How Deep Does the Rot Run?

This is certainly interesting:

When Hillary Clinton attacked Barack Obama for his ties to a Chicago real estate developer who is facing trial on federal corruption charges, the spotlight revealed far-ranging political connections, including one with Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, a strong Clinton backer.

Antoin “Tony” Rezko gave $15,000 to the Democratic National Committee in 2000, when Rendell was chairman. Although there is no known direct contribution to Rendell from Rezko, Rendell received a $1,000 campaign contribution in 2005 from Ali D. Ata, a former Illinois official and co-defendant in the case against Rezko.

I think it’s a generally good policy for politicians not to take money from anyone connected with Chicago politics.  That city oozes more than any other in the country, with the possible exception of New Orleans.