Blagojevich On Trial: 'Give Us The F***ing Money'

The Secret Blago Tapes

Blagojevich has steadfastly maintained his innocence throughout the whole legal saga, proclaiming that only a full release of the government's secret audio recordings would provide a complete picture, and ultimately exonerate him.

Cindy Canary of the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform, a non-partisan advocacy group that tracks the influence of money on state politics, said the often profane recordings released so far have done little to portray Blagojevich in a positive light.

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In one of the recordings, Blagojevich can be heard advising his chief of staff Alonzo "Lon" Monk, now the prosecution's star witness, in an apparent effort to get a campaign contribution from a horse race track owner who was lobbying Blagojevich to sign legislation that would be favorable to his industry.

Monk, apparently sensitive to the track owner's concern about the appearance of a quid-pro-quo, says "I wanna go to him [the track owner] without crossing the line and say, 'Give us the f___king money.' "

Blagojevich and Monk can then be heard discussing the timing the bill's signing and possibility of signing it with a group of other bills.

"He'd like some separation between that [the donation] and signing the bill," asks Blagojevich. "Definite separation," says Monk.

"A week," replies Blagojevich.

"It's so brazen and outright – it's just 'let's scam the state of Illinois, and he does not have a good word to say about anybody."

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