December 16th, 2008
07:44 PM ET
5 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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  1. Sherrol in Canada

    What if Rhambo is one also? That would answer alot of questions, don't you think?

    December 16, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  2. wesley

    lie. this guy is done for... nobody even asked him to clear his name. we were all thinking whether obama was at fault here and here comes mr. nobody jackson babbling about some garbage. its obvious now. he must be guilty of something.

    December 16, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  3. Walt, Belton,TX

    A Jesse Jackson, Jr or whatever, an informant, a squealer on his fellow democrats, a pure goodness and honest broker? Shoot, after this election, I'd believe Al Sharpton was an undercover bishop for the Roman Catholic Church, New York branch!

    December 16, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  4. Capital Peach

    Well would you look at that? The media really needs to settle down and wait until they get things confirmed before they ruin people's lives.

    December 16, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  5. BarryM

    $25K woiuld have landed you in Prison.. See what $25K kept you from getting?

    December 16, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  6. Joe Green

    Good For Jesse Jr. for not falling for the old school politics.

    December 16, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  7. Lisa

    I hope this is true.

    December 16, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  8. gwendolyn

    Thanks to Jackson for being the kind of representive for the people of Illinoise, which I think many states like SC could use.
    Its nice to know, the people who represent us is honest. Our US Attorney's office should really be investigating all states on this kind of corruption.

    December 16, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  9. Jonathan Burton

    Way to go Jesse!
    The corruption runs thick in our nation's governments. And we need people like you stepping up to the challenge of exposing its ugly head!
    Good for you!

    December 16, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  10. Tulsa Independent

    I hope and pray that this is true. I have always thought of Mr. Jesse Jackson Jr. as a beacon of hope and light in the politics of Chicago. I applaud his smartness and his integrity if this is true.
    Perhaps he should fill Obama's vacant seat.

    December 16, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  11. Kim

    All of this intrigue!!! I need to go into politics. This is so exciting. Truthfully, I am glad that he is not necessarily a bad guy in this. However, nobody likes a snitch, especially on the street corners and in politics, both of which Chicago has plenty of. Gotta ask though, is he a snitch to protect himself from past prosecutions or because he was angry a Blago.

    December 16, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  12. carol

    I would rather wait for the procecutor finish their job because it is hard to believe our media today!!

    December 16, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  13. Soldier 4 OBAMA

    Integrity we CAN BELIEVE IN. Where is the irresponsible journalist and reporters on the MSM who went after him trying to discredit his name? Obviously this is the CHANGE WE NEED! He will be do great things for Illinois!

    December 16, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  14. Kim

    Wow, I am really sick of poitics and politicians....but I guess that's the way it is in the good ole US of A.....

    December 16, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  15. franniemae

    ahhh... so there's the rest of the story. hmmm.
    Could Jesse Jr. actually be an honest politician?

    December 16, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  16. Rickymo

    He could then be one of the good guys in Illinois politics...

    December 16, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  17. Todd

    This man will do anything for office – Ughhhh GO AWAY!!!

    December 16, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  18. just because

    that is his story and he is sticking to it, pleading he is Mr. Clean!!!

    December 16, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  19. California Gold

    Other news reports state the Governor of Illinois has been the subject of ongoing investigations for this type of activity. Now may be when all of these "incidents" are dots that will be connected, much to his dismay. Of course he will go down claiming he is innocent of all charges and when that fails he will be crying for forgiveness. Trouble I have with Jackson is his TV interview wasn't convincing. Too contrived.

    December 16, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  20. Danielle- Indianapolis

    Bitter Sweet:o)

    December 16, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  21. Obama4me

    My Kudos to Jesse Jackson Jr. for standing on the right side of the law. Surely, he deserves the senatorial seat for his honesty and candor.

    December 16, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  22. DX in TX

    I can only imagine what it is like to swim with Sharks and not get eaten! Mr. Jackson you did the right thing.
    God bless you
    Dx

    December 16, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  23. Jen

    Jesse, that story should clean yr name

    December 16, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  24. Chris

    I love this...We are kinda of like in a mafia world now.
    Chris, Maryland

    December 16, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  25. LYNETTE IN CA

    WOW! I guess Jackson was smart to stay away from Blagojevich!!! Everyone should have!!

    December 16, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
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