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Source: Ill. gov nixed job for Jackson Jr.'s wife
AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/16/08 | Don Babwin - ap

Posted on 12/16/2008 3:48:55 PM PST by NormsRevenge

CHICAGO – Shortly after his 2002 election, Gov. Rod Blagojevich told Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. he didn't appoint the congressman's wife as lottery director because he had refused him a $25,000 campaign donation, a person familiar with the conversation told The Associated Press on Tuesday. "Blagojevich went out of his way to say, 'You know I was considering your wife for the lottery job and the $25,000 you didn't give me? That's why she's not getting the job,'" the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing federal investigation.

Jackson's name has played prominently ever since Blagojevich was arrested last week on corruption charges, including allegations that he tried to sell or trade President-elect Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat for personal gain.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: 110th; blago; blagojevich; chicagoway; jessejacksonjr; jjj; nixed; obamatransitionfile; sandijackson

1 posted on 12/16/2008 3:48:55 PM PST by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

I love it when low-lifes fight and bicker with each other.


2 posted on 12/16/2008 3:50:33 PM PST by Gaffer
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Rep Jesse Jackson Jr. speaks at a news conference, where he responded to allegations of involvement with Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, on Capitol Hill, December 10, 2008. (Mitch Dumke/Reuters)


3 posted on 12/16/2008 3:50:35 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed)
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To: Gaffer

Order lots more popcorn, this is just getting started. :-)


4 posted on 12/16/2008 3:51:10 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed)
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To: NormsRevenge

That means that JJR was open to using influence, even if he didn’t do a $$$$ exchange in that instance. Why else would his wife have even been considered?


5 posted on 12/16/2008 3:51:17 PM PST by Pearls Before Swine (Is /sarc really necessary?)
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To: NormsRevenge

LOL!!!!


6 posted on 12/16/2008 3:51:41 PM PST by cmsgop ( Using OS X on a 400 Mhz DV iMac, thats right, I'm Bad.........)
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To: NormsRevenge

7 posted on 12/16/2008 3:54:21 PM PST by Phoenix11
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To: NormsRevenge

Lottery Director?!


8 posted on 12/16/2008 3:54:38 PM PST by utahagen
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To: NormsRevenge

Isn’t it great to know our lives depend on who can pay the most for a job or office?


10 posted on 12/16/2008 3:55:34 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Damn, I just hate it when dirty politicians start leaking info to the....”press”


11 posted on 12/16/2008 3:56:54 PM PST by ScreamingFist (Annihilation - The result of underestimating your enemies. NRA)
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To: freekitty

I wonder how much money changed hands to get Michelle O that cushy do nothing $300k a year hospital job.


12 posted on 12/16/2008 3:58:02 PM PST by Chet 99
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To: NormsRevenge

You haven’t seen anything yet, Obama’s pay to play will make all this look like child’s play. Starting with the unions, the enviro-nuts and continuing from there.


13 posted on 12/16/2008 3:58:40 PM PST by Tarpon (America's first principles, freedom, liberty, market economy and self-reliance will never fail.)
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To: NormsRevenge
"He has shared information with federal prosecutors about public corruption during the past several years, including information about Blagojevich and others," Edmonds said.

Information or misinformation? Jesse Jackson Sr and Jr should not be trusted, even under oath.

14 posted on 12/16/2008 4:00:01 PM PST by OCC
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To: ScreamingFist

This was probably leaked by JJJ.


15 posted on 12/16/2008 4:01:40 PM PST by Boiling Pots (Anthony Kennedy: The 2nd most important person in Government 2009-2013. Pray for his good health.)
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To: utahagen
I'm sure she would have made a great Lottery Director, don'cha think?

ML/NJ

16 posted on 12/16/2008 4:03:31 PM PST by ml/nj
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To: NormsRevenge
a $25,000 campaign donation

Yeah. I'm sure he would have spent in on yardsigns. This isn't just about Blagojevich. This is about everyone of the schmucks that prattles about being a "public servant."

ML/NJ

17 posted on 12/16/2008 4:06:56 PM PST by ml/nj
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To: NormsRevenge

Mrs. Jackson

18 posted on 12/16/2008 4:08:29 PM PST by csvset
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To: OCC

Hmmmm,
wonder who was on JJR’s cooperation with feds?
Obama? To create scandal to obfuscate birth “no-problem”, or to sink some oponents and become “clean”? Ehhhh?


19 posted on 12/16/2008 4:09:22 PM PST by Leo Carpathian (fffffFRrrreeeeepppeeee!)
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To: Chet 99

That would be interesting to know.


20 posted on 12/16/2008 4:13:02 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: Chet 99; freekitty
A large legislative pay off to the hospital sent by Obama, it was all bought and paid for with taxpayer money instead of graft, so that makes it “legal” and “ethical”.
21 posted on 12/16/2008 4:15:08 PM PST by allmendream (Wealth is EARNED not distributed.... so how could it be Redistributed?)
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To: NormsRevenge

If Blagojevich was blatantly doing this kind of stuff as far back as 2002...you just know his friend and supporter Obama had to get tangled up in something, somewhere, somehow between then and now.


