Did Jackson Bid $5 Million to Replace Obama? - Black Enterprise
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

Congressman Jackson Promotional Shots UpdatesRep. Jessie Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) has emerged as the politician who stands to lose the most after the fallout from former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s indictment.

As Blagojevich pleaded not guilty today to charges of racketeering and fraud, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that Blagojevich’s camp was told last year “that Jackson would raise up to $5 million in campaign cash for the ex-governor if he was appointed” to President Barack Obama’s U.S. Senate seat. This amount is significantly more than the $1.5 million mentioned in Blagojevich’s 19-count indictment.

Fundraisers Rajinder Bedi and Raghuveer Nayak  also suggested that Indian donors would raise $1 million more if Jackson got the appointment.

Blagojevich was overheard in a secret recording made by the Federal Bureau of Investigation discussing his alleged approach by a Jackson emissary, according to the criminal complaint filed against Blagojevich, the Sun-Times is reporting.

Jackson confirmed last week that he was being investigated by the Office of Congressional Ethics, a citizen watchdog group that seeks to hold lawmakers accountable.

Neither Jackson, Bedi, nor Nayak have been charged, and the OCE investigation is only a fact-finding inquiry that will issue a report to the House’s Ethics Committee for further review.

The OCE cannot compel witnesses to submit to interviews or subpoena documents as evidence. Nevertheless, Jackson said in a statement last week that he is cooperating fully with the preliminary investigation but asserts that he has done nothing wrong.

Jackson did not respond to a request for an interview.

Marcia A. Wade is the reporter at BlackEnterprise.com

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Marcia is a multimedia content producer focusing on technology at Black Enterprise Magazine. In this capacity she writes and assigns stories to educate readers about social media; digital integration; gadgets, apps, and software for business and professional development; minority tech startups; and careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). In 2012, she received two Salute to Excellence Awards from the National Association of Black Journalists and was recognized by Blacks in Technology (BiT) as one of the Top 10 Black achievers in the tech arena for 2011 at SXSW in Austin, Texas. She has spoken about technology on panels for New York Social Media Week, at The 2012 Rainbow/PUSH Wall Street Summit, as well as at Black Enterprise’s Entrepreneurs Conference and Women of Power Summit. In 2011, SocialWayne.com chose her as one of 28 People of Color Impacting the Social Web, and through crowdsourcing she was listed as one of BlackWeb2.0's/HP's 50 Most Notable African American Tastemakers in Social Media and Technology for 2010. Since taking on the role of Tech editor in September 2010, she has conceived and produced five cover stories on Technology and/or STEM and countless articles, videos, and slideshows online. Before joining BlackEnterprise.com as an interactive general assignment reporter in 2008, she freelanced with Black Enterprise beginning in 2003 while working as the technical editor at Prepared Foods magazine. There she further honed her writing skills and became an authority on food ingredients, including ingredients used in food fortification and enrichment. Meanwhile, her freelancing with Black Enterprise and BlackEnterprise.com helped her stay current on issues pertaining to the financial and business welfare of African Americans. As a general reporter for Black Enterprise she attended and reported on the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, where she interviewed Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor and assistant to President Barack Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Marcia has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture with an emphasis in food science from the University of Minnesota, and a Master of Science degree in journalism from Roosevelt University in Chicago. En route to her secondary degree, she served as the editor-in-chief of the Roosevelt University Torch, a weekly, student-run newspaper. An avid photographer and videographer, Marcia is one of several employees at BLACK ENTERPRISE who interned for the publishing company as a college student. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, a food scientist; her seventeen-month-old daughter; and “The Cat”, but still considers Chicago home.

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