Skip to comments.Roland Burris Discussed Senate Seat With Blagojevich Insider (Pay to play $107,690+ and wife a job)
Posted on 01/09/2009 6:52:57 PM PST by Maelstorm
Burris testified that in either July or September he told Monk: Lon, I'm interested in that Senate seat and I think you've got access to the governor, so just let him know that I'm interested."
Burris said he doesnt know if Monk passed along the message.
Burris also confirmed Thursday that he and his companies had donated over $21,000 to Friends of Blagojevich since 2002.
The Chicago Sun-Times has reported that clients of Burris lobby firm have donated $107,690 to Blagojevich while winning over $3 million in contracts from the state. Burris also hosted a $1,000 a plate dinner for Blagojevich during his 2006 bid for reelection as Illinois governor, and the governors wife obtained an $80,000-a-year job at a non-profit organization whose directors include longtime Burris partner Fred Lebed.
In transcripts of federal wiretaps made public when Blagojevich was arrested on Dec. 9, the governor said the opportunity to fill the seat was golden and indicated he expected to get some personal benefit in return for the appointment.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, federal authorities tapped Monks cellphone in November.
The Chicago-Tribune reports that U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald has asked a judge for permission to give the impeachment committee FBI recordings in which Blagojevich and Monk allegedly discussed how the governor would sign horse-racing legislation in exchange for campaign contributions.
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I’m sure that Reid offered a quid pro quo.
If I were Reid I wouldn’t touch Burris with a ten foot pole.
Crooks, all of them
Yes , COME ON GOP !!!!!
Justice Department Briefing on Blagojevich Investigation:
Patrick Fitzgerald, United States attorney general for the Northern District of Illinois [speaking to press]:
Published: December 9, 2008, New York Times
Excerpts from the transcript:
Fitzgerald: "In the governor words -- governor's words, quote, 'Fire all those bleeping people. Get them the bleep out of there. And get us some editorial support,' close quote. And the bleeps are not really bleeps."
Fitzgerald: "A month or so ago a $1.8 billion tollway project was announced. While that tollway project was being announced, Governor Blagojevich was privately seeking to have a person benefiting from that contract raise $100,000 in contributions, and privately the government (sic) said, 'I could have made a larger announcement but wanted to see how they would perform by the end of the year. If they don't perform, bleep 'em.' That's a quote. And the word 'bleep' was not the word he used."
Fitzgerald: "The governor's own words describing the Senate seat, quote, "It's a bleeping valuable thing -- thing. You just don't give it away for nothing," close quote.
Another quote, "I've got this thing, and it's bleeping golden. And I'm just not giving it up for bleeping nothing. I'm not going to do it, and I can always use it; I can parachute me there," quote. Those are his words, not our characterization, other than with regard to the bleep.
The tapes reveal that Governor Blagojevich wanted a number of things in exchange for making the appointment to the Senate seat -- an appointment as secretary of health and human services or an ambassadorship, an appointment to a private foundation, a higher paying job for his wife or campaign contributions."
From the Republicans that I have heard on TV talk shows, it seems that the Republicans have been publicly in favor of seating Burris for no other reason than the fact that Reid has been publicly in favor of NOT seating Burris.
Politics in America has become a pathetic game.
From David Horowitz's FrontPageMag.com/DiscoverTheNetworks.org:
PROFILE: BOBBY RUSH:
* Democratic Member of Congress
* Member of the radical Progressive Caucus
* In 1968, went AWOL from the U.S. Army
* Co-founder of the Illinois branch of the Black Panther Party
* In 1969, served six months in jail for an illegal weapons conviction
* Advocates reparations for African Americans
"Bobby Rush has described his involvement with the Black Panthers as part of his maturation process, as a youthful indiscretion that he abandoned immediately after Hampton's death. He described his role mostly as running the Black Panther Party's Free Breakfast for Children program.
But Bobby Rush served six months in jail for a 1969 illegal weapons conviction and, even after his release, in 1971 his comrades were still describing him as the 'Deputy Minister of Defense' for the Black Panther Party in Illinois. In 1992 the socialist magazine In These Times praised fledgling congressional candidate Rush, writing that he 'has continued to support progressive policies and has never disavowed his Panther past...."
From the Maoist Internationist Movement:
[1960s/original] Black Panther Party [BPP] Archives
From the article: REVOLUTIONARY HEROES
"On May 1st, May Day , the day of the gigantic Free Huey rally, two of Alioto's top executioners vamped on the brothers from the Brown Community who were attending to their own affairs. These brothers, who are endowed with the revolutionary spirit of the Black Panther Party defended themselves from the racist pig gestapo.
Pig Joseph Brodnik received his just reward with a big hole in the chest. Pig Paul McGoran got his in the mouth which was not quite enough to off him.
The revolutionary brothers escaped the huge swarm of pigs with dogs, mace, tanks and helicopters, proving once again that "the spirit of the people is greater than the man's technology."
