Posted by rightwinger on December 11, 2008
It sounds like Obama was willing to make some sort of deal for the senate seat such as setting up a 501(c)(4) organization, creating a special position for Blago or his wife. I keep hearing people say that Obama is from a corrupt Chicago system, but he is not corrupt himself. Fat chance! First of all Obama’s house was financed through Rezko who received money from Saddam Hussein. Remember the old adage follow the money. No wonder Obama was against the War. Anyway, Obama got Michelle a sweet job at the University of Chicago Hospital. “Her salary went from $121, 910 to $316,962 on 2005, the same year her husband was sworn in to the United States Senate from where he would earmark funds for her employer.” (David, Freddoso, The Case Against Barack Obama)
(101) ROD BLAGOJEVICH asked what he can get from the President-elect for the Senate seat. ROD BLAGOJEVICH stated that Governor General Counsel believes the President-elect can get ROD BLAGOJEVICH’s wife on paid corporate boards in exchange for naming the President-elect’s pick to the Senate. Governor General Counsel asked, “can [the President-elect] help in the private sector. . . where it wouldn’t be tied to him? . . .I mean, so it wouldn’t necessarily look like one for the other.”
(107) On November 12, 2008, ROD BLAGOJEVICH talked with Advisor B. ROD
BLAGOJEVICH discussed with Advisor B his idea for a 501(c)(4) organization. Advisor
B stated that he likes the idea, but liked the Change to Win option better because, according to Advisor B, from the President-elect’s perspective, there would be fewer “fingerprints” on the President-elect’s involvement with Change to Win because Change to Win already has an existing stream of revenue and, therefore, “you won’t have stories in four years that they bought you off.” ROD BLAGOJEVICH said that he likes the 501(c)(4) idea because he knows it will be there in two years when he is no longer Governor, whereas Change to Win might not be.
(104) 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 theorganization. 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.