President Barack Obama will have about $200,000 less in his campaign budget after reports surfaced that he will be returning contributions given to him by brothers of a Mexican casino owner who fled the U.S. on fraud and drug charges.
Carlos and Alberto Rojas Cardona of Chicago are the brothers of Juan Jose Rojas Cardona who in 1994 skipped out on bail in Iowa before fleeing to Mexico where he has been linked to additional violence and crime. The brothers began raising the funds for use in Obama’s campaign last year. The money was returned to the donors when the newspaper began asking questions about the role the Cardona brothers played in the fundraising.
“On the basis of the questions that have been raised, we will return the contributions from these individuals and from any other donors they brought to the campaign,” reported Ben LaBolt an Obama campaign spokesman according to the Huffington Post.