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Exclusive: Blago camp told Jesse Jr. would raise $5 million for Obama seat

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There's been a few new disclosures about U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and the Senate seat appointment that's under federal scrutiny, but today the Sun-Times makes a new revelation.
Two donors told the Blagojevich camp that Jackson himself would raise campaign cash in exchange for the Senate seat appointment -- to the tune of $5 million. The donors would kick in another $1 million to Blagojevich if Jesse Jr. were appointed, according to sources.
There's no indication of Jackson's involvement in this alleged pledge. He would not comment for the article.
One of the reported conversations took place Oct. 31, when a Jackson longtime supporter and Blagojevich donor approached Robert Blagojevich
According to the indictment, Robert Blagojevich, who headed the ex-governor's campaign fund, talked with his brother the next day on the phone to give him an update on fund-raising with Jackson's supporters.
The Blagojevich brothers are both charged with wire fraud because of that conversation.

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