Ata http://northernpublicradio.org en Blagojevich fundraiser dodges prison time http://northernpublicradio.org/post/blagojevich-fundraiser-dodges-prison-time <p>Ali Ata donated $50,000 to Rod Blagojevich. In return he was appointed the executive director of the Illinois Finance Authority, a job that paid&nbsp;$125,000 a year.<br /><br />Ata pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his relationship with the corrupt Blagojevich fundraiser and advisor Tony Rezko. But prosecutors say Ata began cooperating during Rezko&#39;s trial and ended up being a key witness.<br /><br />On the stand Ata detailed a meeting where he gave Rezko a $25,000 contribution.<br /> Wed, 18 Jul 2012 10:04:40 +0000 Robert Wildeboer 15123 at http://northernpublicradio.org Blagojevich fundraiser dodges prison time