A $100,000 state grant for a botanic garden in Englewood that then-state Sen. Barack Obama awarded in 2001 to a group headed by a onetime campaign volunteer is now under investigation by the Illinois attorney general amid new questions, prompted by Chicago Sun-Times reports, about whether the money might have been misspent.
The garden was never built. And now state records obtained by the Sun-Times show $65,000 of the grant money went to the wife of Kenny B. Smith, the Obama 2000 congressional campaign volunteer who heads the Chicago Better Housing Association, which was in charge of the project for the blighted South Side neighborhood.
Smith wrote another $20,000 in grant-related checks to K.D. Contractors, a construction company that his wife, Karen D. Smith, created five months after work on the garden was supposed to have begun, records show. K.D. is no longer in business.
Attorney General Lisa Madigan — a Democrat who is supporting Obama’s presidential bid — is investigating “whether this charitable organization properly used its charitable assets, including the state funds it received,” Cara Smith, Madigan’s deputy chief of staff, said Wednesday.
In addition to the 2001 grant that Obama directed to the housing association as a “member initiative,” the not-for-profit group got a separate $20,000 state grant in 2006.
Madigan’s office has notified Obama’s presidential campaign of the probe, which was launched this week. But Obama’s actions in awarding the money are not a focus of the investigation, Smith said.
Well Well Well… Sarah Palin, has been under fire from libtards across the nation for the so-called “Bridge to Nowhere” but Sarah Palin actually did KILL IT, then used the money for HER STATE. She actually served her people? How insane that is, I guess Sarah Palin should have gotten elected as Governor and then spent 6 months trying to get a better job, all the while just voting “Present” in state matters, and “If they need you they can call you” I hope you can learn Mrs Palin, the Obama doctrine of Politics and leadership dictates you really don’t have to do anything, just keep talking about what you will do, and then if it’s popular vote with “EVERYONE” if it’s an unpopular bill or law, vote present…
Oh and another suggestion, if you ever need spiritual help, call Rev Wright.. or Father Phlegar or Louis Farrakhan…
Obama’s truths are starting to come out, the media is hiding as many as possible and ignoring others… BUT the truth will come out, I just hope it’s not too late.