Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Illinois Governor Arrested: Tried to Sell Barack Obama's Senate Seat

You can't make this stuff up. Another tale from the dark side of Illinois politics.
Governor Rod Blagojevich in FBI custody faces a laundry list of charges.

The allegations include:

  • Blagojevich worked with previously convicted defendants and Obama associates Antonin Rezko, Stuart Levine, Ali Ata and others to arrange financial benefits in exchange for appointments to state boards and commissions, state employment, state contracts and access to state funds.
  • Blagojevich threatened to withhold state assistance to the Tribune Co. in connection with the sale of Wrigley Field to induce the firing of editorial board members who have been critical of the governor.
  • The governor took money from at least one individual in connection with naming a successor for the U.S. Senate seat that was vacated by Obama.
  • Blagojevich is charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and solicitation of bribery.
  • In exchange for the Senate appointment, Blagojevich discussed obtaining: A substantial salary for himself at a either a non-profit foundation or an organization affiliated with labor unions.
  • Placed his wife on paid corporate boards where he speculated she might garner as much as $150,000 a year.

Did the President-Elect know about this? Of course he did, but will get swept under the rug by the media like EVERY OTHER OBAMA ASSOCIATION?!?

More information: Read the full report from the Department of Justice. President-Elect Obama is mentioned 44 times in the full report.

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