House Ethics Watchdog Investigating Jackson Jr.

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 8, 2009 9:47 AM CDT
Sen. Roland Burris greets Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr in February. Burris is under investigation by the same panel looking into Jackson.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – A House ethics panel has launched a “preliminary review” of Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr's bid for President Obama’s vacant Senate seat, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. The Office of Congressional Ethics, formed last year as an “investigative entity” of private citizens, will look at communications between Jackson’s camp and that of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Blagojevich appears to have thought he could get $1.5 million from Jackson for the seat.