Names in the News: Gov. Rod Blagojevich
Publication Date: December 2008
Publisher(s): National Institute on Money in State Politics (U.S.)
Author(s): Nicole Albertson-Nuanes
Coverage: United States
Federal agents arrested Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich at his home in Chicago on December 9, 2008 and charged him with one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and one count of solicitation of bribery. Labor, lawyers and lobbyists, and people tied to finance, insurance and real estate have consistently donated heavily to the political campaigns of career politician Blagojevich, but a recent trend shows the construction industry significantly ramped up its giving for his 2006 gubernatorial re-election campaign.