Apparently there is no "Know Your Donor" rule at Team Obama:
Obama to Return Major Donations Tied to Fugitive
Two American brothers of a Mexican casino magnate who fled drug and fraud charges in the United States and has been seeking a pardon enabling him to return have emerged as major fund-raisers and donors for President Obama’s re-election campaign.
The casino owner, Juan Jose Rojas Cardona, known as Pepe, jumped bail in Iowa in 1994 and disappeared, and has since been linked to violence and corruption in Mexico. A State Department cable in 2009 said he was suspected of orchestrating the assassination of a business rival and making illegal campaign donations to Mexican officials.
When The New York Times asked the Obama campaign early Monday about the Cardonas, officials said they were unaware of the brother in Mexico. Later in the day, the campaign said it was refunding the money raised by the family, which totaled more than $200,000.
...“On the basis of the questions that have been raised, we will return the contributions from these individuals and from any other donors they brought to the campaign,” said Ben LaBolt, a spokesman for the Obama campaign.
Uhh, why weren't these questions raised by the campaign?
On Monday, Democratic fund-raisers who have had encounters with Alberto and Carlos Cardona expressed surprise upon learning about their family history. Manuel Sanchez, a Chicago lawyer who is deeply involved in Latino outreach for the Obama administration, said he first met them in December at a finance committee meeting for the president’s campaign in Washington.
He said he had been told that they were involved in “marketing and advertising.” They impressed him as “very smart young guys who wanted to support the president,” he said.
“I did get the distinct impression that both of them are very well-to-do and successful in their businesses,” Mr. Sanchez said, adding that he “had no idea” they had a brother in Mexico or what his background was.
Surprised by their family history? I am not paid to vet unknown donors, but a simple Google search (taking out the current stories about donors and Obama) kicked back the result below; results two and three might have prompted the suspicions even of non-Spanish speakers:
My reaction is that "siniestra" sounds sinister and "corrupcion" doesn't look good. One wonders why no one took a closer look. Oh, not really. And does the timing work? I am trusting the Times on this:
The first campaign donations by Alberto and Carlos Cardona came shortly after news articles revealing Pepe Cardona’s criminal past appeared in the United States and Mexico last fall.
Apparently Team Obama will take money from anyone and then apologize if the media or diligent Republican sleuths catch them at it. As to the media, well, the Times is getting their balance in early - there is no way they run this story after June, unless the "Gotcha" applies to a Republican.