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  • Capitol Hill's Other Dirty Laundry

    06/15/2011 5:02:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | June 15, 2011 | Michelle Malkin
    The same congressional panel that launched a preliminary inquiry into Weiner-gate this week has been diddling around with several other Democratic ethics scandals for years. These aren't foxes guarding the henhouse. They're sloths guarding the foxhole. The House Ethics Committee is now reportedly probing into Twitter-holic Democratic New York Rep. Anthony Weiner's possible abuse of government resources while sending pervy messages and photos to young women across the country. The latest batch of Weiner's leaked social-media self-portraits -- more cheesecake than beefcake -- showed him in various states of undress at the congressional gym. From what other public buildings has...
  • Jesse Jackson Jr: Let’s solve unemployment by adding lots of new rights to the Constitution

    03/08/2011 8:09:23 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/08/2011 | Allahpundit
    Via the Blaze. Believe it or not, the 90 seconds in the video aren’t the dumbest part; go read the blockquote from his extended floor remarks at Ace’s site for his unified field theory of how all jobs ultimately flow from the First Amendment. Usually it’s the Commerce Clause that’s cited when the left wants to justify a power grab towards a command economy, so give JJJ credit for originality at least.The most fun part of this thought experiment (apart from figuring out how to pay for it, natch) is imagining the sort of insane lobbying wars that would erupt...
  • What Was Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. THINKING?

    03/07/2011 5:37:05 PM PST · by Biggirl · 18 replies
    http://annem040359.wordpress.com/ ^ | March 7, 2011 | annem040359
    Good grief, what was USA House of Representative Jesse Jackson Jr., (D/IL) THINKING when he came up with this silly idea about fixing unemployment by changing the USA Constitution to allow every kid to get an iPod and a laptop. This is beyond being laughable, it is just downright STUPID. It is nonsense like this why the Democrats in the USA House got their clocks cleaned out this past November. The USA Constitution is not a document that can be changed on a whim. Cannot Rep. Jackson Jr. GET THAT?
  • Jesse Jackson Jr. Way Out of Unemployment Crisis Change Constitution Every Kid Gets an iPod & Laptop

    03/07/2011 5:10:23 AM PST · by Pacothecat · 23 replies
    Jesse Jackson Jr. Says Way Out of the Unemployment Crisis is to Change the Constitution So Every Ghetto Kid Gets an iPod and a Laptop http://www.theblaze.com/stories/jesse-jackson-jr-says-way-out-of-the-unemployment-crisis-is-to-change-the-constitutional-so-every-ghetto-kid-gets-an-ipod-and-a-laptop/
  • Jesse Jackson Jr. Denies Role in $6M Scheme to Bankroll Blagojevich

    09/27/2010 12:21:44 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | September 27, 2010 | Carl Horowitz
      Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill., like his famous father, has become a Democratic Party kingmaker, both in Chicago and on Capitol Hill. He's also, according to the September 21 Chicago Sun-Times, the mastermind behind a scheme to raise $6 million in campaign contributions for then-Illinois Democratic Governor Rod Blagojevich in return for a U.S. Senate appointment. The allegation, made by a Chicago-area businessman-fundraiser, Raghuveer Nayak, contradicts Jackson's assertions that he hadn't tried to buy Barack Obama's pending vacant Senate seat in the weeks prior to Election Day 2008. The actual version of events may well determine whether federal...
  • Jesse's Girl? (Jesse Jackson Jr. in Affair Scandal)

    09/21/2010 7:20:53 PM PDT · by MissesBush · 34 replies · 1+ views
    NBC Chicago ^ | 09/21/2010 | Andrew Greiner
    Jesse Jackson Jr. doesn't deny involvement with a Washington D.C. based restaurant hostess who was named this morning in a Sun-Times story about his alleged attempt to buy an appointment to President Obama's former Senate seat. Jackson Jr. allegedly had a relationship with Giovana Huidobro, a restaurant hostess and former model whose pictures can be seen here, and asked that fund-raiser Raghuveer Nayak pay for her to be flown from D.C. to Chicago on at least two occasions. "The reference to a social acquaintance is a personal and private matter between me and my wife that was handled some time...
  • Rep. Jackson: I did nothing wrong but 'deeply sorry' over 'social acquaintance'

