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Burris Now Recalls: Blago Wanted Cash

Some actual journalism from the Chicago Sun-Times:

Blago hit up Burris for cash

February 14, 2009
BY NATASHA KORECKI AND DAVE MCKINNEY Staff Reporters

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s brother solicited U.S. Sen. Roland Burris for up to $10,000 in campaign cash before Blagojevich named Burris to the coveted post — something Burris initially failed to disclose under oath before an Illinois House impeachment panel, records and interviews show.

Burris acknowledges being hit up for the money in a new affidavit he has sent to the head of the House committee that recommended Blagojevich be removed from office.

The affidavit is dated Feb. 5 — three weeks after Burris was sworn in to replace President Obama in the Senate.

Burris — who did not give money to the Blagojevich campaign fund in response to the previously undisclosed solicitation — provided a copy of the sworn statement to the Chicago Sun-Times Friday in response to questions about his contacts with the Blagojevich camp about fund-raising…

Burris’ statement offers the third version of events he has given about his discussions concerning the Senate seat, to which Blagojevich appointed him in late December, after Blagojevich was hit with federal corruption charges that included an allegation he tried to sell the Senate appointment…

In October and again in November, Burris spoke with Robert Blagojevich, who initially asked him to host a fund-raiser. Burris said he’d get back to him after the election, sources with knowledge of the conversations said. The two later talked again, and Burris again was asked for campaign cash.

Burris said he refused to contribute and “made it unequivocally clear … that it would be inappropriate and pose a major conflict because I was interested in the Senate vacancy.”

A source with knowledge of the exchange said there was some discussion about Burris possibly getting others to give or raise money on his behalf. Not so, according to Burris: “I did not donate or help raise a single dollar for the governor from those conversations and would never consider making a donation through a third party.”

In all, Burris expressed interest in the Senate seat to five people in Blagojevich’s camp, documents obtained by the Sun-Times show. He disclosed just one of those contacts when asked Jan. 8 by state Rep. James Durkin (R-Western Springs) during the impeachment hearings to name any contact he had with Blagojevich’s people about the seat.

“I’m very surprised he didn’t make these disclosures,” Durkin said. “I don’t know if Mr. Burris was purposely being evasive during the committee or had selected memory issues.”

In a sworn statement filed with the House panel Jan. 5, before he testified, Burris said he had no contact with Blagojevich’s camp about the Senate seat aside from his appointment in late December. In testimony before the committee, he added that he spoke with Lon Monk, Blagojevich’s former chief of staff. In his new affidavit, Burris confirms he also spoke of his interest in the Senate appointment with Blagojevich insiders John Harris, Doug Scofield and John Wyma.

The discussions with Robert Blagojevich about money came after Burris spoke with those people. Burris had told the House committee he was unaware of any quid pro quo dangled by Blagojevich’s camp…

Maybe once Mr. Burris gets re-elected he will remember that he actually did give some money to Mr. Blagojevich after all.

A source with knowledge of the exchange said there was some discussion about Burris possibly getting others to give or raise money on his behalf. Not so, according to Burris: “I did not donate or help raise a single dollar for the governor from those conversations and would never consider making a donation through a third party.”

And who could possibly doubt him?

(Thanks to CGardner for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Saturday, February 14th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

20 Responses to “Burris Now Recalls: Blago Wanted Cash”

  1. cranialoutlet

    PERJURY.

  2. proreason

    Rahm the Impaler must have had a little talk with Roland.

    Roland was getting a little close to besmirching The Moron’s reputation by his involvement with Blago’s little trick.

    Time to put a stop to that.

  3. A Mad Pole

    Chicago politics going national, nothing to see, move over.

    More coming, there is no doubt about it.

  4. GuppyNblue

    Blagojevich is accused of crimes that one doesn’t do alone. He must of had business partners and other’s should go down with him (for the illusion of justice). The Undertaker must be rubbing his claws together.

