Obama Returns Cash Tied to Fugitive

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.