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  Jesse Jackson Jr. knew of $1 million offer for Senate seat, prosecutors say
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Last EditedCOSDem  Jul 08, 2010 03:26pm
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MediaNewspaper - Chicago Tribune
News DateThursday, July 8, 2010 09:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionA supporter of U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. told the Democratic congressman in 2008 that he would raise $1 million in return for then- Gov. Rod Blagojevich naming Jackson to the U.S. Senate, a federal prosecutor said Wednesday.

The allegation, made on a busy day at Blagojevich's federal corruption trial, was the first time authorities publicly suggested Jackson was aware of efforts by his allies to swap campaign cash for his appointment to the Senate seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama.

Prosecutors also played a rapid-fire sequence of secret wiretap recordings that show Blagojevich reluctantly warming to Jackson as a Senate pick after first profanely ripping him as a non-starter.
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