    • Weasel

      You are right on target that Blago was not alone in this! But he’s the only big fish that will take a fall for it. And why is that? Because Patrick Fitzgerald went public with it early! The same guy that had to drag the country through months of investigations on the “Plame Leak” even though he knew who the leaker was – and it wasn’t Scooter Libby – can’t wait a week or two to catch Blago in the act of accepting a payoff. And what does Fitzgerald get for blowing the case – Obama deciding that he gets to keep his job in the new administration – coincidence? Hardly…

  5. Weasel

    Only $10,000? No wonder they impeached Bloggo!

    Just think how lucky we are that the only honest politician to come out of the corrupt Chicago machine is the one who got elected president…

    • Steve

      “Just think how lucky we are that the only honest politician to come out of the corrupt Chicago machine is the one who got elected president…”

      Good one!

  6. 1sttofight

    How do you spell perjury?

    B-u-r-r-i-s.

  7. Liberals Demise

    There is NO reason why the whole kit and kabootles should not be thrown into “CROSSBAR” hotel. Three weeks of Obamanation and not ONE DAY without some kind of BS!! Only proves to me that this is gonna be a L-O-N-G 3 yrs 11 months of pain!

  8. catie

    Well, this is rich isn’t it? Since he left this out last month, is he guilty of perjury? Boy, Lincoln must be really proud of his state.

  9. Confucius

    I’ve lost count. Is this a double or double double cross?

  10. 12 Gauge Rage

    Forget the Change, just cold hard cash please. Preferably in unmarked twenties and fifties. Crooks.

  11. jrmcdonald

    Not reporting attempted bribes ASAP is a crime.

  12. You know when they said Blago was not going down with out a fight, it was said by many conservatives he would be “the gift that keeps on giving..” There can be no doubt now.. snicker..

  13. canary

    Did Burris blackmail Blago, he’d tell if Blago didn’t appoint him? Sure hope ollah Obama meant it when he said he knew nothing about all this. Can’t wait for Blago’s tell all, where he said he’d bring alot of people down. Profits and proceeds from the book should go to pay the Democrats stimulous package.

  14. jrmcdonald

    Blago requested an ambassadorship. The ONLY person who can appoint an ambassador is the President…

  15. artboyusa

    Hi there everybody, it’s me – governor Rod Blagojevich! Well, “ex-governor” I suppose I have to say now. Hey, can you f***ing believe that? The way those f***ing f***ers f***ed me? 59 to zip – some pals they f***ing turned out to be! Just because I did it, they expect me to take the blame!

    It’s always been like that for those of us who’ve tried to help change this f***ing messed up world. F ***ing Ghandi, f***ing Martin Luther King, f***ing Nelson Mandela, me – we’ve all suffered for our beliefs. Just the other day I said to Nelson Mandela: “Yo, Nelson; they’re trying to f***ing frame me, man” and he said to me, he says “You can f***ing handle it, Rod. You got the truth on your side, my brother”.

    Yeah, but you can’t put the f***ing truth in one of your secret bank accounts or hide it under the floorboards in a shoe box, you know what I mean? I got to look out for numero-uno, right? I mean me and my wife, f***ing Patty, can’t live on nothing, right? We need a f***ing income! Hey, wait a sec – I got an idea.

    Hey Patty – do we got any kids? Huh? No, I ain’t gonna f***ing pay you for that information. Yeah, I know it’s worth something. Look, just f***ing tell me, huh? No kids, huh? No s**t. That’s too bad.

    Okay, go to Plan B. Where’s that f***ing phone? Hello? Peking Dragon Restaurant? Hey listen up, Hop Sing: my name’s, um, Blag Rodojevich and I got a shipment of, um, fresh pork that I can let you have for a really nice price. How big a shipment? Hey, Patty – come in here and gimme a hug. Mmmm, thanks, baby. Love ya. Run along now. You still there, Hung Lo? Yeah, about 108 pounds worth…




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