December 16th, 2008
07:44 PM ET
4 years ago

Jackson, Jr. an informant to Blago investigations

Sources close to Rep. Jackson, Jr. told CNN Tuesday that the Illinois congressman has supplied information regarding Gov. Blagojevich to federal law enforcement officials since 2006.
Sources close to Rep. Jackson, Jr. told CNN Tuesday that the Illinois congressman has supplied information regarding Gov. Blagojevich to federal law enforcement officials since 2006.

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois (CNN) - Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. - who was cited in a criminal complaint against Rod Blagojevich - has been an informant for at least a decade with the U.S. Attorney's office, and has informed on the embattled governor of Illinois, though not in the case currently under investigation, Jackson spokesman Kenneth Edmonds told CNN Tuesday.

In addition, two sources close to Jackson told CNN that, in 2002, Blagojevich - then running for governor of Illinois - solicited a $25,000 campaign donation from Jackson, which he did not get.

At the time, Jackson's wife, Sandi, was a candidate for the job of director of the state's Lottery Commission, a post she did not win, the sources said.

After Blagojevich took office, in early 2003, he told Jackson something to the effect of, "You see what $25,000 would have done?" the sources said.

In 2006, Jackson reported the incident, which he believed to have been an attempt at a shakedown, the sources said.

The report, the sources said, came three three years later because Jackson's memory was jogged by another case - that of developer Tony Rezko, whose fraud and corruption trial included testimony about $25,000 donations to Blagojevich.

Jackson did not endorse Blagojevich in his initial campaign and tried to stay on the sidelines during the governor's re-election bid, one of the sources said.

Blagojevich's office did not return calls seeking comment.


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soundoff (312 Responses)
  1. a conscience mind

    Tough-guys! To hell with the jungle mentality, snitching on a friend is one thing which I detest, informing on a thug politician is not the same thing. Blago has only violated ethics rule as of now, he'll probably just get a slap on the wrist. Either way, he already had the fame, but that wasn't enough, he had to have the big-money too. I have no sympathy for politicians who use the system to achieve their greedy ambitions.

    December 16, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  2. J.C.

    Jesse Jr. must have had a hard time falling asleep at night.
    Honesty is still the best policy.

    December 16, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  3. Christopher

    It's obvious he is scared, which to me signifies his guilt.

    December 16, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  4. john from sandiego

    jesse jr. knows alot about shakedowns, his dad made a fortune out of them...

    December 16, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  5. Ernie in LA

    There is no way on Earth that Obama did not know about this and a whole lot more. His name is going to come up yet.

    December 16, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  6. TrueIndependent

    He was too desperate for the job.With desperation comes mis-step, and unfortunately, he does not get a second chance. Ce la vie.

    December 16, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  7. imer

    When are the scandals going to stick to media-made-Teflon Obama?

    Should not the media do due diligence?

    December 16, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  8. tramsa

    jack,

    I think the implication is that there have been multiple Blago investigations over the years.

    December 16, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  9. mike

    More than likely that Jr. could not raise enough money to meet Blowdryovich's senate bailout fund. The rest is cover up.

    December 16, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  10. Dianne

    I will wait on the entire investigation. I donot believe anyone is able to say much at this time. Silence does not add up to guilt. Abscam an other investigations and the people willing to talk is not a bad thing when someone is using their office to promote corruption.

    December 16, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  11. Rockford

    Oh this is rich...
    This is a way to cover up what he's about to do... INFORM
    Fitzpatrick's got him now... its all going to come out... nothing like a good scandal... Do it Jr.... burn em all! Cause based on what you're doing right now... I'm betting they have you nailed.

    December 16, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  12. Texas Teacher

    Hmmm... Daddy Jackson was "overheard" threatening PE Obama with bodily harm in connection with his democratic nomination. Now JJ jr. is in a bind over his political aspirations... we have an old saying here in Texas... "the fruit does not fall far from the tree."

