Fundraiser: Jesse Jackson Jr offered Blagojevich millions for Obama’s Senate seat

posted at 6:44 pm on September 21, 2010 by Allahpundit

This would be the same Jesse Jackson Jr who was first identified almost two years ago in connection with pay for play vis-a-vis the appointment. A direct quote from the time: “It is impossible for someone on my behalf to have a conversation that would suggest any type of quid pro quo or any payments or offers. An impossiblity to an absolute certainty.” Not only that, but he then turned around and insisted — unconvincingly — that he was actually an informant in the case helping the feds to stamp out corruption. Now this.

Oh, before I forget — he was also co-chair of Obama’s national presidential campaign. Something to bear in mind in case this story breaks wide open and the White House suddenly can’t remember his name.

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…

Before he dined with Huidobro and Jackson on Oct. 8, 2008, Nayak said he had a critical conversation with the congressman about the seat while the two were alone. Nayak, also a former Blagojevich fund-raiser, said that Jackson asked him to tell Blagojevich that if the then-governor appointed Jackson to the U.S. Senate, Chicago’s Indian community would raise $1 million for Blagojevich and — after Jackson was appointed — Jackson would raise $5 million for the then-governor…

Jackson has not been charged with any crime. Nor has Nayak, who contributed $12,000 to Jackson’s congressional campaign between 2001 and 2006. Nayak faces his own federal scrutiny, including a current IRS inquiry involving his business dealings with state official and fund-raiser Rajinder Bedi.

We already knew about a fundraising scheme to buy the seat, but to my knowledge, this is the first time anyone involved has directly implicated Jackson. Still not juicy enough for you? Well, there’s a sexual subplot here too: Apparently Nayak was also Jackson’s errand boy in arranging flights to Chicago at Jackson’s request for a former model turned “social acquaintance” of Triple-J’s. When asked to comment on it by NBC Chicago, he offered this:

“The reference to a social acquaintance is a personal and private matter between me and my wife that was handled some time ago.” Jackson Jr. said in a statement. “I ask that you respect our privacy.”

Exit question: This won’t hurt his mayoral bid, will it? Remember which city we’re talking about here.


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for a former model turned “social acquaintance”

More like sugar baby…

ninjapirate on September 21, 2010 at 6:47 PM

I have a dream that one day all democrats will be judged by the content of their corruption.

SouthernGent on September 21, 2010 at 6:47 PM

The last embers of the fried civil rights movement and a warning for the Tea Parties:

“Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket.”
— Eric Hoffer (The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements)

rickyricardo on September 21, 2010 at 6:48 PM

He was just a guy who lived down the street from Obama, that’s all.

WordsMatter on September 21, 2010 at 6:48 PM

This will be buried by the MMS.

ColumbusConservative on September 21, 2010 at 6:49 PM

“I ask that you respect our privacy.”

In chicago politics!?

the_nile on September 21, 2010 at 6:49 PM

oops …. MSM

ColumbusConservative on September 21, 2010 at 6:49 PM

He figured he’d more than make up for that amount of cash once he got into the Senate!

honsy on September 21, 2010 at 6:50 PM

JJ’s mistress:

Muy buena!!

rickyricardo on September 21, 2010 at 6:50 PM

I need to find that old Photoshop of Jesse’s dad which said “It was my duty to please that booty!”

teke184 on September 21, 2010 at 6:50 PM

Exit question: This won’t hurt his mayoral bid, will it? Remember which city we’re talking about here.

Aww, you think we still have elections here, don’t you!

ReformedAndDangerous on September 21, 2010 at 6:50 PM

Blago wasn’t the only one who said this of Jesse Jr. all along.

maverick muse on September 21, 2010 at 6:51 PM

Plus, toss in a hot blonde for good measure.

