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Obama and the slumlord connection

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"CHICAGO - The squat brick buildings of Grove Parc Plaza, in a dense neighborhood that Barack Obama represented for eight years as a state senator, hold 504 apartments subsidized by the federal government for people who can't afford to live anywhere else.

But it's not safe to live here.

About 99 of the units are vacant, many rendered uninhabitable by unfixed problems, such as collapsed roofs and fire damage. Mice scamper through the halls. Battered mailboxes hang open. Sewage backs up into kitchen sinks. In 2006, federal inspectors graded the condition of the complex an 11 on a 100-point scale - a score so bad the buildings now face demolition.

Grove Parc has become a symbol for some in Chicago of the broader failures of giving public subsidies to private companies to build and manage affordable housing - an approach strongly backed by Obama as the best replacement for public housing."

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"Obama’s subsequent campaigns except his presidential bid. Rezko is on Obama’s campaign committee in his failed run against U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush and gathers between $50,000 and $75,000 of the estimated $600,000 raised, Obama said. Rezko also is on the finance committee for Obama’s 2004 U.S. Senate run. Rezko uses his Wilmette home for an Obama fundraiser.

“My best assessment is that he raised $160,000 during my U.S. Senate primary,” Obama said, adding that those funds had since been given to charity."

The Obama-Rezko connection

I this the change we really need?

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