    09/21/2010 1:03:40 PM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 84 replies
    Sun Times ^ | Sept. 21, 2010 | By NATASHA KORECKI AND ABDON M. PALLASCH
    U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) said Tuesday he is “deeply sorry” for having “disappointed some supporters” regarding his relationship with a female “social acquaintance.” But the congressman vowed to stay in office in the wake of a Chicago Sun-Times report that a major political fund-raiser has told federal authorities that Jackson directed him to offer former Gov. Rod Blagojevich millions of dollars in campaign cash in return for an appointment for Jackson to the U.S. Senate, to succeed President Obama. The allegation by Oak Brook businessman Raghuveer Nayak regarding fund-raising runs counter to public statements Jackson has made as...
  • Fund-raiser: Jesse Jackson Jr. behind $6M Senate-seat scheme

    09/21/2010 8:39:18 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 39 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | September 21, 2010 | NatashaKorecki, Chris Fusco and Lynn Sweet
    Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. directed a major political fund-raiser to offer former Gov. Rod Blagojevich millions of dollars in campaign cash in return for an appointment to the U.S. Senate, sources said the fund-raiser has told federal authorities. The allegation by Oak Brook businessman Raghuveer Nayak counters public statements made as recently as last week by Jackson that he never authorized any deal to attempt to buy the Senate seat. » Click to enlarge image The allegation that Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. directed a major political fund-raiser to offer former Gov. Rod Blagojevich millions of dollars in campaign cash in...
  • Jesse Jackson Jr. to prosecutors: 'Bring it on'

    09/17/2010 2:05:49 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 11 replies
    Sun Times ^ | 9-17-10 | Natasha Korecki
    Jackson Jr. declared this morning that if government prosecutors have evidence on him tied to Rod Blagojevich: “Bring it on.” Jackson, speaking on WLS radio’s “Don Wade & Roma” show this morning, for the first time publicly responded to an allegation that he was present at a meeting when fund-raisers discussed collecting $1 million for Blagojevich in exchange for Jackson’s appointment. Jackson said two Indian fund-raisers began speaking in another language at an Oct. 28, 2008, meeting, and he didn’t know what they were saying. “I’m not alone at the meeting, it baffled me, you know: ‘Jackson sits alone with...
  • Why has Jesse Jackson, Jr. escaped prosecution in Blago case?

    07/26/2010 9:25:26 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 30 replies · 4+ views
    American Thinker ^ | July 26, 2010 | Clarice Feldman
    The great John Kass of the Chicago Tribune reveals what most of the press has avoided in the Blagojevich case, there's evidence that Congressman Jesse Jackson,, Jr. was involved in a plan to pay off then-Governor Blagojevich for appointing him to Obama's vacant Senate seat.   Junior G-Man might not be a big winner, but he is the luckiest politician in town.Jackson Jr. wanted the U.S. Senate seat once held by President Obama. As governor, Blagojevich had the power to appoint the successor. Blago wanted money. Jackson's Indian friends had lots of it.When it was learned in 2008 that mysterious...
  • Jesse Jackson, Jr. to Back Kirk in IL Senate Race?

    05/24/2010 9:03:29 AM PDT · by reaganwasright1980 · 34 replies · 572+ views
    Alexi Giannoulias's road to replace Barack Obama in the Senate from Illinois has just gotten even rockier. Not only is popular GOP Congressman Mark Kirk running against him, but his family's bank was seized by the government on suspicions of corruption. And now Democratic Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. may actually back Kirk. Yes, the son of Jesse Jackson might back a Republican. Politico is reporting this as it becomes obvious that Giannoulias may actually lose in this very blue state.
  • Blagojevich wanted ‘good gig’ for Senate appointment, court filing shows [Rezko]

    04/16/2010 1:00:59 AM PDT · by CutePuppy · 8 replies · 491+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | April 14, 2010 | Jeff Coen, John Chase and David Kidwell
    Months after winning the state's highest office, Rod Blagojevich and some of his closest advisers met to discuss how they could turn their political fortune into personal riches, with the new governor listening as Antoin "Tony" Rezko stood at a board and outlined the ideas, prosecutors alleged in a new court filing Wednesday. Rezko, one of the governor's top fundraisers, was the alleged mastermind of some of the plans. Chris Kelly, the Blagojevich confidant who took his own life last fall, sometimes hopped up to add his two cents, prosecutors alleged. Also there was Alonzo "Lon" Monk, then Blagojevich's chief...
  • Judicial Watch Announces List of Washington's "Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians" for 2009

