Did Jesse Jackson Jr Offer $5 Million to Blagojevich For Obama’s Empty Seat?

April 13, 2009

The Sun-Times is reporting there might have been a $5 Million “pay to play” offer made by Jesse Jackson Jr’s camp, to secure President Obama’s old Senate seat.

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s camp was told last year that U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) would raise up to $5 million in campaign cash for the ex-governor if he was appointed to President Obama’s U.S. Senate seat, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned.

The overture came from at least two members of the local Indian community who approached the Blagojevich fund-raising team last fall, sources say.

Besides the $5 million to be raised by Jackson, the proposal also included another $1 million for Blagojevich’s campaign fund that would come from Indian donors, sources say.

This is the first revelation that a proposal for the Jackson appointment involved an alleged promise that he’d raise campaign cash for the ex-governor.

This is getting interesting. So far, the government has made it very clear that former governor Blagojevich is the alleged payee in this “pay for play” scandal, but they have not been as clear about who the paying players were. It takes at least two to tango, and if the above article is accurate, it appears as though Jesse Jackson Jr has been tearing up the dance floor.

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3 Responses to Did Jesse Jackson Jr Offer $5 Million to Blagojevich For Obama’s Empty Seat?

  1. Angry Dumbo on April 13, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    In Chicago nobody gives up nothing of value for free, so then how exactly did Rahm convince Blago to give up his comfy congressional district to run for Governor? Nothing to see here. Just some dangerous thoughts.

  2. Anonanoano on April 13, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    Indian donors?

    American Indian donors or immigrants from India?

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