Obama Will Give Aunt Her Money Back

'Auntie Zeituni' found to be living illegally in US
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 1, 2008 3:03 PM CDT
The public housing complex in South Boston where Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama's aunt Zeituni Onyango reportedly lives is seen.   (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama’s campaign will return donations made by his aunt, who was outed yesterday as an illegal resident in the US, the Washington Post reports. Zeituni Onyango, the half-sister of the candidate’s late father, lives in a Boston public housing unit and gave $265 to her nephew’s campaign. Rules bar foreign nationals from donating to American presidential campaigns.

“Senator Obama has no knowledge of her status but obviously believes that any and all appropriate laws be followed,” said the campaign’s spokesman, MSNBC reports. Its chief strategist added, “People are suspicious about stories that surface in the last 72 hours of a national campaign.” The McCain campaign declined to comment on the story, calling it "a family matter.”