Please read the Criminal Complaint filed by David W. Cain, Special Agent of the FBI. Details of the conversations Blagojevich had with his operatives about Barack Obama and the possibility Barack Obama would strike several deals with Blagojevich regarding the open Senate seat are discussed, and yes, quotations are provided.

I enjoy this gem from pages 63-64, where a telephone conversation between Blagojevich, Advisor B, a political consultant in Washington, DC, another Washington, DC, political consultant and John Haris, the Governor’s General Counsel, is discussed:

ROD BLAGOJEVICH said that the consultants (Advisor B and another consultant are believed to be on the call at that time) are telling him that he has to “suck it up” for two years and do nothing and give this “motherfucker [the President-elect] his senator. Fuck him. For nothing? Fuck him.” ROD BLAGOJEVICH states that he will put “[Senate Candidate 4]” in the Senate “before I just give fucking [Senate Candidate 1] a fucking Senate seat and I don’t get anything.” (Senate Candidate 4 is a Deputy Governor of the State of Illinois). ROD BLAGOJEVICH stated that he needs to find a way to take the “financial stress” off of his family and that his wife is as qualified or more qualified than another specifically named individual to sit on corporate boards. According to ROD BLAGOJEVICH, “the immediate challenge [is] how do we take some of the financial pressure off of our family.” Later in the phone call, ROD BLAGOJEVICH stated that absent getting something back, ROD BLAGOJEVICH will not pick Senate Candidate 1. HARRIS re-stated ROD BLAGOJEVICH’s thoughts that they should ask the President-elect for something for ROD BLAGOJEVICH’s financial security as well as maintain his political viability. HARRIS said they could work out a three-way deal with SEIU and the President-elect where SEIU could help the President-elect with ROD BLAGOJEVICH’s appointment of Senate Candidate 1 to the vacant Senate seat, ROD BLAGOJEVICH would obtain a position as the National Director of the Change to Win campaign, and SEIU would get something favorable from the President-elect in the future.

Senate Candidate 1 is Valerie Jarrett, an Obama advisor who also served as Daley’s Chief of Staff. Jarrett is very close to the Obamas. Senate Candidate 4 is either Dean Martinez, Bob Greenlee or Louanner Peters, all of whom are Deputy Governors of Illinois.

The “specifically named individual” is Michelle Obama, who was appointed to the Board of TreeHouse Foods, a WAL-MART vendor, on June 25, 2005, even though she did not have experience in the private sector previous to the appointment. Here are the benefits the Obama family received as a result of Michelle Obama’s stint with the WAL-MART vendor:

According to the couple’s tax returns, Mrs Obama earned $51,200 (£25,700) for her work as a non-executive director on Treehouse’s board last year, on top of the $271,618 salary she was paid as a vice-president of the University of Chicago Hospitals.

She also received 7,500 Treehouse stock options, worth a further $72,375, as she did the previous year, when she banked a $45,000 salary from the company.

Michelle Obama is the “specifically named individual” who was able to sit on corporate boards, although she lacks the experience of Blagojevich’s wife. And notice how Michelle Obama’s position with the WAL-MART vendor helped alleviate the “financial stress” of the Obama family at a time when they were purchasing a mansion from Rezko they could not afford.

Why is this relevant?

Blagojevich, according to the FBI complaint, thought Barack Obama could appoint his wife to corporate boards if he were to appoint Valerie Jarrett to the open Senate seat vacated by Obama. I quote pages 54-55 of the criminal complaint filed by Special Agent of the FBI David Cain:

By law, after the President-elect’s resignation of his position as a U.S. Senator, which was effective on November 16, 2008, ROD BLAGOJEVICH has sole authority to appoint his replacement for the two years remaining of the President-elect’s Senate term. See 10 ILCS 5/25-8. During the course of this investigation, agents have intercepted a series of communications regarding the efforts of ROD BLAGOJEVICH, JOHN HARRIS, and others to misuse this power to obtain personal gain, including financial gain, for ROD BLAGOJEVICH and his family. In particular, ROD BLAGOJEVICH has been intercepted conspiring to trade the senate seat for particular positions that the President-elect has the power to appoint (e.g. the Secretary of Health and Human Services). ROD BLAGOJEVICH has also been intercepted conspiring to sell the Senate seat in exchange for his wife’s placement on paid corporate boards or ROD BLAGOJEVICH’s placement at a private foundation in a significant position with a substantial salary. ROD BLAGOJEVICH has also been intercepted conspiring to sell the Senate seat in exchange for millions of dollars in funding for a non-profit organization that he would start and that would employ him at a substantial salary after he left the governorship.