Akzed on September 21, 2010 at 6:51 PM

Keeping Obama’s involvement out of the news requires sacrifices like Jr.

maverick muse on September 21, 2010 at 6:52 PM

Just politics as usual-

Crr or any other dupe on September 21, 2010 at 6:50 PM

/

CWforFreedom on September 21, 2010 at 6:52 PM

btw ot
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad threatened the US today that if Iran’s nuclear facilities are attacked, Iran would fight a war that “would know no boundaries.”

maverick muse on September 21, 2010 at 6:52 PM

I have a dream that one day all democrats will be judged by the content of their corruption.

SouthernGent on September 21, 2010 at 6:47 PM

Excellent! Now that would be a great billboard!

Josiah on September 21, 2010 at 6:52 PM

Rahm Emanuel is running for Mayor of Chicago, too, no?

Just sayin’.

SlaveDog on September 21, 2010 at 6:53 PM

Exit question: This won’t hurt his mayoral bid, will it?

Bid? How about a multi-million dollar hot seat.

upinak on September 21, 2010 at 6:53 PM

I drive a bus. He’s welcome under it. Actually, it’s probably already been done.

wccawa on September 21, 2010 at 6:53 PM

SouthernGent on September 21, 2010 at 6:47 PM

Yes, that’s good.

/Coons is being judged by the content of his TAXATION.

maverick muse on September 21, 2010 at 6:54 PM

Je$$e Jr. was vacationing in a private villa at the same time that Michelle O had to have her critical vacation. Just saying…

onlineanalyst on September 21, 2010 at 6:55 PM

Rahm Emanuel is running for Mayor of Chicago, too, no?

Just sayin’.

SlaveDog on September 21, 2010 at 6:53 PM

So that`s why I saw Rahm walking by giving a wink and a nod while carry a horse`s head.

ThePrez on September 21, 2010 at 6:55 PM

Rahm or Triple J for mayor..What a choice..

Dire Straits on September 21, 2010 at 6:55 PM

Like Father, Like Son.

teacherman on September 21, 2010 at 6:55 PM

“The reference to a social acquaintance is a personal and private matter between me and my wife that was handled some time ago.” Jackson Jr. said in a statement. “I ask that you respect our privacy.”

Ménage à trois?

nwpammy on September 21, 2010 at 6:55 PM

Jackson and his pigment pimp papa can move to Anywherebuthere, World.

Mojave Mark on September 21, 2010 at 6:56 PM

Of course, Rahm wouldn’t have anything to do with this story.

Nah.

SlaveDog on September 21, 2010 at 6:57 PM

The man running against Jackson is Issac Hayes. The Democrat party has done terrible damage to generations of Chicago South-siders. Have a look at supporting Hayes:

http://www.isaac4honesty.com/

visions on September 21, 2010 at 6:58 PM

Erm…that was the vacation in Spain.

onlineanalyst on September 21, 2010 at 6:58 PM

What mayoral bid? If any of this is true, shouldn’t he be deciding how to pay off the prison for a primo cell right about now?

capejasmine on September 21, 2010 at 6:59 PM

2 observations here from out hear in da sticks:

Aint this Jackson feller the one that wanted to cut off the n**s of the DOTUS? (or was that older Daddy Race baiter)?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cML1ZVmRN9A

Idn’t dis kinda wat you calls “uh Race-ist schmear”?

PappyD61 on September 21, 2010 at 7:00 PM

This is gonna be going to the msm with the race thing asap. The shade of ones skin makes things ok. Point in fact, the black caucus in all these little darlings who have lots and lots of problems?
L

letget on September 21, 2010 at 7:00 PM

Apple/Tree.
Sure sounds like JJJr would make a terrific mayor.

ORconservative on September 21, 2010 at 7:04 PM

To think that Øbama rose to power out of Chicago’s political sewer, yet somehow emerged spotless without the stink, requires a “willing suspension of disbelief.”

petefrt on September 21, 2010 at 7:05 PM

$6 million for a senate seat. Scary.

