According a report released by the Office of Congressional Ethics, “Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., (D-Ill.) showed a willingness to offer campaign contributions in exchange for Blagojevich appointing him to the Senate seat formerly held by President Obama.
According to Politico:
“There is probable cause to believe that Rep. Jackson either (1) directed a third-party, most likely Mr. Raghuveer Nayak, to offer to raise money for Gov. Blagojevich in exchange for appointing Rep. Jackson to the Senate seat, or (2) had knowledge that Nayak would likely make such an offer once Rep. Jackson authorized him to advocate on his behalf with Gov. Blagojevich,” OCE stated in its July 2009 report to the Ethics Committee.
Jackson Jr. denies the claims, saying that he “did nothing illegal, unethical or inappropriate” in his attempt to gain appointment to the vacated Senate seat.
Another dirty Illinois politician outed. I doubt it will make much of a difference but at least someone is trying.