This latest development looks very bad for Jackson. According to news reports yesterday in Chicago, Jackson's father, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr., has also lawyered up. Rep. Jackson's attorney suggests to the Tribune that any discussions linking fundraising to the Senate seat appointment may have been discussed without his client's blessing. While some attendees deny they attended the fundraiser as a way of boosting Jackson's chances, others saw it differently. Here's the most damaging item in the story:
One said Nayak and Bedi told him and others of their plan to help Jackson.
The second said he overheard Nayak and Bedi discussing plans with Bhatt, the Joliet pharmacist.."
Raghu said he needed to raise a million for Rod to make sure Jesse got the seat," the second businessman said. "
He said, 'I can raise half of it, $500,000.' The idea was that the other two would help raise the rest."
Bhatt, whose two Basinger's Pharmacy outlets were searched by the FBI last week, has been the focus of a state and federal investigations into whether campaign donations were made in exchange for regulatory favors.
Bhatt is a prominent Indian businessman who helped the state's top pharmacy regulator win his job. The Tribune reported last year that state pharmacy auditors probing allegations of Medicaid fraud at Basinger's complained that their bosses thwarted the investigation, allegations Bhatt has adamantly denied in interviews with the Tribune.