Trib: Jackson ‘Emissaries' May Have Hosted Blago Fundraiser

Paper touches on possible 'pay to play' parties

While the Rev. Jesse Jackson proclaims that he was not involved in the alleged offer of money to Gov. Rod Blagojevich in exchange for a U.S. Senate seat for his son, the Chicago Tribune reported that another Jackson connection may be a strong factor in federal charges against the governor.

A big question into the probe of allegations that Blagojevich shopped around President-elect Barack Obama's vacant senate is who exactly he talked to.

The Trib reported that businessmen with ties to both the governor and U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. discussed raising at least $1 million for Blagojevich's campaign as a way to encourage him to pick Jackson for the job, the Tribune has learned.

The explosive allegations are being strongly denied by the Jackson family.

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