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Obama Broke Illinois Ethics Law

So, it seems The One broke Illinois' ethics law broke Illinois ethics law by accepting fees for speaking engagements. From Rob Port:

Apparently, on Obama's released tax records, he discloses income from speaking fees. The problem? Accepting payment for speaking fees when you're a legislator is against Illinois state law.
Apparently, as an Illinois state legislator through 2004, Barack was prohibited from taking honoraria for speaking under the Illinois Governmental Ethics Act.

But what about Barack Obama's 2000 and 2002 tax returns?

2000: On his 2000 Schedule C-EZ, Barack reported that he received $16,500 as a "Foundation director/Educational speaker."

2001: On his 2001 Schedule C-EZ, Barack reported $98,158 from a Chicago law firm, Miner, Barnhill, for "Legal services/attorney" (and nothing for speaking).

2002: On his 2002 Schedule C, Barack reported $34,491 for "LEGAL SERVCES / SPEAKING FEES."

These "speaking fees" are in addition to the amounts that Barack was paid as an employee, a lecturer at the University of Chicago, reported on the first page of his 1040s.

That The One listed these fees on his taxes says one of two things: he either didn't know Illinois ethics law said he couldn't accept speaking fees while he was a state senator or he knew doing so was illegal but he didn't care. Something tells me it's the latter.

Hat tip: Stop the ACLU


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Comments (8)

What I would really like to... (Below threshold)
krkrjak Author Profile Page:

What I would really like to know is: Where in the hell did that $150,000,000 of public money contributed to Obama's campaign last month actually come from???

At this point only the vote... (Below threshold)
MPR:

At this point only the voters can stop Obambi.

You think the media will ca... (Below threshold)
newton:

You think the media will care about that at this point?

Just watch. All of these will see the light of day... after he wins.

And two years later, they will still refuse to report on those things. They will have stronger reasons then - mainly, the fear of being drawn and quartered like others who have dared to challenge Lord Emperor Obama. Just watch.

No one cares. Don't you all... (Below threshold)
Hestrold:

No one cares. Don't you all understand? NO ONE CARES! Just crown him and get on with it. Harmony and understanding, sympathy and trust abounding. Finally, the Age of Aquarius! I am so happy, so, so....... argh................

Yes, absolutely. Because in... (Below threshold)
Jake:

Yes, absolutely. Because in the face of an honest mistake vs. a callous "Messiah-like" response, it must certainly be the latter. No question, right? It couldn't possibly have been the first option when the second option actually exists!

Wingnut.

Jake:The One is an... (Below threshold)

Jake:

The One is an attorney with a specialty in constitutional law. Are you saying The One is stupid enough to make a mistake like this? Are all The One's supporters wrong when they talk about how intelligent he is?

This is just another reason... (Below threshold)
Ken:

This is just another reason that the American people need to be aware of and to really consider before voting. Obama has lied so many times that I cannot count anymore.

We need a President that does not lie, one that we can trust and that person is NOT Obama!

NOBAMA 2008

McCain/Palin 2008

Why are all of you so ill i... (Below threshold)
evans joesephe:

Why are all of you so ill informed and so biased,when you know how to win ,you should also learn how to loose honourably,first mccian is a ticking time bomb,a war monger who says he knows how to win wars,but ended up a pow and lost a war in vietnam,palin is a half baked bread from alaska who have told more lies than any body ever runing for office.kindly accept my condolence cause the gop will surely loose this election and you cant do any thing about it.




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