The Chicago Sun-Times which really has done a commendable job of reporting on Barack Obama’s past in their city (a past studiously ignored by national media uninterested in any investigative story on The One) has a new story:
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.
Wait. The Agent of Change as a state senator seven years ago earmarked money that was never used for any public purpose — and wound up in the pocket of the wife of the head of the community group, the latter who was a campaign volunteer? Yup. And there seems to be a bit of fast and loose with the documents that corroborate this:
The Sun-Times learned about Karen Smith’s involvement in the project through an Aug. 12 Freedom of Information Act response from a lawyer for Blagojevich’s Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. The department, according to the lawyer, had discovered 52 pages of additional documents ommitted from an initial response in May to a Sun-Times Freedom of Information Act request about the grant.
At some point you wonder what it will take for the national MSM to become interested. It’s not like earmarks, public corruption, and favoritism aren’t issues in the presidential race.