The Rezko Ticket
Alright, we already know this:
Barack Obama's ties to the prolific fund-raiser and developer - who faces up to 20 years behind bars following his June conviction for wire fraud, mail fraud, money-laundering and soliciting bribes - are relatively well-known.
Over the years, Rezko raised some $250,000 for Obama's campaigns. And, in 2005, he helped Barack and Michelle Obama by buying a lot they couldn't afford right next to the home they'd just purchased - then selling them part of the property.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Biden has for 30 years been a close friend of Chicago lawyer Joseph Cari - a key player in the Rezko scam who pleaded guilty to extortion and admitted taking part in an $850,000 kickback scheme.
In fact, Cari was the Midwest field director for Biden's aborted 1988 presidential bid. The Delaware senator has described him as "a friend, and he's an honorable guy," but added: "I don't know anything beyond that."