    04/06/2010 3:08:00 PM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 17 replies · 1,055+ views
    Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, today released its 2009 list of Washington's "Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians." The list, in alphabetical order, includes: 1. Senator Christopher Dodd (D-CT): This marks two years in a row for Senator Dodd, who made the 2008 "Ten Most Corrupt" list for his corrupt relationship with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and for accepting preferential treatment and loan terms from Countrywide Financial, a scandal which still dogs him. In 2009, the scandals kept coming for the Connecticut Democrat. In 2009, Judicial Watch filed a Senate ethics complaint against...
  • Judicial Watch Announces List of Washington’s “Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians” for 2009

    12/28/2009 11:50:52 AM PST · by jazusamo · 34 replies · 3,114+ views
    judicialwatch.org ^ | December 28, 2009 | Judicial Watch
    Washington, DCJudicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, today released its 2009 list of Washington’s “Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians.”  The list, in alphabetical order, includes: 1. Senator Christopher Dodd (D-CT):  This marks two years in a row for Senator Dodd, who made the 2008 “Ten Most Corrupt” list for his corrupt relationship with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and for accepting preferential treatment and loan terms from Countrywide Financial, a scandal which still dogs him.  In 2009, the scandals kept coming for the Connecticut Democrat.  In 2009, Judicial Watch filed a Senate ethics complaint against...
  • Isaac Hayes to Challenge Jesse Jackson Jr.("Senate Candidate 5" in Blagojevich Indictment )

    07/29/2009 6:06:03 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 18 replies · 938+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | 7.29.09 @ 11:56AM | W. James Antle, III
    Well, not that Isaac Hayes, who died last year. Rep. Jackson's Republican challenger could have some fun with campaign slogans invoking his more famous namesake. Tired of getting the Shaft from Washington? Vote for Isaac Hayes. Or: Isaac Hayes -- finally, a Chef who won't spoil the broth. And maybe even: Vote for hot buttered soul.
  • Jesse Jackson Jr. Pays Campaign Funds to Chicago Alderman Wife ($247K)

    05/21/2009 2:12:49 PM PDT · by pissant · 4 replies · 456+ views
    Bloomberg | 5/21/09 | Tim Burger
    Bloomberg - headline and link allowed only http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=washingtonstory&sid=a7Hk3ZEF4QyM
  • The Jackson $5 million?

    04/13/2009 11:20:35 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 10 replies · 918+ views
    suntimes.com ^ | April 13, 2009 | NATASHA KORECKI
    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...
  • Ethics board launches probe into Rep Jesse Jackson Jr.

    04/07/2009 4:09:48 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 10 replies · 642+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 4-7-09 | Natasha Korecki
    A congressional ethics board has launched a preliminary inquiry into U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill), related to President Obama’s vacant Senate seat and the corruption investigation of ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned. The Office of Congressional Ethics, formed just last year, voted in late March to conduct a “preliminary review,” of actions surrounding Jackson’s bid to be appointed to the Senate seat, according to documents released by the office. The committee launched the action Thursday — the same day Blagojevich was indicted on corruption charges. The panel has asked parties in the Blagojevich case —...
  • Jesse Jackson Jr. interviewed by feds (Chicago Way)

    04/07/2009 12:43:46 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 14 replies · 1,007+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 4-7-09 | Natasha Korecki, Fran Spielman
    Federal authorities have asked U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson (D.-Ill) why former Gov. Rod Blagojevich believed he would get campaign cash in exchange for appointing Jackson to President Obama's vacant Senate seat, sources told the Sun-Times. More than a week ago, Jackson and his criminal defense lawyer sat down for an interview with investigators in connection with the ongoing corruption probe of the now-indicted Blagojevich. Among the areas of interest, sources say, was what Jackson told his representatives to convey to the Blagojevich camp on his behalf last year -- a time Jackson sought the Senate seat appointment. And, in a...
  • Reid pressured Blagojevich not to appoint Jackson Jr. to Obama’s U.S. Senate seat

