CNN has a fascinating new report on the turbulent history between Jesse Jackson Jr. and Rod Blagojevich. Jackson Jr.’s aides said Tuesday that while the congressman has talked to the U.S. attorney’s office about Blago, Jackson was not an “informant” and his discussions had nothing to do with the current case of selling Obama’s Senate seat. Well, CNN has the details: It turns out that in 2002, during his first gubernatorial campaign, Blagojevich asked Jackson for a $25,000 donation. Jackson refused, and his wife, Sandi, lost out on a job as director of the Illinois Lottery Commission. According to CNN’s account, Blago later told Jackson something like, “You see what $25,000 would have done?” Jackson went to the feds.
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