Report: Jesse Jackson Jr. Said He Would Raise $5 Million For Obama's Senate Seat

Jesse Jackson Jr. told the media in December that he was not a target in the Blagojevich investigation:

It looks like Jesse may not have been entirely honest.

Today, Founding Bloggers and the Chicago Sun-Times are reporting that Jackson passed on information that he would raise $5 million in campaign cash for Blago if appointed to Obama’s open senate seat.

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s camp was told last year that U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) would raise up to $5 million in campaign cash for the ex-governor if he was appointed to President Obama’s U.S. Senate seat, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned.

The overture came from at least two members of the local Indian community who approached the Blagojevich fund-raising team last fall, sources say.

Besides the $5 million to be raised by Jackson, the proposal also included another $1 million for Blagojevich’s campaign fund that would come from Indian donors, sources say.

This is the first revelation that a proposal for the Jackson appointment involved an alleged promise that he’d raise campaign cash for the ex-governor.

You may want to rethink your future political career, Jesse.
It’s starting to look like you might be coming back to Illinois for awhile.

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