LASue on September 21, 2010 at 7:05 PM

Please, please, please… Let J3 have met the “social acquaintence” through Tiger Woods. That’s all that is missing here!

VastRightWingConspirator on September 21, 2010 at 7:06 PM

This earns him a spot in the Congressional Black Caucus Hall of Fame, doesn’t it?

Cicero43 on September 21, 2010 at 7:06 PM

Is Mr. Jackson another member of the esteemed CBC? Anyway, your girlfriend looks hot for a White woman. Good taste Sir, although a bit awkward in some precincts. Do African American female voters care?

Mason on September 21, 2010 at 7:06 PM

Where did he get the millions? Is this now a crime family?

Blake on September 21, 2010 at 7:09 PM

Exit question: This won’t hurt his mayoral bid, will it? Remember which city we’re talking about here.

Hurt? In Chicago this is a resume enhancement.

rbj on September 21, 2010 at 7:10 PM

THERE’S A BIKINI PHOTO!!

Of the cocktail waitress. Stacy McCain has it and will be breaking it shortly.

This is gonna be great guys. Think Mark Foley scandal 2006 proportions. You think we were gonna win the House and Senate big before? Ha! 100 seats in the House now, 12 seat pick-up on Senate side easy.

ericdondero on September 21, 2010 at 7:10 PM

Exit question: This won’t hurt his mayoral bid, will it? Remember which city we’re talking about here.

If anything it just boosted his chances of winning. Chicago loves their crooks.

ButterflyDragon on September 21, 2010 at 7:11 PM

VRWC – Yeah, definitely a bottle girl, but I’d like to think Tiger has better taste. This one’s not all that.

As for the money – it’s entirely to be expected in Chicago, but it’s also why you don’t elect anyone from Chicago to offices like, say, the Presidency.

JEM on September 21, 2010 at 7:11 PM

ericdondero – there’s a whole site of ‘em, they’re linked off some page that Ace linked, but their poor server’s been beaten like a congressional Democrat today. Lots of MySQL errors. You’ll get through eventually.

Body’s not bad but the face is ready for the certified-preowned program.

JEM on September 21, 2010 at 7:13 PM

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.

Once upon a time in America, that type of shizzat was illegal…..ahhhh, nostalgia….

ted c on September 21, 2010 at 7:14 PM

Jackson Junior is the one CBC punk I’d like to see end up in jail the most.

OxyCon on September 21, 2010 at 7:15 PM

Hey guys= just google her. Her facebook page is down, but her modeling photos are everywhere.

LASue on September 21, 2010 at 7:16 PM

Let us not forget that Michelle Obama and Jesse Jr were in Spain, in the same area, at the same time.

journeyintothewhirlwind on September 21, 2010 at 7:16 PM

“The reference to a social acquaintance is a personal and private matter between me and my wife that was handled some time ago.” Jackson Jr. said in a statement. “I ask that you respect our privacy.”

heh. He was tappin’ it. The tappee in question is h/a/w/t too….

ted c on September 21, 2010 at 7:16 PM

hey?!!? ain’t his daddy a Reverend or something?

ted c on September 21, 2010 at 7:18 PM

Like Father, Like Son.

teacherman on September 21, 2010 at 6:55 PM


Mini Justice Brother
.

petefrt on September 21, 2010 at 7:18 PM

I have a dream that one day all democrats will be judged by the content of their corruption.

SouthernGent on September 21, 2010 at 6:47 PM

Until they lose control of academia (where all of the “historians” emerge from) and the mass media, your dream will be a long-recurring one.

Del Dolemonte on September 21, 2010 at 7:18 PM

ah, how nice. Another Jackson awakens from the slime pit. Chicago’s native viper son.

jbh45 on September 21, 2010 at 7:22 PM

But, hey, he talks real good and is clean – j biden.

jbh45 on September 21, 2010 at 7:25 PM

Exit question: This won’t hurt his mayoral bid, will it? Remember which city we’re talking about here.

