Obama Returns Cash Tied to Fugitive

    President Barack Obama pauses as he holds up a proposed mortgage application form at the James Lee Community Center in Falls Church, Va., Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012. Obama outlined a proposal he proposed in his State of the Union address to allow homeowners with privately held mortgages to take advantage of record low rates, for an annual savings of about $3,000 for the average borrower. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

    Cliff Owen / AP Photo

    Maybe they can put that money into a super PAC instead. Obama’s 2012 campaign is returning more than $200,000 from two American brothers of a Mexican casino magnate on the run from drug and fraud charges. Juan Jose Rojas Cardona, known as Pepe, was linked to violence and corruption—including the assassination of a business rival—in Mexico after he jumped bail in Iowa in 1994. When The New York Times asked about the Cardona brothers, the Obama campaign said it was unaware of the fugitive brother and then refunded the donations. In January of last year, one of the Cardona brothers asked the Iowa Democratic Party chairman to seek a pardon from the governor.

    Read it at The New York Times