To these brothers the revolutionary people of racist America want to say, by your revolutionary deed you are heroes, and that you are always welcome to our camp."
Source: Maoist Internationist Movement
Article: REVOLUTIONARY HEROS (May 11, 1969):
Come on GOP and do what?
Believe me, the best thing the GOP can do at this moment is stand aside, out of the way, and let the coming excrement-storm play out in living color. While they are out of the way, under a big umbrella.
The incoming crowd is going to overreach so far it's arms are going to fall right off. They can't even keep the lid of stewpot clamped on until the inauguration. It's jittering and jumping on the stove-top, with steam squirting out, and little cogs and gears shooting out of the pressure gauge.
"I'm Bambi. Ever hear of Burris Butt Bingo?"
"Not to worry, Mr President, if that hairy screwball doesn't
bow out, my boys got their AK-47's locked and loaded."
So - Blagojevich tried to sell the seat. Burris was appointed by Blago to the seat. Now it looks like Burris paid for the seat in political contributions. Blaojevich is in trouble for trying to sell the seat.
The Illinois Supreme Court has cleared the hurdles to the product of bribery getting a reward for illegal activity.
Our country truly is about to fold in...
But Fitz wouldn't let Blago call Rahmbo to testify.. Here's hoping the Senate trial is wide-open.
"Bye for now. After I search Kenya for Obama memorabilia to sell
on eBay, I'm a c-i-v-i-l-i-a-n volunteer in Israel......in the war zone."
Bookmarked ..... can read about “Crooks” from now through January 20th, 2013.
But it is not pay to play at least that is what the media is saying. Go figure. Guy gives big contributions and arranges for the governor’s wife to get a cushy near six figure job and there is no proof he did anything improper. lol The leftist media is a study in contradictions.
It well may be outrageous, but they (Republicans) are in no position to point fingers at anyone; because this is a time honored practice among all politicians of both parties!
Blogojevich is no more dirty in what he's done than any other politician before or current. He simply crossed the wrong politicians in his own party, and they're out to get him.
And by the way; I'll bet you if he's tried on charges of attempting to sell this Senate seat, he'll walk, because no one took his offer, and therefore no crime was committed.
I suppose we'll just have to wait and see how smart ole Fitz really is.
Don't hold your breath!
See that is where you are wrong and where Republicans make a key mistake. It isn’t about whether anyone has a right to do anything. One of the reasons the GOP ends of looking so bad is because the left is so effective at controlling the impression of the public. As for the GOP being just as bad I’d have to disagree not because I think they have been great but because they clearly are not of the same class of individuals such as those who exist in the Democrat party.
They have shown a degree of antipathy towards our troops and have blatantly attempted to sabotage our foreign policy. They also seek to or are supported by those who wish to shape our country into a secular moral wasteland. I personally would like to see the whole lot of them thrown in jail but until someone is ready for a revolution then we have what we have.
The Republican Party may not be a an honorable suitor but the Democrat party has been traitorous and have done more to create the current mess we are in economically where as the GOP primary failing is in the failure to stop them and a President who is playing out of his league. We have many House and Senate Gopers to be proud of. Not many Rhino’s remain. The one thing that is certain is that if the GOP does not fight back then they are going to get the blame and the left is going to use this as an example of why we need more bigger government.
This is the time for those conservatives in the party to lead a populist rebellion against the federal government which most people believe is severely broken. This is an opportunity like no other to turn the people against big government and the socialist leaning Dems and Reps that created the mess. This is the perfect time and the vacuum of leadership will be filled. If the Gop sits back and plays nice and doesn’t give the people a cause to rally for which is the simple one that it is time to stop the insanity of bailouts, handouts, and spending money we do not have. The every day people understand that the government is broken, the right leader could drive real change in this time. It has been done before. It is critical that the GOP continue to hammer a mantra that it was big spending and big government that caused this mess.
But if you really believe that political appointments are granted based purely on merit and ideology, then by all means keep dreaming and pay no attention to that "man behind the curtain".
How did you think politicians managed to get such a lousy name to begin with? Just like the old "Smith Barney" commercial used to say," They earned it!"
Now I will contend that on some level, your typical GOP candidate is ideologically on a higher level than a typical Dem; but the difference is only in idealogy, and not because of any real personal values reason. I'd be glad to offer you some examples of what I am talking about here, but I really don't think that anything I pointed out, would convince anyone who is so committed to what you perceive the GOP as representing.
You know,"Rush" once stated, "don't listen to what they say: but rather, watch what they do".
Well I have been watching what they've been doing, and therefore I'm calling them as I see them.
However,I will contend that the Democrat party contains some of the vilest values of any society, and is rife with traitors, and perversion enablers.
It grieves me to see how they have manipulated the African American voting block in this country, and have successfully placed an immovable wedge between them and us white conservatives: and therefore I in fact despise the Democrat party for this;and perhaps more for it, than any other evil thing they have done to our country.