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. Judy

    Wow, a rat. Not fit for his father's shoes.

    December 16, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  2. DoMaNo

    Actually, the heading is correct – he did state he was an informant to Blago investigation, just not the currect investigation. Remember, the Feds have been watching Hot Rod for many years.

    But, for Jackson, Jr., this is a far stretch that he's not involved in the recent investigation on Blago. There is probably communication that will bring him down and he wants to spread the word that it was part of his informant responsibilities, that he knew he was being taped. HA HA – he will be without a job soon, but not until daddy comes a running and tries to save him.

    December 16, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  3. Humphrey from Chicago

    Whatever! Jr sure made up for it in that fundraiser two weeks ago.

    December 16, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  4. CIE

    Like father; Like son..........Nice try Jesse but you've been caught.

    December 16, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  5. victoria

    So, Jr.'s been a snitch since 1998? Against Blago? and others? A snitch? In Chicago politics? And he's admitting it publically? What? Does he think the Chicago Mob and Political machine is dead and therefore he's now safe from retaliatio? A crooked politician is one thing...but a snitch too? Who in their right mind is going to vote for a rat? His career is OVER. I wouldn't hire him to be the town dog catcher...he' probably throw the poor pooches under the bus-literally and figurtively

    December 16, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  6. Phil

    Dave your an idiot. Could this be pay back by the Gov. by saying he was willing to pay for the seat??

    December 16, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  7. SarahL

    Why wouldnt the US Attorney's office say he was not implicated in the case then? Why let his name be brought out as someone under investigation? How stupid do you guys think we really are??

    December 16, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  8. LONNIE

    Oh oh!! Here comes the race card defense.

    December 16, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  9. Mike in NYC

    The scion of a civil rights "icon" working for the Feds. This is why I don't read fiction - reality is far more, well, "real."

    The racial shakedown field isn't as lucrative as it used to be, so maybe he was able to make more working for the Man.

    December 16, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  10. Jaik WIllis

    Maybe the commentors should read the articles and stop making attacks against the perceived enemies in their imagination. All of you were right there the whole time weren't you ? You know all of the facts without facts. And right where the WMD are in Iraq I'm sure. Stop leaping to conclusions while facts are coming to light still. JJ Jr hasn't been found to be tainted by any of Blago's slime, you are just trying to hate a man for his name. The information is showing that JJ Jr was not willing to cooperate with Blago. Withhold judgment you little omniscient commentors, if you are really Nostradamus go play the lottery, the lottery JJ Jr wouldn't pay for.

    December 16, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  11. Diane M of Los Angeles, CA

    I'm glad to see that Jackson Jr was an informant. As a Black man and politician, he knows he is under the microscope and has to work within the congressional rule. Jackson Jr. has seen countless black politicans fall for the government entrapments of fraud and payolas, and he's made an ethical choice to be above it all. And the same for Obama.

    Unfortunately, the naysayers can't accept that there is a new breed of politicians.

    December 16, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  12. Debby

    What a turncoat to save his hide.

    December 16, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  13. White Trash

    White trash can't be reasoned with. They'd complain, if Jackson helped law enforcement. They'd also complain, if Jackson didn't help law enforcement. White trash should just shut their mouths.

    December 16, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  14. Polly

    I have a feeling the lies are just beginning.

    December 16, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  15. TjayeInLA

    Wow! Talk about double standard. Because he is Jesse Jackson JR....he is GUILTY until proven innocent. The article says the FEDS state he has been an informant and the title does NOT say he was informant on this case, it says he was an informant on Blagojevich. So, if he had something to do with the pay to play, he is a bad guy; if he had something to do with informing on him, he is a bad guy.

    Looks to me like some of you are biased because you have an issue with his father.

    Any idiot knows he won't be able to be a Senator now that he's marked as an informant. Who would feel comfortable dealing with him after this? So maybe its come out because he'd rather be known as an informant and NOT become US Senator than to have his name go down as someone willing to bribe. He likely helped catch a criminal politician and you people are STILL dogging him.

    December 16, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  16. Brian

    I'm pretty sure as an informant, you're not really supposed to speak about being an informant. Not to mention for his own safety, it was probably something he didn't want to have come out. Hence the reason why he himself hasn't said anything about it. READ the article. He hasn't contradicted himself. It's basically the same as being an undercover officer. You'd be a fool to have criminals believe you were anything but what you say you are.

    December 16, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  17. anybody anywhere

    This dude is toast. He's gonna try to get a deal in an effort to put away the governor. Can we keep the governor and get rid of both Jacksons?

    December 16, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  18. Dori

    All sorts of "testing" being done of all sorts of Democrats these daze...Is anybody REALLY surprised at all?

    December 16, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  19. An Independent Hillary

    The plot thickens...

    December 16, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  20. catmom

    I believe the article stated that Jackson was an informant in other cases but not this one. It also stated he became an informant after he wouldn't pay $25, 000 for his wife to get the job of Lottery Commissioner, a job she didn't get mind you. I don't suppose any of you commenter's so far would like to give him the benefit of the doubt, he's just guilty because he is Jessie Jackson, Jr., from Chicago, typical politician ... whatever.

    December 16, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  21. Mike Rodriguez of New York

    Jesse Jackson Jr. is not a criminal informant as the story insinuates. He is an elected official who saw wrongful conduct being performed by governor Rod Blagojevich, and did what every citizen should do, inform the proper authorities. To paint Jackson in a negative light after the fact is both wrong and in extreme poor taste by this reporter. I am happy to see and praise a man that seems to be above the present day conduct of most politicians.

    December 16, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  22. jackal

    Did anyone actually read the article? He hasn't lied or contradicted himself. His informant actions didn't have to do with the case currently being made against Governor Blagojevich.

    December 16, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  23. MH from STL

    Jack December 16th, 2008 7:13 pm ET

    The title does not contradict itself because it says "investigations" being plural as in this is not the only cae that Blagojevic has had with the same 'pay to play' behind the doors dealings. With that being said, still it is hard to trust these politicians.

    December 16, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  24. Totoro

    It would be very easy to look at Jackson Jr. in light of his father, but there is at least one important difference between him and the shadow senator, Jackson Jr. actually took on the Stroger family, so credit where credit is due, and I'll reserve judgement on this guy until the facts come out and the cases are heard in court.

    December 16, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  25. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    PEOPLE YOU NEED TO THINK ABOUT THE CHARGES SURROUNDING BLAGO AND JESSE JACKSON, JR. AIN'T IT. YOU ARE ALL LOOKING IN THE WRONG DIRECTION. THINK ABOUT WHO WOULD BUY THE SENATE POSITION WHICH A DEMOCRAT WOULD WIN ANYWAY. IF YOU THINK YOU'D KNOW IT MOST LIKELY IS A REPUBLICAN. DON'T SAY I DIDN'T GIVE YOU A HEADS UP. THINK ABOUT IT.

    December 16, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
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