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. President Obama

    And why would they reveal this information? I would think it is confidential.

    December 16, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  2. Big Bill from Brooklyn

    Jackson a Rat. I guess the apple does not fall far from the tree.

    December 16, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  3. Charles Mukuka

    "Trust" is a very tricky word especially in American – business or political systems. Back-biting is as common as breathing air and people have come to accept this system as normal. All work places are full of informats and the sooner people wake up and cover their backs, this will keep on going on. I think this comes from a lack of confidence and the desire to get to the top regardless of level of knowledge, skill, etc.

    December 16, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  4. rm

    I knew it!!!! I am usually a good judge of character. JJ jr. is a good guy. I hope the media gives this part of the story as much attention as they did when they were trying to ruin his career....

    December 16, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  5. Jackson

    He is a preacher's son, and should know a lot about the politics in Chicago, and the great state of Illinois. Wait until he writes his memoir. It is American destiny.

    December 16, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  6. Donald

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 16, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  7. Oklahoma guy

    Good Boy!

    December 16, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  8. Military Woman

    And the public wants to screw over him for this?

    For being honest and wanting an ethical government?

    C'mon, dummies. Get past the melanin and look at who will best serve the people! Half of you did it once for our new PE. Perhaps your intelligence quota has not be depleted yet.

    December 16, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  9. Paul

    Like father like son. Why work when you can make a career from living off the public dole. Anything for a buck, even your honor.

    December 16, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  10. Dadi

    It seems that Jackson is clean!

    December 16, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  11. California Girl

    Is this good or bad for Jesse Jr?

    December 16, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  12. Soccer Nana

    That's probably why delusional Blagojevich implicated him so much in the telephone conversations, which he KNEW were being taped. Blagojevich is trying to bring down innocent people with his corrupt behind.

    December 16, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  13. Jen

    WOW! Most definitely didn't see this one coming.

    December 16, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  14. Anthony Smith

    Many will call him a snitch. Instead of serving the people, he was serving the government for personal gain. He has as much integrity as his father!!!

    Wildwood Crest, NJ

    December 16, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  15. mary, VA

    no comment

    December 16, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  16. sunshine

    WHAT??

    December 16, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  17. Mike

    So this is interesting. Jesse Jr. has been a snitch for ten plus years...

    December 16, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  18. franniemae

    OMG i don't think some of his constituents are going to be happy to hear he's a rat. (not that I object to it) I wonder what the U.S. attorney's office had on him.

    December 16, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  19. MT

    This is so lame, why even waste real estate on this non-story!

    "Jackson has not served as an informant in the current investigation into Blagojevich."

    December 16, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  20. Alan

    Man and we thought Bush and his cronies were corrupt. These guys are selling their own people out. It makes you wonder what we are in for the next four years. Has Madonna and Michael Moore misled us?? I'm shocked that their judgement could be so wrong.

    December 16, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  21. WOW - Irving, TX and Women for Obama

    WOW! Interesting....

    December 16, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  22. john

    so what.. it was serving his duty as a american.

    December 16, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  23. Tylenol 666

    Interesting New Revelation,, I think his Dad and him Have / Had a hidden Agenda,,,

    if it walks like a duck ,, "u know the rest" :)

    December 16, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  24. N. S. Huntsville, Al

    WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON?

    December 16, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  25. Douglas

    hmm... informant then and not now? makes me wonder

    December 16, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
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