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

Jackson, Jr. an informant to Blago investigations

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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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    December 16, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  2. Mushareef Absuluto

    Jesse's boy a snitch

    December 16, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  3. Son of a Hustler

    A true statesman would have proactively reported wrongdoings to authorities. Once you've been caught, it don't count.

    December 16, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  4. M Patterson

    Hooray!!!!!!! I really hope this is true. The fact that a politician willingly aided in the investigation of a corrupt politician should be music to the ears of registered voters everywhere in America. I have just one question. Is Rep J. Jackson Jr. aiding in the investigation to simply help uncover corruption in politics, or is the help he is giving the Justice Dept. in return for overlooking some offense of his own? ( I am in no way accusing Rep. Jackson of wrong doing. I am only verbalizing the well earned suspicious nature of the American public for politicians in general. ) If this is true and he is just trying do his civic duty, then he should be officially commended for his efforts in front of both the Senate, the House of Representatives and the White House. Maybe this would stimulate the same behavior from among his peers.

    December 16, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  5. Sandy

    I think he did the right thing. The people who'll call him a snitch don't vote anyway.

    December 16, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  6. sunshine

    i hope jackson hasn't ruined his future.

    December 16, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  7. JT

    The attempted use of his influence in trying to win the lottery job for his wife is almost as bad as the governor's attempt to extort money from him. This is far from over. You can bet Obama's people are circling the wagons. Blagojevich is probably trying to deal something now in order to keep quiet and go free, or he will open his mouth and implicate others.

    December 16, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |

    Somebody should have thrown shoes at Blago a long time ago and it looks like Jackson, Jr. is a squealer.

    December 16, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  9. Ann

    So it took Jr. 4 years to report the request for a bribe...did he tell Obama and Emmanuel about all this since they were part of a steering committee that met to help get Blago elected? Maybe they all knew the type of man they were trying to work for and it didn't bother them??
    Jackson Jr. lost all my respect for anything about him when he sat on national TV and as Obama national co-chairman said that voters who were mainly black in an upcoming primary should think long and hard because he hadn't seen Hillary cry for the black victims of Katrina. From then on I can't stand the look of him whenever he appears on TV.

    December 16, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  10. Michael in Ventura,CA

    Wow! That's a relief!

    December 16, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  11. Michael in Ventura,CA

    To "No Hillary- No Obama":
    Go Away and take your greedy oil people with you! You LOST- We WON- and you might as well sit back and enjoy the CHANGE coming to America! You people never cease to amaze!

    December 16, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  12. ed m

    Poor GOP'ers. 100% wrong 100% of the time for the last eight years. And now the only guy going down in their beloved scandal is Bloggo, who nobody liked anyway. Come on GOP'ers! Come up with one idea! Just one! Come up with something good and positive that will benefit regular people, and not just the people that got us into this national disaster of a presidency. But no.... All you can do is play in the mud. That's why you're back on the back bench where you belong. Pitiful.

    December 16, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  13. aware

    Just another case of the pot calling the kettle black! 🙁

    December 16, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  14. sippy

    We all know now that in Illonio it is establised practice to buy your seat in the senate. Mr. Jackson said in one interview that when Obama was chosen to fight election for illoino Senate seat it was Mr jackson who was being considerd first and then he did a favour to OBAMA and allowed him to become a senator. one should find out how much money Obama paid to buy his senate seat. Mr. Obama has always been cash rich.

    December 16, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  15. G

    Did people read the article wrong? This is good for Jackson the fact that he was an informant says he was willing to act quickly when he saw something shady by the governor. God learn to read!

    December 16, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  16. JackPratt

    many of you care less about what happens in this country, just trying to pin some party or obama down. maybe if you took that venom and focus on real issues, i.e. the economy and war, hold your on congress folks accountable for that, you and your families may be better served. lets here your opinions in 9 months if you keep reflecting from this economy

    December 16, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  17. Babs

    Talk about Illinois Politics as usual... Now how does one become a candidate for the director of th eIllinois State Lottery Commission? Gee was that job posted on Career Builder... Nope it was a cushy job for family members of high doners... Illinois politics is a farce - Todd Stroger gave his relative a job then decided to raise our taxes because this relative was really doing two jobs and should be paid double for her services. Now HERE YA GO... Let's not let ALL Illinois voters have a say in who should replace Obama's last 2 years of his term with a special election NO... the democrats all got together and decided the rhe Republicians might get the seat... OH HORRORS... Daley has his hand in this .. mark these words.. and Jesse Jr... with Daddy's help is just as corrupt... Illinois needs to have a special election and let the votes fall where ever... ETHICS in ILLINOIS politics I think not..... It's not what is right for Illinois it's what is right for the machine...

    December 16, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  18. Lisa M. of Texas

    He is doing the right thing! Recognize! For you idiots who are always looking for the worse in people especially when you don't like aperson. Chill out and wait for the evidence. Telling the truth whether voluntarily or involuntarily will set you free.

    December 16, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  19. Dan, TX

    I'm amazed at how people totally disregard the information in articles just to spout off their made up stories about what they want the stories to have said. Looks like Jackson is a good guy.

    December 16, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  20. Ann

    Does this clear his name? On the contrary. Isn't this what the communists used to do? give privileges to informants..

    December 16, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  21. patrick

    why are so many comments so negative towards Mr. Jackson? He was trying to do the right thing. There sure are a lot of racist, pessimistic, close minded cnn readers who comment!

    December 16, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  22. Paul

    No snitchin'

    December 16, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  23. Snitch

    Jesse Jackson Jr. did the right thing. Everyone is putting him down because they want something to become of this – something bad to be wrong with Mr. Jackson. Wait until the investigation is over.

    You people want corruption to go away but how can it go away unless you unveil the happenings. Yes, he snitched. What did you want him to do – continue to cover.

    I am reading these blogs and I am saying to myself – UNBELIEVABLE. When CNN reported that 1 out of 6 people today now have mental problems, they were not lying.

    December 16, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  24. Marie

    Okay let me get this straight. Jesse Junior – reveals that the gov is acting inappropriately and he is being judged. However if he had not said anything he would be labeled as an accomplice to the scandal. Give it a rest folks. Calling him a snitch is weak and irresponsible. You’re the same people who would criticize him if he did not speak up .

    December 16, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  25. Lola

    Thank you JJJ, you did the right thing, stand tall. I am proud of you and those people judging JJJ because of his fathers deed, shame on you. JJJ is his own person, judge him by what he does, not by his fathers deeds

    December 16, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
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