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Blago's Idea to Shake down Buffett



December 09, 2008 – Comments (6)

From the FBI complaint:

105. Later on November 11, 2008, ROD BLAGOJEVICH talked with Advisor A.

Advisor A indicated that he will stay “on top” of getting the Senate Candidate 5 information

leaked to the particular Sun Times columnist. ROD BLAGOJEVICH again raised the idea

of the 501(c)(4) organization and asked whether “they” (believed be the President-elect and

his associates) can get Warren Buffett and others to put $10, $12, or $15 million into the

organization. Advisor A responded that “they” should be able to find a way to fund the

organization. Later in the conversation, ROD BLAGOJEVICH returned to the issue of the

501(c)(4) organization and noted that he is looking for “$10, $15, $20 million in an

organization like that.” ROD BLAGOJEVICH said that when he is “no longer Governor”

he could go over to the organization.

6 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On December 09, 2008 at 2:16 PM, TMFBent (99.24) wrote:

Don't forget Bill Gates...

From the complaint:

106. On November 12, 2008, ROD BLAGOJEVICH talked with JOHN HARRIS. ROD BLAGOJEVICH noted that CNN is reporting that Senate Candidate 1 does not want the open Senate seat. HARRIS said he thought that is just a tactic. ROD BLAGOJEVICH raised the issue of the 501(c)(4) organization and that contributors and others can put “10 to 15 million in it so I can advocate health care and other issues I care about and help them, while I stay as Governor, she’s (believed to be Senate Candidate 1) a Senator.” ROD BLAGOJEVICH noted that the President-elect can ask Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, and others for money for the organization. ROD BLAGOJEVICH states he will ask “[Senate Candidate 6]” to help fund it as well. HARRIS said that funding the 501(c)(4) would be a lot easier for the President-elect than appointing ROD BLAGOJEVICH to a position.

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#2) On December 09, 2008 at 3:28 PM, EverydayInvestor (< 20) wrote:

I would like to state that I voted against Bla-Lie-ovich and previous Illinois governor and fraudster Ryan. I'd also like to state that I voted against the next major Illinois politician to be mired in scandal (as all, eventually, are). I need not speak his name.

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#3) On December 09, 2008 at 5:51 PM, goldminingXpert (28.77) wrote:

where'd all your picks go?

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#4) On December 09, 2008 at 7:07 PM, Imperial1964 (94.00) wrote:

Rule #1 of Illinois politics:
All Illinois politicians from Chicago are corrupt. It has been that way for years and you can't get to power if you aren't corrupt.

Our last governor is still in jail.

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#5) On December 09, 2008 at 9:19 PM, TMFBent (99.24) wrote:

Rule #2 of Illinois politics? Most downstate pols are crooked too? That's why Kass calls it "the combine."

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#6) On December 10, 2008 at 2:08 PM, MrSucrose (< 20) wrote:

Illinois politics in general is the worst of breed.  You think this crap in Chicago is bad, just look at Madison county.  For years the legal firms there have been influenceing the judge races to get people into office that will be more willing to OK class action law suits against corporations.  The whole state is a political sewer.

The bright spot of Illinois politics tend to be our senator selections.  Durbin, although very liberal, is a good senator.  Paul Simon was a terrific senator for many years.

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