Blago Spent Whopping $400K on Clothes

Prosecutor accuses Patti of paying for it with suspect Rezko money
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
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Posted Jul 2, 2010 7:41 AM CDT
Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, left, arrives at the Federal Court building with his wife Patti, for his federal corruption trial in Chicago, June 8, 2010.   (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)
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(Newser) – Looking as good as Rod Blagojevich does ain’t cheap. The ex-governor and his wife spent $400,000 on clothes while in office or running for it, according to testimony from a government financial analyst at Blagojevich’s corruption trial yesterday. Prosecutors followed that up by playing a wiretap tape in which Blagojevich loudly and obscenely complained that he might not be able to afford to send his daughters to college, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Prosecutors produced testimony suggesting that the Blagos paid for their sartorial excess with dubious-looking income from Patti’s real estate business. Disgraced fundraiser Antonin “Tony” Rezko was paying Patti tens of thousands of dollars to do seemingly nothing, witnesses said, suggesting that she was probably acting as a ghost payroller for him. Even with that money, an IRS agent testified that Blagojevich was living too extravagantly, racking up $90,000 in credit card debt by August 2008.

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