Report: Jackson Backers Sought Cash for Ill. Gov.

CHICAGO (AP) - According to a published report, businessmen with
ties to both Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and U.S. Rep. Jesse
Jackson discussed raising $1 million for Blagojevich as a way of
persuading him to appoint Jackson to President-elect Barack Obama's
vacant Senate seat.
Citing unnamed sources, the Chicago Tribune reports in a story
for Friday's editions that businessman Raghuveer Nayak
(RUG'-oo-veer NAY'-uk) and Blagojevich aide Rajinder Bedi
(RUJ'-in-dur BEH'-dee) told attendees at an Oct. 31 meeting that
they needed to raise $1 million for the governor to make sure
Jackson was appointed to the Senate.
Nayak is a Blagojevich supporter who is also close to the
Jackson family. Bedi has also been a Blagojevich fundraiser.
Jackson's attorney said while Jackson discussed the Senate seat
with Nayak, he never asked him to do anything.

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