Jesse Jackson, Jr.
Illinois Statehouse News reported that there was some "bad blood" between Jackson and Rod Blagojevich, which complicated the former governor's trial. Blagojevich has said, "He's a bad guy," about Jackson Jr. Blagojevich's advisers, Fred Yang and and former Chief of Staff John F. Harris, agreed that Jackson Jr. was not worthy of former U.S. Senator Barack Obama's seat that Blagojevich was supposed to fill. However, Illinois Statehouse News reported that Blagojevich and Jackson Jr. did not talk about an exchange of money for potentialing appointing Jackson Jr. to the U.S. Senate seat. However, the defense in Blagojevich's federal corruption trial said in its opening statement that Raghuveer Nayak, a leader in the Indian community and major fundraiser for the congressman, reached out to the governor on several occasions, and offered the governor $1.5 million in campaign contributions in exchange for a Jackson appointment.