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."
The relationship between the governor and his friend-turned-lobbyist was heavily scrutinized during Blagojevich's second run for governor in 2006, when critics saw the relationship as a reversal of his 2002 promise to change the "business as usual" cronyism of Illinois politics.
"It's not illegal for a close aide to become a lobbyist," said Cindi Canary, the executive director of the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform, a corruption watchdog group. "But that's because nothing is illegal in Illinois. There is a revolving door from the governor's inner circle to those working for lobbyist groups."
Federal investigators delivered a subpoena to Provena Health, which sought records about the company's lobbying relationship with Wyma, and the subsequent donation, the Chicago Tribune first reported in October.
At the time, Blagojevich denied any wrong doing. Calls by ABC News to Provena Health were not returned. A company spokesperson told the Tribune in October that "We are not parties of interest here," in reference to the subpoenas. The suspicious Provena donation may have first tipped federal investigators, but critics of the governor have long noted that many of Wyman's clients have secured lucrative government contracts.
"This has been going on for at least five years," said Canary. "Every company he's ever represented needs to be scrutinized."