Nope! Sauce for the gander, baby! ‘Cause in bizarro world, slimy criminality is a resume enhancer, whereas stupid high school indiscretions and off-handed comments that have nothing to do with politics makes you unelectable!

You go, JJ! Stupid jackasses are waiting to elect you!

somewhatconcerned on September 21, 2010 at 7:26 PM

You need to correct spelling: It’s a Fundraiser if it is in support of a liberal or a democrat. It is a Fundracist if it criticizes or exposes the liberal or democrat.

In this case, the headline should be “Fundracist

Key West Reader on September 21, 2010 at 7:30 PM

Hey, this is a big f***in’ deal!

/someone had to say it

Mary in LA on September 21, 2010 at 7:30 PM

She ain’t bad.

JammieWearingFool on September 21, 2010 at 7:30 PM

JJ’s mistress:

Muy buena!!

rickyricardo on September 21, 2010 at 6:50 PM

Meh. Perhaps now that she’ll be famous she can buy some implants. She needs them.

ButterflyDragon on September 21, 2010 at 7:31 PM

I have a dream that one day all democrats will be judged by the content of their corruption.

SouthernGent on September 21, 2010 at 6:47 PM

Can we add into that their RINO facilitators as well. The attitude of all these elitist politicians has been that the laws do not apply to them, that needs to change.

bluemarlin on September 21, 2010 at 7:31 PM

“The reference to a social acquaintance is a personal and private matter between me and my wife that was handled some time ago.” Jackson Jr. said in a statement. “I ask that you respect our privacy.”

Really? REALLY? How much you want to bet the dates of the trips match up with some questionable expenses in his campaign fund reimbursements?

Dusty on September 21, 2010 at 7:32 PM

Exit question: This won’t hurt his mayoral bid, will it? Remember which city we’re talking about here.

It certainly didn’t hurt Villaraigosa.

The Ugly American on September 21, 2010 at 7:36 PM

“I ask that you respect our privacy.”

NO!

azkenreid on September 21, 2010 at 7:36 PM

$6 million for a senate seat. Scary.

McRinocain spent $21 million here. That’s scarier.

jbinnout on September 21, 2010 at 7:42 PM

Give Jesse Jackson Jr a break he was just engaging in African-American relations as a show of bi-partisanship.

Nothing to see here.

/s

F15Mech on September 21, 2010 at 7:47 PM

Everything Jr learned, he learned from his Daddy, “Shakedown” Jackson, Sr.

GarandFan on September 21, 2010 at 7:55 PM

Jesse’s girl…lol

d1carter on September 21, 2010 at 7:56 PM

Thank goodness he wasn’t involved in heavy duty corruption like that Republican Scooter Libby who couldn’t remember who he talked to about a CIA chick after she appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair.

Because THAT would be beyond the pale.

Lily on September 21, 2010 at 7:59 PM

Apparently the apple doesn’t fall far from Daddy’s tree!!

Does this make JJ Jr the Tiger Woods of Congress? I’m just asking…

Khun Joe on September 21, 2010 at 8:08 PM

Exit question: This won’t hurt his mayoral bid, will it? Remember which city we’re talking about here.

If there’s a shred of justice left in the world he’ll be ‘elected’ as mayor of this fine city. His dad can be treasurer.

BigWyo on September 21, 2010 at 8:15 PM

Okay. Let’s recap. The Governor of IL was a terribly corrupt goofball who is going to be re-tried next year. The real estate developer who helped Obama buy a house got sent to jail last year. Jesse Jackson Jr. and a few other people were involved in the bidding on Obama’s vacant senate seat, and we know that Jr. followed in his father’s footsteps by straying outside his marriage. We also know that Jesse Jr. found the attractive, blonde Italian model amusing enough to have flown her around on someone else’s tab – raising the specter of still more corruption.

