During his recent vacation in Hawaii, President Barack Obama golfed with the former business partner of Tony Rezko. Rezko was an Obama fundraiser who is in jail for fraud and corruption.
Rezko also was involved in a questionable land deal in which he sold then state-Senator Obama a piece of land that he had just bought, which was adjacent to Obama’s home, for nearly $300,000 below the asking price.
Rezko’s business associate with whom Obama golfed is Allison Davis, a male, who, according to White House Dossier, “partnered with Rezko on a series of government-funded low and mixed income housing development projects in Chicago.”
Keith Kloffer, of White House Dossier notes that while ”Davis himself has never been charged with wrongdoing, a number of the projects were high-priced failures that resulted in poor living conditions for residents.”
He points to an exposé in the Boston Globe that revealed Davis helped create Grove Parc Plaza, described as an area in Obama’s former state senate district where “about 99 of the units are vacant, many rendered uninhabitable by unfixed problems, such as collapsed roofs and fire damage.”
According to the Globe, Davis “has used government subsidies to rehabilitate more than 1,500 units in Chicago, including a North Side building cited by city inspectors last year after chronic plumbing failures resulted in raw sewage spilling into several apartments.”
White House Dossier notes that Davis’s firm hired Obama out of law school. Davis and Rezko contributed heavily to Obama’s early political campaigns.