Though Wyma, according to the complaint, declined requests to wear a wire, he met with prosecutors numerous times to detail key instances of alleged payoffs he witnessed firsthand. Blagojevich's goal, according to Wyma, was to raise a total of $2.5 million before the end of the year, primarily from individuals identified on the list by Friends of Blagojevich.
For instance, he explained how on Oct. 6, he and someone identified as Individual B met with the governor and his now charged chief of staff John Harris about whether the governor could help Individual B's business venture, according to the complaint. Following the meeting, the governor allegedly asked Wyma to get Individual B to raise $100,000 for Friends of Blagojevich before the end of the year.
Wyma also allegedly detailed a planned deal with someone identified as Highway Contractor 1, the complaint states. This plan was hatched that same day when, following the meeting with Individual B, Blagojevich said that he would be announcing a $1.8 billion project involving the Tollway Authority. The governor said that a Lobbyist 1 was going to ask Highway Contractor 1 to raise $500,000 for the same fund. "I could have made a larger announcement but wanted to see how they perform by the end of the year. If they don't perform, f*** 'em," the governor allegedly said, indicating, in Wyma's belief, that he could allocate more money for the Tollway if Highway Contractor 1 raised enough cash.
A few days later, Blagojevich sought out donations from the chief executive of Children's Memorial Hospital, the complaint states Wyma told investigators."I'm going to do $8 million for them. I want to get [Hospital Executive 1] for 50," Blagojevich allegedly told Wyma, according to the complaint. In other words, he planned to give the hospital $8 million in state reimbursement funds in exchange for a contribution from the head of the hospital. There is no indication that the executive actually paid the money and in fact Blagojevich appeared to get upset that the donation was not coming in. A spokesperson for the hospital said in a statement that "if such allegations are true, Children's Memorial, pediatric physicians and the children of Illinois have been victimized." She said the company is fully cooperating with investigators.
Despite all of Wyma's recent efforts to help the feds, he was a close ally of Blagojevich during much of the scandal. Wyma had spent close to a decade on the Hill when he joined Blagojevich as chief of staff after his election in 1996. He served until early 2000 when he joined New York Sen. Charles Schumer as chief of staff. He worked there until fall 2001, when he joined Fleischman & Walsh and began his career as a lobbyist.
Over and over, companies seeking state funds turned to Wyma. According to the Illinois Secretary of State's Office, Wyma represented more than 50 clients including firms that had contracts to run pieces of the state lottery and provide standardized tests to public schools.
"These companies are buying access to the governor," said Miller. "But he's not just a lobbyist; he's also one of the governor's closest advisors. While he's giving the governor advice, and raising money for him, he's also lobbying for these companies issues."