    What a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.... wait a minute, was that it? Well, something like that.... I believe that Shakespeare had something brilliant to say in this regard! :)

    December 16, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  13. Larry

    Why did It take three years to come forward,and only after his memory was jogged ?? If someone tried to "shake me down" for $25,000.00 I would remember it,wouldn't you ??

    I was taught" not telling" the truth,is the same as lieing,if he had told the truth then,this would not be happening now !!

    December 16, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  14. Myron

    Jack: You have trouble reading.

    Directly from the story:

    " ... and has informed on the embattled governor of Illinois, though not in the case currently under investigation, Jackson spokesman Kenneth Edmonds told CNN Tuesday. ..."

    The story goes on to cite a case where Jackson says he told on the governor.

    Now, whether simply reporting a single time that someone did something wrong qualifies as being an "informant" - there's a question for debate.

    December 16, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  15. C Hunter Walker

    Jesse Jackson Jr. I believe is on the up and up. Unfortunately because he shares a name with his despicable father, folks have a hard time believing it. And yes we are just now hearing about it....uh..that's what being an INFORMANT means. It means that people don't KNOW that you are doing it!

    December 16, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  16. Pat Omaha, NE

    What ever happened to the presumption of innocent?!
    Why are people so anxious to accuse Mr. Jackson?
    Maybe this man-hunt let's them forget the financial troubles? the war?
    the destruction of our air and water?
    What a curious eruption of "surprise".......what's new?

    December 16, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  17. yellow dog democrat

    Politics -- it ain't over till its over! – One problem is the news media spills the beans before facts are laid out....that is the nature of the business.....that justifies their jobs. However, manic reporting and opinions are just that....the truth will come out - be patient....how many times does this stuff have to happen before we get it --?? - we are being played.

    December 16, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  18. Gerald Howard

    Isn't amazing how people seem to suddenly remember stuff when their memory is jogged by criminal acts. Why didn't he inform the authorties abck in 2002 and 2003 when it happened? If it wasn't important then, why now?

    December 16, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  19. hillwho

    Really ? Why is Mr Jackson so anxious to prove his innocent ? If we believe Blagojevich's word that Omaba has nothing to do with his mess, then why can't I also believe Blagojevich's word that Candidate #5 want to offer half a million for the Senate seat ? Looks like Democrate want to pick and choose what suit them ...

    December 16, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  20. Fritz

    His memory was jogged three years later by another event? is he serious?? Does he think we are idiots?? How can anyone forget this? Now unless he is put in this situation several times a day, how could he forget being solicited by a state governor? There is something very foul in the state of Illinois!

    December 16, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  21. No Hillary = No Obama

    Keep digging – there's more dirt to overturn. Jackson is done for. Informant? I bet alot of different people know alot of different things – including Obama – what does he know and what hasn't he divuleged or worse yet -

    December 16, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  22. Richard A. Spomer

    Jessie Jackson Jr. is just as guilty as Gov. Blagojevich for playing stupid when it comes to money and the Law.

    Even your wife and playing too be with the lottery commission, how dumb are you Jackson?

    December 16, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  23. rachel

    Where is my post? I think i will wait for the feds to tell me he was an informant before I listen to his people tell me he was an informant.

    December 16, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  24. Death & Truth

    No matter what happens the Republicans will always outnumber the Democrats in Corruption. The long list of corrupt Republicans include: Richard Nixon, Ted Stevens, Tom Delay, "Scooter" Libby, North Dakota Republicans, J. Edgar Hoover, Warren G. Harding and many more!

    December 16, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  25. J Williamson

    Why didn't the Feds go after Daddy Jackson – over his shake-down of various corporations over the years? It went something like this: It's come to "our" attention that you're insensitive to the needs/wants/aspirations of Black people. Now give us x amount of dollars and we'll consider you "cured." Otherwise there will be some measures taken....

    December 16, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
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