    01/03/2009 2:28:16 AM PST · by GQuagmire · 38 replies · 1,890+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | January 2, 2009 | NATASHA KORECKI, CHRIS FUSCO AND LYNN SWEET
    Days before Gov. Blagojevich was charged with trying to sell President-elect Barack Obama's U.S. Senate seat to the highest bidder, top Senate Democrat Harry Reid made it clear who he didn’t want in the post: Jesse Jackson, Jr., Danny Davis or Emil Jones. Rather, Reid called Blagojevich to argue he appoint either state Veterans Affairs chief Tammy Duckworth or Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, sources told the Chicago Sun-Times.
  • Reid pressured Blagojevich not to appoint Jackson Jr. to Obama’s U.S. Senate seat

    01/02/2009 9:13:24 PM PST · by HD1200 · 45 replies · 2,777+ views
    Sun Times ^ | 1-02-09 | NATASHA KORECKI, CHRIS FUSCO AND LYNN SWEET
    Days before Gov. Blagojevich was charged with trying to sell President-elect Barack Obama's U.S. Senate seat to the highest bidder, top Senate Democrat Harry Reid made it clear who he didn’t want in the post: Jesse Jackson, Jr., Danny Davis or Emil Jones. Rather, Reid called Blagojevich to argue he appoint either state Veterans Affairs chief Tammy Duckworth or Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, sources told the Chicago Sun-Times. Sources say the Senate majority leader pushed against Jackson and Davis — both democratic congressmen from Illinois — and against Jones — the Illinois Senate president who is the political godfather...
  • Blagojevich News Conference - LIVE THREAD

    12/19/2008 11:50:42 AM PST · by randita · 117 replies · 4,598+ views
    Various media ^ | 12/19/08 | Self
    Post any comments about the Blago 2:00 (Central Time) News Conference.
  • Is Jesse Jackson Jr. naive, honest, corrupt, or vindictive?

    12/17/2008 11:53:49 PM PST · by malkee · 14 replies · 924+ views
    Kansas City Star ^ | 12-18-08 | George Harris
    But out of vindictiveness, did Jackson then decide to entrap Blagojevich by getting him to ask for money in exchange for giving Jackson the Illinois Senate seat? Did he intend to report the crime to Patrick Fitzgerald? Or was the price just more than Jackson could pay for the favor, and was he overheard on wiretaps arguing about the price? If Jackson had been fully cooperating with U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald in setting up Blagojevich (and Jackson's spokesman says he wasn't), it seems unlikely that he would call a press conference to protest his innocence. More likely he would just...
  • Jesse Jackson Jr. ratted on Blagojevich

    12/17/2008 12:06:11 AM PST · by Fred · 43 replies · 3,880+ views
    NY DAILY NEWS ^ | Wednesday, December 17th 2008, 12:23 AM | CELESTE KATZ
    Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has been dropping dimes on his state's disgraced governor and other corrupt local pols for years, a spokesman said Tuesday. Jackson, a longtime congressman and son of the famed civil rights activist, has been pulled into the controversy surrounding Gov. Rod Blagojevich's alleged attempt to auction Barack Obama's now-vacant U.S. Senate seat. A Jackson spokesman, Kenneth Edmonds, said the congressman had spoken to the feds about Blagojevich and others. He wouldn't provide details, but Chicago's WLS-TV reported the congressman told investigators Blagojevich refused to make Jackson's wife director of the state lottery because Jackson would...
  • Can Blagojevich Use Campaign Cash to Pay Lawyers?

    12/16/2008 10:33:52 PM PST · by Fred · 8 replies · 486+ views
    Pro Publica ^ | 121608 | Ben Protess
    Facing 30 years in prison on corruption charges, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is assembling the best defense team money can buy. The question is, whose money? There has been speculation that Blagojevich will use his expansive campaign war chest, $3.6 million at last count, to pay for his defense. Can he really do that? To paraphrase a fellow Chicagoan: Yes he can! Possibly. State law does not prevent the Democratic governor from tapping his campaign committee's funds to pay legal bills, even though he stands accused of illegally soliciting and obtaining some of the funds in exchange for official actions....
  • Jesse Jackson Jr. tells CNN he was an "informer" NOT an "informant"!