Gosh, the Dems can’t seem to catch a break here. The ugliness of Chicago politics is raising its head at just the time that most people are starting to pay attention to the midterm elections. lovely…

Jill1066 on September 21, 2010 at 8:29 PM

Jackson: “I ask that you respect our privacy.”

If only that worked for Republicans as well as it works for democratics.

slickwillie2001 on September 21, 2010 at 8:48 PM

He should have called me. I’d have sold him Obama’s seat for $19.95.

jimmy2shoes on September 21, 2010 at 8:56 PM

At least Rahm didn’t send him any dead fish.

faraway on September 21, 2010 at 9:01 PM

Is Triple-J dabbling with some Double-Ds?

azkag on September 21, 2010 at 9:29 PM

The last embers of the fried civil rights movement and a warning for the Tea Parties:

rickyricardo on September 21, 2010 at 6:48 PM

I have no idea what Jesse Jr. ever had to do with the civil rights movement…

chewydog on September 21, 2010 at 9:30 PM

And of course all we hear are crickets from the MSM, but when we do I’m sure the racist card will be played.

scalleywag on September 21, 2010 at 9:31 PM

VRWC – Yeah, definitely a bottle girl, but I’d like to think Tiger has better taste. This one’s not all that.

As for the money – it’s entirely to be expected in Chicago, but it’s also why you don’t elect anyone from Chicago to offices like, say, the Presidency.

JEM on September 21, 2010 at 7:11 PM

Please; Tiger’s girlfriends were skanks, hookers and too-quickly aging porn stars. The media showed deference to Tiger in not simply labeling them prostitutes. Gatewaypundit has bikini pictures, she looks comparable to Tiger’s wife.

That’s not to say Jesse’s wasn’t in it for the money too. So was Tiger’s wife for that matter. Look at these guys, Brad Pitt they’re not.

slickwillie2001 on September 21, 2010 at 9:32 PM

At least Rahm didn’t send him any dead fish.

faraway on September 21, 2010 at 9:01 PM

At least Rahm didn’t send him any dead fish, yet.

FIFY!

belad on September 21, 2010 at 9:33 PM

“Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket.”
— Eric Hoffer (The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements)

rickyricardo on September 21, 2010 at 6:48 PM

That’s depressingly true.

petunia on September 21, 2010 at 9:50 PM

Gee, wonder where JJJ got his millions. Wouldn’t be government grants to Operation Push would it/ /s

Hummer53 on September 21, 2010 at 9:56 PM

I live in that idiot’s district.
Maybe just maybe this will give Isaac Hayes a fighting chance!

annoyinglittletwerp on September 21, 2010 at 10:14 PM

Exit question: This won’t hurt his mayoral bid, will it?

Chicago, the city that ever creeps.

Jaibones on September 22, 2010 at 12:04 AM

Like father, like son

Bevan on September 22, 2010 at 5:23 AM

Somethings never change do they.(prolonged sigh)

jeanie on September 22, 2010 at 10:25 AM

Oh, before I forget — he was also co-chair of Obama’s national presidential campaign. Something to bear in mind in case this story breaks wide open and the White House suddenly can’t remember his name.

This story won’t break wide open…this is Chicago, and JJJ is a black Democrat. Shhhhh! Now, if this had been a Republican, he’d be under a bus in Peoria!

The White House will remember his name, for a Presidential pardon!

Steve Z on September 22, 2010 at 10:51 AM

Nothing to see here. Lets move on and get back to the witchcraft discussion………

steelman on September 22, 2010 at 10:57 AM

I have a dream that one day all democrats will be judged by the content of their corruption.

SouthernGent on September 21, 2010 at 6:47 PM

Love it! Hope you don’t mind if I use it.

jpmn on September 22, 2010 at 11:59 AM

Yeah, corruption….whatever…..but did he dabble in witchcraft? (or is it warlockery?)

olesparkie on September 22, 2010 at 1:56 PM