22 posted on 12/16/2008 4:16:09 PM PST by LostInBayport (The press and the Barackolytes view you as a miracle worker...so turn the economy into wine, Barry.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Another futhermucker gets his comeuppance at the hands of Big Blago, LOL


23 posted on 12/16/2008 4:17:36 PM PST by mkjessup (43 prior Presidents did NOT spend six-figure sums to hide the details of their birth certificate!)
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To: NormsRevenge
the $25,000 you didn't give me? That's why she's not getting the job,'"

Surely JJ Jr knew these rules when he went to visit Blago the day before he was arrested to present his credentials for the senate seat.

24 posted on 12/16/2008 4:21:17 PM PST by umgud (I'm really happy I wasn't aborted)
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To: NormsRevenge

The Jackson’s extort money, they don’t give money.


25 posted on 12/16/2008 4:22:04 PM PST by Carley (Prayers for Sgt. Eddie Ryan)
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To: NormsRevenge
Here's something that will probably NOT be discussed on the MSM. Barry came out of the same premordial soup as Blago. Blago (pg 64 in the complaint) was whining that he wanted the same deal(s) for Patty as Barry apparently got for Michelle-Omarosa - who got a board position for a Walmart supplier and a $370k job at the University of Chicago Hospital.

IMO, Blago is still holding out for the best deal possible.

26 posted on 12/16/2008 4:25:08 PM PST by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.....)
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To: freekitty
Isn’t it great to know our lives depend on who can pay the most for a job or office?

Or how the Governor of NJ appoints his homosexual lover to the Post of State Security Adviser
27 posted on 12/16/2008 4:31:13 PM PST by uncbob
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To: uncbob

OMG. That is unbelievable.


28 posted on 12/16/2008 4:40:45 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: NormsRevenge
"Blagojevich went out of his way to say, 'You know I was considering your wife for the lottery job and the $25,000 you didn't give me? That's why she's not getting the job,'"

At what point is a Congressman obligated to report illegal corruption?

29 posted on 12/16/2008 4:46:20 PM PST by RJL
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To: NormsRevenge

Shakedown, Jr. got shook down. You gotta love it!


30 posted on 12/16/2008 4:55:44 PM PST by PistolPaknMama (Al-Queda can recruit on college campuses but the US military can't! --FReeper airborne)
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To: Phoenix11

Thank you! Are these complimentary? And could I get a pre-tax soda with that?


31 posted on 12/16/2008 4:57:33 PM PST by PistolPaknMama (Al-Queda can recruit on college campuses but the US military can't! --FReeper airborne)
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To: Chet 99
I wonder how much money changed hands to get Michelle O that cushy do nothing $300k a year hospital job.

Just yikes. Think about it. All these politicians' deals revolved around jobs their wives would be awarded. So MO was awarded her job for something Obama promised. Don't think I've seen anything speculating on what Obama gave away to get his wife that job.

32 posted on 12/16/2008 5:02:59 PM PST by PistolPaknMama (Al-Queda can recruit on college campuses but the US military can't! --FReeper airborne)
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To: Chet 99
I wonder how much money changed hands to get Michelle O that cushy do nothing $300k a year hospital job..................and now she wants a salary for being the first lady.

This pair might turn out to bigger pigs at the trough than the Clintons.

33 posted on 12/16/2008 5:12:48 PM PST by varon (Allegiance to the constitution, always. Allegiance to a political party, never.)
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To: freekitty

No: It isnt unbelievable at all. Its the way things work in politics. Blago is just a litle more in the open than most, and Chicago is a little more corrupt than most cities.

Do you really think lobbyists go to the Hill with nothing in their kit?

It’s junkets, it’s rides on the corporate jet,it’s jobs for the wife and kids. Most times it isn’t cash but its certainly corrupt.

Certainly Obama know’s the rules, he had his wife working at a $300,000 job at a hospital because the Obama was in a posiion to hand out earmarks. Does anyone think that hospital will hire another lady and pay her that kind of salary?

In politics there is a rule, Money talks, and BS walks.


34 posted on 12/16/2008 5:13:19 PM PST by Venturer
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To: NormsRevenge
Money didn't need to change hands.

Just a threat to picket / boycott, some state gig or private business.

That is worth WAY more then $25K!

35 posted on 12/16/2008 5:36:35 PM PST by jaz.357 (I binge with the lunatic fringe)
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To: NormsRevenge

Jackson was upset that he was asked to do the bribing rather than get the bribe himself.


36 posted on 12/16/2008 5:43:46 PM PST by glorgau
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Spokesman: Jackson Jr. talked to feds for years (aka Snitch)
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Posted on 12/16/2008 5:24:28 PM PST by kcvl
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2149910/posts


37 posted on 12/16/2008 6:01:30 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_______Profile finally updated Saturday, December 6, 2008 !!!)
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