PajamasMedia.com has published an opinion piece by NLPC Chairman Ken Boehm, which asserts,
Simply put, Governor Blagojevich became a golden goose of opportunity for well-connected businessmen in the state who were apparently willing to “buy” the governor’s unwavering personal attention for their pet legislative causes. And while Patrick Quinn, Illinois’ new governor, remarked last week that “everybody knows we’ve had a tough eight weeks, but it’s over,” it’s not. Springfield must now work overtime to unravel the mess the ex-governor and his well-connected business friends created, or Illinois will rightly deserve its reputation as the most corrupt state in the country.
On February 2, NLPC released an in-depth analysis of financial contributions made to Blagojevich’s campaigns from horse race track owner John Johnston and other Johnston-owned or affiliated interests. The analysis demonstrated that previous accounts of Johnston contributions to Blagojevich by the Wall Street Journal and other publications greatly under-reported the actual contributions.