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Big Obama Donor Accused Of Fraud

A top fundraiser for President Barack Obama's re-election campaign has been accused of fraud, the Washington Post reported Sunday.

New York donor Abake Assongba is one of the president's 400 volunteer fundraisers and has raised more than $50,000 for Obama's re-election campaign, according to Obama's list of volunteer fundraisers on his campaign website.

Assongba is accused of defrauding a businessman out of $657,000, impersonating a bank official and dodging creditors, according to the Washington Post. She disputes the allegations. "More than 1.3 million Americans have donated to the campaign, and we constantly review those contributions for any issues," Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt told the Washington Post. "Some issues are easy to identify, others more difficult, but once an issue has been raised, we address it promptly, as we will do in this case."

Assongba and her husband, Anthony J.W. DeRosa, run a nonprofit organization called Abake's Foundation that distributes school supplies and food to children in Benin, Africa.

In one Florida case, Swiss businessman Klaus-Werner Pusch accused Assongba of engaging him in an email scam and then using the money to buy a multi-million-dollar home, the Washington Post reported.

Obama is the only presidential candidate to releases a formal list of his "bundlers" in an effort to create transparency, but it has also added to scrutiny of his campaign.

by RTT Staff Writer

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