Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Told the Feds About Illinois’ Governor

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Told the Feds About Illinois’ Governor

Published December 30, 2008

Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has been a government informant, spilling the beans on Illinois’ embattled governor and other miscreant politicians for years, The New York Post reported Tuesday.

The newspaper said that a Jackson spokesman, Kenneth Edmonds, acknowledged that Jackson had spoken to the Feds about Gov. Rod Blagojevich and others.

Blagojevich is now under investigation for allegedly trying to sell Obama’s vacated U.S. Senate seat to the highest bidder.

Chicago's WLS-TV reported that Jackson Jr., the son of the famed civil rights leader of the same name, told investigators that Blagojevich refused to make Jackson's wife director of the state lottery because Jackson would not pledge $25,000 to the governor's campaign fund.

"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,'" a source told The Associated Press.

Jackson doesn’t deny meeting with Blagojevich about his interest in Obama's Senate seat one day before the governor was arrested on federal corruption charges.

Written by BET.com Staff & Wire Services

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