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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  1. Jackson


    December 16, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  2. Robert

    He's a crook and a rat just like his father

    December 16, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  3. JoetheAmerican

    Looks like a planned leak from the Jackson people to me, aimed at sprucing up his image. He's already screwed though, too little too late.

    December 16, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  4. Veri Tas


    December 16, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  5. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Three years to decide whether you've been shaken down? Puh-leeze!

    December 16, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  6. liz

    So three years ago there was testimony about Blago taking fat bribes and NOONE thought that maybe just maybe they should investigate that?!?!

    December 16, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  7. ken

    Jr. is a quality guy. Not a shake down artist like his dad

    December 16, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  8. Barbara

    I am appalled at how thew News Media tries to involve others in scandalous situations. Can't they see that Blagojevich is a crook from his heart. He just got caught. It is becoming apparent to me that us voters have chosen the worst possible candidates in the past. Thank goodness we seem to have finally gotten it right.

    December 16, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  9. Gays for Obama

    I sure hope Jackson, Jr. can separate himself from all of this nonsense in the future. He really strikes me as someone who wants more than anything to do right. He may need to move away from Chicago, though.

    December 16, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  10. IonaTrailer

    Wow – he's a snitch.

    December 16, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  11. James

    He has tried to be honorable and represent the people of Illinois appropriately. It is too bad that no good deed goes unpunished. Sometimes, good guys really do finish last.

    Good luck Jessie Jr.

    It is too bad some peoples' dislike of your dad lets them feel okay to prejudge you unfairly.

    December 16, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  12. fran

    This is getting interesting!

    Though I always believed him.

    December 16, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  13. mike

    All of a sudden, Jesse Jackson Jr. is back in the top spot for the nomination!

    Way to fight corruption, Jr.!

    December 16, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  14. Hoodrat

    I thought snitching was a bad thing? Glad to see we've turned a new page on getting the slime off the streets and out of the state house.

    December 16, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  15. G from RTP


    December 16, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  16. LarryInClintonMD

    I do not have any inside knowledge on Illinois and Chicago politics, but looking at this from afar, this Governor, read the tea leaves wrong. I think prominent individuals brought this case to the Feds and if I am right, there will more indictments.

    December 16, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  17. paul wall

    why is everone so ready to trash, hate and convict Rep. Jackson. there has been no evidence whatsoever presented indicating that Jackson broke the law. and so many people want to tie this to Obama. just waste your time. the President-Elect is not under investigation, nor is any member of his team. he appears professional and relaxed at his press conferences. not the least bit worried. he shouldn't be, he did nothing wrong or inappropriate. so conspire all you want. the proof is in the pudding. and there's nothing signalling that Jackson did anything at all, besides talk to the governor, which is not a crime.

    I refuse my intelligence to be abused anymore!!

    December 16, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  18. Dee, Huntsville, Al.

    I am so glade to hear that he has not sold his soul for a Senate seat. Still good politicians from Chicago.

    December 16, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  19. God Help Us

    I don't believe this story one bit. I'm convinced he was part of the corruption.

    December 16, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  20. CJ

    This changes things. Maybe he's not all bad. I am surprised by this new twist, and will keep watching this case.

    December 16, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  21. joe blow

    I would never vote for a stooly I trusted him before Big brother is watching

    December 16, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  22. Sandra

    I surely hope JJJ had a good reason for coming out about being an informant because I think it kills him politically. He talks too much just like his Dad. He should have shut up about being Candidate # 5. He should have shut up about his involvement in any Blagovich investigation. He's trying to hedge his bet. He is not sophisficated enough to be the Senator from Illinios and he's been proving it. Also, the idea that Blago tried to shake him down re: a job for his wife is inconsistent with his claim that when he sat down with Blago about the senate seat he there was now quid pro quo expectation. I wouldn't be surprised if JJJs guy may have been setting up to shake Blago down.

    December 16, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  23. Larry

    Wow,it took three years to come forward,and only after his memory was jogged ?? If someone tried to "shake you 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 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  24. Chris Cantwell Bradenton FL

    This is such a line of crap. Our entire government ought to follow the Constitution, with these illegal transfer of wealth bailouts, our entire government is an entity of big wig bosses controlling the world's money empire for corporate greed's interests, not for the will of it's people or our country and we are nothing more than the peasant servants that fuel it's engine.

    December 16, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  25. Remy

    Jackson Jr. is a better American than the fraud governer!

    December 16, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
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