    12/16/2008 7:28:28 PM PST · by HD1200 · 28 replies · 1,733+ views
    CNN tonight clarifying earlier reports today that Jackson was an informant working with the Prosecutor. Jackson told CNN that in 2002 he was asked for a $25,000 campaign contribution to Hot Rod's 2002 campaign to ensure a job for Jackson's wife at the Illinois lottery. Jackson said he went to the authorities and reported it at that time. Funny thing, that was the year Obama was so proud to be working for Hot Rod's Gubanatorial race! Funny how things work out, eh Democrats?
  • Rep. Jackson Said to Have Reported Blagojevich Request

    12/16/2008 9:45:31 PM PST · by STARWISE · 60 replies · 1,924+ views
    Wash Post ^ | 12-17-08 | Peter Slevin, Kari Lydersen
    Rep. Jesse L. Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) told federal investigators that Gov. Rod Blagojevich asked for a $25,000 campaign contribution during Blagojevich's 2002 run for governor and may have exacted retribution when the money did not arrive, a political source close to Jackson said Tuesday. After Blagojevich (D) won, he considered and rejected Jackson's wife, Sandi, for the job of state lottery director, the source said. Later, the governor saw Rep. Jackson at an event in Washington and, according to the source, told him he bet Jackson regretted not paying up. *snip* Impeachment committee members remain uncertain what evidence U.S. Attorney...
  • Spokesman: Jackson Jr. talked to feds for years (aka Snitch)

    A congressman who acknowledged being mentioned in a criminal complaint against Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has been sharing information about public corruption with federal investigators for years, a spokesman said. Kenneth Edmonds, a spokesman for U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., told The Associated Press that the congressman had spoken about Blagojevich and others.
  • Source: Ill. gov nixed job for Jackson Jr.'s wife

    12/16/2008 3:48:55 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 36 replies · 1,050+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/16/08 | Don Babwin - ap
    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...
  • Black leaders see Senate seat being hijacked

    12/16/2008 5:35:20 AM PST · by DogBarkTree · 41 replies · 1,526+ views
    SunTimes.com ^ | 12/16/08 | LAURA WASHINGTON
    Bye bye, black Senate seat! The political blackbirds are singing a swan song for the hopes of keeping a U.S. Senate seat in African-American hands. The Rod Blagojevich implosion may have dealt that cause a fatal blow. Last week's stunning pay-to-play charges led to calls around the nation for a special election to choose President-elect Barack Obama's successor. That possibility has provoked outrage among black community leaders and politicians. Not so fast, they are saying. Last month, the Concerned Clergy of Illinois demanded that the governor appoint a "qualified" African American "who can fill this vacancy and who has the...
  • Protesters call for Jackson Jr. resignation

    12/13/2008 6:36:07 PM PST · by melt · 39 replies · 1,990+ views
    chicagotribune.com ^ | 12/12/08 | AP via chicagotribune.com
    At least some of his constituents want embattled Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. to resign. About a dozen protesters stood outside his Chicago office today shouting, "Ho ho ho, Jesse Jr.'s gotta go." Protest organizer Harold Davis says he believes allegations that an emissary may have offered to raise money for Gov. Rod Blagojevich in exchange for Jackson being appointed to President-elect Barack Obama's Senate seat. Davis says Jackson has tainted the democratic process and his political career is over. Others in the south side neighborhood disagree. Several passersby shouted support for Jackson and one yelled, "Leave Jesse alone."
  • Report: Jackson backers sought cash for Ill. gov.

