Burris Admits Trying to Fundraise for Blagojevich

February 17, 2009 - 4:21 PM
U.S. Sen. Roland Burris has acknowledged trying to raise money for ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich before being appointed to the Senate.
Springfield, Ill. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Roland Burris has acknowledged trying to raise money for ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich before being appointed to the Senate.
 
According to a transcript posted on the Chicago Tribune's Web site, Burris told reporters Monday night in Peoria that after the ex-governor's brother called him, he talked to some friends about putting together a fundraiser.
 
Burris says he told Rob Blagojevich shortly after the November election that he couldn't get anyone to contribute.
 
Burris testified to a committee that recommended impeaching the governor that he had told only one Blagojevich associate he was interested in being senator and never offered anything in return.
 
But he released an affidavit over the weekend indicating he had spoken to four others, and that he was asked for fundraising help.