Blagojevich, in other words, assumed Obama would appoint his wife to a Board for the political favor of selecting Valerie Jarrett for the Senate seat. Blagojevich is not a stupid man. Indeed, he only assumed Obama would participate in this “pay to play” scheme, for he knows Obama is acutely aware how the game is played in Illinois and in Chicago. This explains why Blagojevich mentions Michelle Obama and her lack of qualifications to serve on the Board of TreeHouse Foods when he discusses how Obama could appoint Mrs. Blagojevich to a Board for the political favor of appointing Jarrett to the US Senate seat. Michelle, after all, was appointed to sit on the Board of TreeHouse foods AFTER Obama was elected to the US Senate. Moreover, Michelle Obama’s salary at The University of Chicago nearly TRIPLED after her husband gained the power to submit earmark requests on her employer’s behalf. Just appoint the spouse to a Board and increase his or her salary if you need a political favor from an Illinois politician. That is how the “play to pay” game is played.

Blagojevich understands this, and he knows Obama understands this. Why else does FBI Agent Cain report the following discussion that occurred on Nov 8, 2008?

On November 8, 2008, ROD BLAGOJEVICH talked with JOHN HARRIS about the Senate seat. During the conversation, ROD BLAGOJEVICH and HARRIS discussed whether it would be possible to obtain a financial benefit for ROD BLAGOJEVICH’s wife in relation to the Senate seat. Specifically, ROD BLAGOJEVICH referred to his wife’s Series 7 license and asked “is there a play here, with these guys, with her” to work for a firm in Washington or New York at a significantly better salary than she is making now. Also, ROD BLAGOJEVICH wanted to know whether SEIU could do something to get his wife a position at Change to Win until ROD BLAGOJEVICH could take a position at Change to Win.

Michelle Obama, Blagojevich implies, received an appointment to a Board for which she was not qualified as a result of a “pay to play” scheme. What about his wife? After all, Obama ally Valerie Jarrett wants the Senate seat. What about Blagojevich’s wife? What about Blagojevich’s “financial stress?”

Blagojevich and his advisers only thought of this as a possibility, for they know Obama has already played the game. Again, these are smart men who know the rules of the game. Why else would they think Obama would participate in a “pay to play” scheme? Michelle was paid for someone to play, they thought. What about Mrs. Blagojevich? Besides, Mrs. Blagojevich has a Series 7 license. All Michelle has is a license to practice law that was revoked as a result of a court order in 1993.

Blagojevich thought Obama would “pay to play,” as the Obamas have been engaged in “pay to play” schemes in the past. That is what Blagojevich thought, and that is why the Obamas are yet again mentioned in a complaint filed in a Court of law.

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  • imagicman

    does anyone know why m.o.’s law license was revoked or court ordered inactive? thanks. so are you all loving how the communist mob has taken over our government?

  • Jerry

    You guys are a bunch of losers. The obama’s had nothng to do with any of this. Michelle’s license was voluntarily given up and not under any wrongful circumstances

    • impeachtheboob

      …….and you know this how????

      • Joe

        He knows it because 1) he was told so by an SEIU member who assured them that it was voluntary, and if any further inquery was made that they’d meet physical harm… or 2) because he was given an influential position on a corporate board providing he ‘inform’ us poor masses who can clearly NOT read for ourselves, since we all misread that her license to practice law was in “court ordered inactive status” since 1993….

        hmmm could be either of those two options!

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  • Bill Bordeaux

    The only way to get even for these crimes is to get the left to vote for the same criminals in 2012.
    Have a nice day

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  • Bobbiejo

    Has anyone seen the Divorce Papers on Obama’s mom and step-dad Soetoro! It list Obama as Soetoro’s son!

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  • sevan

    Michelle Obama is misrepresenting herself as an attorney. She surrendered her liscence under pressure 1993. To go be an assistant for the most corrupt Mayor in America. Helping Dailey grease the chicago Machine

    Her ethics are as smelly as Obama’s.

    Her innactive status was court ordered. There will be a lot of stink surface in her background in the next year. PEBO is out of line. If he wants his wife to get a free pass, we don’t go for that. She was involved in politics and many levels and not an outsider housewife.

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  • Only Good for Some of us though….

    Wait a MINUTE every single one of our politicos have been paid or have bought. THIS is NO Different with the exc eption that this name is Barak and not Kennedy, Johnson Nixon Roosevelt Clinton or BUSH
    Why is this?????
    Everything you have mentioned here has always happened and always will that is politics why have you NOT attempted to MAKE the change before now
    wrong is wrong but PLEASE treat all equal.
    OR can you? Do you even want to?

    • FembotsForObama

      What a crappy comment: be fair …

      Don’t make it look like we are falsely persecuting the Obamas because we aren’t being fair. What a bunch of rubbish!

      the reason Obama’s corruption is SUCH a big deal compared to other poltician’s corruption is HE CLAIMED TO BE THE POLITICIAN WHO IS ABOVE POLITICS

      And THAT’S why so many faux-liberals voted for him.

      We didn’t demand this requirement of him, Obama made the claim himself and now is being exposed for who he really is. Michelle is being exposed too because we were admonished by Obama to “leave my wife alone”

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  • Maloney

    It appears that Blagojevich is saying that both Obama and his wife have been part of the pay-to-play game all along.
    I hope a huge deal is made about this before Barack Obama takes the oath of office.