    12/12/2008 6:25:53 AM PST · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 58 replies · 3,397+ views
    Yahoo.News ^ | December 12, 2008 | YahooNews
    ABC News CHICAGO – Businessmen with ties to both Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson discussed raising $1 million for Blagojevich to help persuade him to appoint Jackson to President-elect Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat, according to a published report. Citing unnamed sources, the Chicago Tribune reports in a story for Friday's editions that businessman Raghuveer Nayak and Blagojevich aide Rajinder Bedi told attendees at an Oct. 31 meeting that they needed to raise the money for the governor to ensure Jackson's appointment. "Raghu said he needed to raise a million for Rod to make sure Jesse...
  • Jesse Jackson Jr.: 'I want my name back'

    12/12/2008 6:09:38 PM PST · by melt · 43 replies · 1,273+ views
    cnn.com ^ | 12/12/08 | cnn.com
    CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN) -- U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. said Friday that he was fighting to get "my name back" after he was identified as "Senate Candidate 5" in a criminal complaint against Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. says neither he nor any emissaries offered favors in exchange for a Senate appointment. Jackson, the son of famed civil rights leader Jesse Jackson and a six-term Democratic congressman from Chicago, had publicly sought to succeed President-elect Barack Obama in the U.S. Senate. Jackson had talked to Blagojevich, the person with the sole power to make the appointment, on...
  • Fundraiser emerges as key event in Illinois probe

    12/12/2008 6:46:36 PM PST · by AmericanMade1776 · 12 replies · 617+ views
    Yahoo news ^ | ADAM GOLDMAN and RICHARD T. PIENCIAK,
    fundraiser held by Indian-American businessmen three days before Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was arrested on corruption charges emerged Friday as a potentially key event in the federal investigation into whether he tried to sell President-elect Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat. Questions are being raised about last Saturday's event for Blagojevich because Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s brother, Jonathan, was among those attending. The Indian community has a long history of supporting the Jackson family's political aspirations, and the congressman has been clear about his interest in succeeding Obama.
  • Blagojevich fundraiser held by Jackson allies Saturday

    12/12/2008 8:39:47 PM PST · by dreadnought321 · 18 replies · 701+ views
    www.chicagotribune.com ^ | December 12th. 2008 | David Kidwell, John Chase and Dan Mihalopoulos
    As Gov. Rod Blagojevich was trying to pick Illinois' next U.S. senator, businessmen with ties to both the governor and U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. discussed raising at least $1 million for Blagojevich's campaign as a way to encourage him to pick Jackson for the job, the Tribune has learned. Blagojevich made an appearance at an Oct. 31 luncheon meeting at the India House restaurant in Schaumburg sponsored by Oak Brook businessman Raghuveer Nayak, a major Blagojevich supporter who also has fundraising and business ties to the Jackson family, according to several attendees and public records. Two businessmen who attended...
  • Rahm Emanuel and Jesse Jackson Jr face new revelations in Governor Rod Blagojevich scandal

    12/12/2008 12:51:06 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 76 replies · 3,460+ views
    Times Online UK ^ | 12/12/08 | James Bone in Chicago
    Pressure grew on two of President-Elect Barack Obama's closest political aides today as new details emerged of the "pay-for-play" allegations against the governor of his home-state. Rahm Emanuel, Mr Obama's new chief of staff, and Jesse Jackson Jr, the co-chairman of his presidential campaign, both faced new revelations about their possible involvement in the scandal. Fox News Chicago reported that Mr Emanuel, a Chicago politician who won the Illinois governor's former Congressional seat, may have been captured on FBI wire-taps discussing the fate of Mr Obama's vacated US Senate seat with Gov Rod Blagojevich. The TV station said Mr Emanuel...
  • Report: Jackson Backers Sought Cash For Obama Post

    12/12/2008 6:11:12 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 66 replies · 2,208+ views
    Report: Jackson Backers Sought Cash For Obama Post CHICAGO (CBS) ― Businessmen with ties to both Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson discussed raising $1 million for Blagojevich to help persuade him to appoint Jackson to President-elect Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat, according to a published report. Citing unnamed sources, the Chicago Tribune reports in a story for Friday's editions that businessman Raghuveer Nayak and Blagojevich aide Rajinder Bedi told attendees at an Oct. 31 meeting that they needed to raise the money for the governor to ensure Jackson's appointment. "Raghu said he needed to raise a...
  • Dan Proft: Jesse Jackson Jr.'s Loss of Innocence

