One fraud supporting another. Big shocker.
A major donor to President Barack Obama has been accused of defrauding a businessman and impersonating a bank official, creating new headaches for Obama’s re-election campaign as it deals with the questionable history of another top supporter.
The New York donor, Abake Assongba, and her husband contributed more than $50,000 to Obama’s re-election effort this year, federal records show. But Assongba is also fending off a civil court case in Florida, where she’s accused of thieving more than $650,000 to help build a multimillion-dollar home in the state – a charge her husband denies.
Obama is the only presidential contender this year who released his list of “bundlers,” the financiers who raise campaign money by soliciting high-dollar contributions from friends and associates. But that disclosure has not come without snags; his campaign returned $200,000 last month to Carlos and Alberto Cardona, the brothers of a Mexican fugitive wanted on federal drug charges.
There were many questions about dubious donors in 2008 but the media simply wasn’t interested because, you know, hope and change.
Assongba has also been quite generous to the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee when it was run by Chuckie Schumer. But nobody will bother asking him about it. Assongba also donated to Hillary Clinton, among others.
Mrs Assongba has given more than $70,000 to Democratic candidates in recent years, an AP review of Federal Election Commission data shows.
Her larger contributions include $35,000 to the Obama Victory Fund, a joint fundraising committee between Mr Obama and the Democratic Party, and at least $15,000 to the Democratic National Committee. She also contributed to Hillary Rodham Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign.