Allegations of fraud surrounding an Obama campaign donor have ignited further controversy for the President’s reelection effort, as another prominent supporter has purportedly engaged in illegal activity. Abake Assongba (photo) and her husband, Anthony J.W. DeRosa, doled out more than $50,000 to Obama’s reelection campaign this year, government records show. Assongba is also facing a lawsuit in Florida, where she allegedly stole $657,000 to help finance a multimillion-dollar home in the state.
Assongba and DeRosa own and operate a charity that allegedly dispenses food and school supplies to children and families in the West African nation of Benin. The charity built a school and launched a host of philanthropic campaigns in the small country, DeRosa wrote on his Facebook page. "Our Accomplishments in West Africa are our micro loan program, motor taxi program, the construction of a school/clinic for urban children, and sustainable small livestock husbandry program," DeRosa’s Facebook profile reads.
However, when a reporter from the Washington Post visited the foundation’s listed Benin headquarters, the office was closed. The charity’s African coordinator conceded that the office had been shut down for some time, while he refrained from disclosing the address of the school that Abake’s Foundation allegedly built.
In fact, diplomatic officials at the Benin Embassy said they had never heard of the charity, and they generally monitor all charities doing work in the Benin area. "About this group we are not informed," said Hector Posset, the minister counselor at the Washington-based embassy. Further, he cautioned, "We want people to know they should be careful where they are putting their money. Not everything is done for Benin people. Some are spending that money for their own good, or bad."
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