    12/12/2008 9:13:30 AM PST · by JulianaJohnson · 24 replies · 1,132+ views
    Urquhart Media, LLC ^ | Dec 12, 2008 | Dan Proft
    Is there nothing sadder than the loss of innocence? Some of us lose it upon learning there is no Santa Claus. For others it accompanies the death of a close friend or forlorn love. For 43-year-old Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr., aka "Senate Candidate 5", loss of innocence came earlier this week when he discovered that there is something called "pay-to-play" politics going on in Illinois. Watching his press conference on Wednesday was difficult. Something in me died that day as I watched a plucky, young, silly heart thrust in front of the callous media glare that had served him so...
  • Rev. Jesse Jackson: I Was No Emissary

    12/11/2008 5:49:39 PM PST · by advance_copy · 21 replies · 699+ views
    NBC Chicago ^ | 12/11/08
    The Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. issued a statement Thursday evening, denying he had anything to do with the Illinois governor's alleged pay-to-play scheme. Jackson Sr. is the father of U.S. Rep Jesse Jackson Jr., the man called "Candidate 5" in the U.S. attorney's complaint against Rod Blagojevich. "Our office has received calls today inquiring about or suggesting that I or a member of my family served as an emissary in Governor Blagojevich's "pay-to-play" scheme, revealed through wire-taps, to fill the state’s open Senate seat," Jackson Sr.'s statement read. " It is not true. Such speculation is unfair, has no basis...
  • Jesse Jackson Jr. “I haven’t Met With Rod Blagojevich in 4 years”..Problem is, video shows otherwise

    12/11/2008 2:38:30 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 21 replies · 1,250+ views
    puma08.com ^ | December 11, 2008 | PUMA Pundit
    The cookie continues to crumble… Barack Obama has chosen to surround himself with crooks and liars. It was just yesterday that Jesse Jackson Jr. soberly exclaimed that he had not met Rod Blagojevich in 4 years… I mean, that sounds odd considering the fact that Jesse is a member of the Illiniois delegation to the House of Reps, and Rod is the State governor and both come from the same party… Anyway, here’s a video taken in Denver (thanks Ace) during the Democratic National Convention in August which shows the two men not only being in the same vicinity, but...
  • THE JACKSON LEGACY

    12/11/2008 1:32:21 PM PST · by Turret Gunner A20 · 12 replies · 1,782+ views
    NEALZ NUZE ^ | December 11, 2008 | Neal Boortz
    I mean, what can you say, folks? Yesterday we found out that Jesse Jackson Jr. is "Senate Candidate 5" in the criminal complaint of Blagojevich. Senate Candidate 5 is the one that would be considered for the senate seat, but only if he could raise $1 million in campaign contributions for Blagojevich. So Jesse Jackson Jr. had a little press conference. He says that he hasn't done anything wrong. And maybe that is true. But will this be enough to ensure that he will NOT be the next Senator from Illinois. I will give Jesse Jr. credit for knowing that...
  • Candidate Number 5 Speaks: Jesse Jr may be First Blago Casualty

    12/11/2008 12:02:25 PM PST · by NorthShoreGibby · 6 replies · 811+ views
    The Policy Project ^ | 11 December 2008 | Patrick Gibson
    Jesse Jackson Jr came out swinging today, in an effort to distance himself from the growing scandal surrounding Barack Hussein Obama's Senate seat. Judging from the tone of Jr's press conference, I think it's safe to say that we'll be hearing a lot more about the filthy way the Chicago machine is run. The media is, of course, quick to point out that Obama isn't involved at all (yeah, right). (see video)
  • News Round-up on the Blagojevic -'OBAMA SCANDAL'

    12/11/2008 11:27:09 AM PST · by Righting · 19 replies · 922+ views
    Dec 2008
    Blagojevich scandal ensnares Obama, Jesse Jackson Jr. Kansas City Star, MO By Yael T. Abouhalkah, Kansas City Star Editorial Page columnist The scandal involving Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is spreading. ... http://voices.kansascity.com/node/3036Blagojevich Scandal Could Mean Trouble For Obama Team U.S. News & World Report, DC - Dec 10, 2008 ... ensnared in the scandal." The Wall Street Journal, meanwhile, reports Axelrod "lists Mr. Blagojevich on his firm's Web site as one of his clients, ... http://www.usnews.com/usnews/politics/bulletin/bulletin_081210.htmThe Blagojevich scandal http://clivecrook.theatlantic.com/archives/2008/12/the_blagojevich_scandal.phpUnion Linked to Corruption Scandal http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/12/us/politics/12union.html?ref=us
  • Caption "Candidate 5" (Jesse Jackson Jr.) during and after his press conference yesterday