    If this is true, the man, and his wife are disgraceful. Mainstream media must report this and closely follow this investigation.


  • Bobby

    Many people wonder why so many of these politicos “speak freely”, sometimes almost openly, on issues that mark them as criminals. Simple. They know the vast majority of Americans are for all practical purposes in a comatose state where their understanding of politics is concerned. Actually, it isn’t even Americans understanding that is at issue, it is their total lack of concern for their nation. There I said it. We have a nation full of people, of all ages, of all races and cultures, that simply don’t care about anything that politicians are up to and this will be our undoing. Isn’t it happening already, and most Americans are standing still or going on as usual, as if everything were perfectly normal, instead of calling for the absolute removal of every single criminal in office. A daunting task, it is true, but either we do it or we are doomed as a first world nation. The use of their positions to rob the American public of their heritage can no longer be tolerated. How corrupt, how far down, are we planning to allow these people to take us??

    • tillthen

      Bobby, you said a blog full. This isn’t anything new. One of my first jobs back in the ’60’s was in an electronics factory in N. H.. One of the local workers, a very bight young man, one day said to me that if polled the dozen or so workers in our department, none would know who the VP was and perhaps none would know who the POTUS was. He was right!! None knew that LBJ/HHH were our leaders. These were all typical white people, native to N.H., comatose, as you say, but, I remember clearly, they all knew who the characters were on “The Addams Family”.

  • Watcher

    And so what? Blago was upset at deals made by Obama and was angry because he was left out…. That’s politics and I don’t think voicing those concerns warrant his removal as gov….Obama made deals all across the board, national and international as well as “other” covert deals……Feed a man and he eats for a day….Teach a man to fish and he eats for LFETIME….Apparantly Blago learned to fish LOL….Besides all of that, it can be said he was jst letting off steam…talking bravado so to speak knowing he was not going to get anything in return but hey: What’s wrong with fishing?

  • Clara Barton

    Lapdog Major Garrett reported tonight that poor little Zero is getting tired after breaking all records appointing all those cabinet members so quickly. Said it was “wearing” on BO and he was in need of his Hawaiian vacation.

    It’s hard work!

  • Blah Blah Blah

    Tin foil hat, Woman Voter? “Scrubbed Clean.” Oh my.

    Or maybe it’s just a case or careless “journalism.”

    Try this one:

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  • Flash Rayon

    I always knew the Obamas were nothing more than your typical Chicago thugs. Now the voters have put this thug in the highest office in the land. We will live to regret the day we ever elected this common Chicago thug.

  • Tim

    So this is the kind of government the rest of the world should have?

  • Knight of the New World Order


    WAKE UP!

    Blindly following anyone makes you a sheep.

    Trusting words without whitnessing action makes you blind…and a fool.

    Barack Obama knew the “pay to play game”. He’s played it before. Why else would Blagojevic think he would play ball? You don’t tell someone who isn’t in the mob about a “hit”.

    You only play baseball with baseball players. In other words Obama knew the deal.

    He got his wife’s salary trippled. I live in Chicago and Im surprised this didn’t come out sooner.

    Im on the Chicago Urban League.(SPOILER) You cant get much done in Chicago if you’re not willing to pay.

    Obama is guilty. An Innocent man wouldn’t be so silent. Nor would he pay an army of lawyers to hide his background and birth certificate.

    This will make Watergate look like a cakewalk.

    Justine, darling, youre obviously brainwashed. But like all Obamatrons, you will be snapped out of it soon.

  • rich

    i think michele is above all that since the “O” got the electoral nod !

  • David

    There is no people more enslaved than the American people.
    they are corralled into buying cheap garbage from Wall mart ,the very source of their troubles. buying cheap in their minds is a benefit .However
    the cost of buying cheap is devastating their country.
    How can you have an honest government when the people are so dumbed down to vote for the same crooks over and over again.
    America is over it is in it’s last throws.
    Oh it will list for a while yet but the days of thunder are over.
    The North American Union will be installed and the
    last vestiges of country will be lost probably in 2010.
    10,000 Americans are leaving each year ,these are the brightest people leaving not the dummies.
    the effect of having 1200 nuclear bombs explode in America is evident 70% of the population is as dumb as a door knob.The minute particles of 235-238 uranium is insidious ,it has created a population
    of varying degree of mental retardation the past 50 years . This is why those born prior to 1945 are much more smarter.this degradation is passed on to offspring ,there is no escape from it.

  • Mark

    Some of you people’s tin foil hats are crooked, you might want to adjust….
    The election is over you lost, get in the boat and start rowing or be at risk to be accused of being unpatriotic like you accused those of us who were opposed to Bush (for good/real reasons by the way)

  • bibi

    what about Jesse Jackson Jr. he apparently was an informant for over a decade. Nobody ask about that? who whas he in informant for? also did he get paid?

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  • Farkuss

    Any resident of Illinois, that votes for any currently elected politician, is a fool.

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