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Let’s take a look at the shady background of a major campaign contributor to President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign, Abake Assongba.First: fraud. Abake Assongba has been accused of defrauding a businessman out of more than $650,000 and impersonating a bank official, according to the Washington Post.
Second: She hasn’t paid her rent. The Post also obtained court records from the case Davy v. Assongba, which show that she is still required by court order to pay more than $10,000 in rent on an apartment in Brooklyn.
And now Assongba and her husband are attempting to back away from the allegations, while Obama tries to downplay the incident as a case of “it could happen to anyone.”
Assongba has contributed between $50,000 and $100,000 to Obama’s campaign, according to the campaign’s disclosure records.
Assongba is a so-called “bundler,” donors that have reached their contribution ceilings but then reach out to others — friends, family, associates, etc. — and “bundle” those donations into one large check for the campaign. According to Open Secret’s records, Assongba and associates have contributed more than $100,000 to Democratic candidates in election cycles since 1990.
She is the second high-profile problem for the Obama campaign, which had to denounce and return donations of $200,000 from the brothers of a Mexican fugitive in February, according to The New York Times.
Here’s Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt’s statement to the Post:
“More than 1.3 million Americans have donated to the campaign, and we constantly review those contributions for any issues. Some issues are easy to identify, others more difficult, but once an issue has been raised, we address it promptly, as we will do in this case.
Some campaign finance specialists said they were shocked the campaign wouldn’t vet major donors “past a Google search.” Which is shocking. Take this quote from her former landlord as just one exhibit:
“Knowing what I know about her, I wouldn’t have anything to do with her.”
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