    12/11/2008 4:42:11 AM PST · by redstates4ever · 19 replies · 791+ views
    Me ^ | 12/11/08 | Me
  • Howard Fineman: Obama Hermetically Sealed Off From Chicago Corruption

    12/11/2008 4:10:24 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 45 replies · 1,987+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | December 11, 2008 | P.J. Gladnick
    Corruption to the left of him. Corruption to the right of him. Corruption right in front of him. Yet in spite of all this, Howard Fineman of Newsweek maintains that Barack Obama has been somehow hermetically sealed off from Chicago corruption throughout his political career. Fineman is merely echoing the premise currently being promoted by much of the media in his Newsweek article about Illinois governor Rod Blagovech and Jesse Jackson, Jr.. Fineman starts out by hinting that Jesse Jackson, Jr. was corruptible (emphasis mine): What I know about the South Side of Chicago I know not from Barack Obama,...
  • Sobbing Jesse Jackson, Jr. Embraced Blagojevich at Surreal Hugfest Last August

    12/11/2008 7:27:34 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 25 replies · 1,701+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | December 11, 2008 | P.J. Gladnick
    We've already seen how the media is covering up for Barack Obama to the extent of removing any information on the web that would show he met with Rod Blagojevich recently as chronicled by NewsBusters editor Tom Blumer. And now we have evidence that Jesse Jackson, Jr. "misspoke" when he claimed yesterday that the meeting he had with Monday Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich was the first time the two had met in four years. It turns out that there is a video of a sobbing Jesse Jackson, Jr. embracing Blagojevich just last August at a breakfast of the Illinois delegation...
  • Candidate 5 Stumps for Senate Seat From Hot Seat

    12/11/2008 3:56:29 AM PST · by Nick Thimmesch · 16 replies · 692+ views
    WAPO ^ | 12-11-08 | Dana Milbank
    Move over, Client No. 9. The capital has a new man of mystery: Senate Candidate 5. Not since Eliot Spitzer did his business at the Mayflower Hotel has there been so much excitement over an unnamed person in a federal criminal case. Client 9 may have paid for sex, but Candidate 5 was willing to pay for a Senate seat -- or so claimed Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, according to the feds. The guessing game didn't last very long yesterday before Candidate 5 more or less outed himself. "I did not know the process had been corrupted," Rep. Jesse Jackson...
  • President-elect Obama News Conference--Live Thread

    12/11/2008 7:48:04 AM PST · by TornadoAlley3 · 399 replies · 17,413+ views
    12/11/08
    Fox news, other news channel, presser coming up.
  • Jackson denies Senate bribe [I am not a crook!]

    12/11/2008 2:26:53 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 16 replies · 783+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Thursday, December 11, 2008 | Christina Bellantoni and Ben Conery
    Rep. Jesse L. Jackson Jr. vehemently denied Wednesday trying to bribe Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich to name him to President-elect Barack Obama's old Senate seat, as Mr. Obama and all 50 members of the Senate Democratic caucus called on the embattled governor to resign. Mr. Jackson's attorney acknowledged that his client was the "Senate Candidate 5" mentioned 16 times in a 76-page affidavit laying out the FBI's corruption case against Mr. Blagojevich, but he said Mr. Jackson was not aware of anyone cutting deals on his behalf. The affidavit quotes Mr. Blagojevich telling one of his advisers that he...
  • (GOP Rep.)Kirk predicts Jackson indictment

    12/11/2008 12:35:11 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 79 replies · 2,203+ views
    The Politico ^ | December 10, 2008 | Josh Kraushaar
    Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) is talking tough in an appearance on FOX News this afternoon, telling the network that he believes Candidate #5 -- later revealed to be Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. -- "will be indicted." QUESTION: OK. So you say -- you say his career is history. But everyone wants to know what is going to happen to Barack Obama ’s Senate seat. He still has the ability to appoint that position. What -- what happens next? KIRK: He does. But if he makes any sort of emergency appointment, that person will be fatally flawed. I already suspect that...