michelle barack obama2  Who is Vera Baker? And what did she do for Barack Obama? If you’re wondering who Vera Baker — the woman rumored to have been involved with Barack Obama during his Senate race — is, then you must not have been paying attention to the Republicans during the 2008 presidential campaign.

John McCain’s camp made a big fuss over the former political fund-raiser’s relationship with Obama during his 2004 Senate race.

Implications were that they were more than co-workers. But even back then, no one took these allegations seriously.

Which may have been because the Republican party was throwing anything they could at Obama — that he wasn’t a natural U.S. citizen, that he was a card-carrying Muslim, that he was a terrorist supporter, etc, etc. 

]]>background: She was born in 1974 in San Francisco, where she grew up. She graduated from Mills College in Oakland, Calif., and in 2000 founded Baker, Wambu & Associates, a political consulting firm that soon became a top fund-raiser for the Congressional Black Caucus. She was the finance director for Obama’s campaign for the U.S. Senate in Illinois in 2004. She also was the deputy political director at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. After she left politics, Baker worked at a municipal bond brokerage and later launched Cape Caribbean, LLC, a strategic marketing firm. She reportedly now lives in the Caribbean. Follow Zap2it on Twitter and Facebook for the latest celebrity news and buzz. More Barack Obama dish: Obama cheating scandal:: Old rumors of smear campaign
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