schakowsky endorsed Obama, was her hubby part of the deal?

But of course, the real enemy here is cynicism.

H/T to Cal Skinner at the McHenry County Blog.

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