In the campaign's closing days, John McCain's campaign and Republican supporters are trying to tar Barack Obama again with the Tony Rezko connection.
Rezko was convicted in June on federal corruption charges not involving Obama. But Republicans have been saying there's something fishy about the 2005 deal for Obama's home in Chicago.
He paid $300,000 less than the asking price for the Victorian, on the same day Rezko's wife bought a vacant lot next door for the full asking price. Obama has said that was a "boneheaded" move. But independent fact-checking groups have concluded that there's no proof that Obama was involved in any wrongdoing.
Still, the American Conservative Union filed a formal complaint with the Senate Ethics Committee today alleging that Obama's home purchase violated the Senate's gift ban. In the letter to the Ethics Committee, ACU Chairman David Keene said that "sufficient information exists to demonstrate that Senator Obama solicited, received, and accepted a gift greater than $50 from Mr. and Mrs. Rezko, and Senator Obama failed to disclose this gift."
The McCain campaign also organized a conference call on Rezko and Obama with former US Senator Peter Fitzgerald of Illinois.
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