Burris admits trying to raise money for Blagojevich while being considered for Senate appointment.

Yesterday, Sen. Roland Burris (D-IL) admitted that — contrary to his sworn testimony given to a state House impeachment panel — he did attempt to raise money for former governor Rod Blagojevich while under consideration for the vacant Senate seat. The revelations mark “the first time he has publicly said he was actively trying to raise money for Blagojevich.” Previously, Burris carefully omitted key details about his fundraising attempts:

In a letter filed Feb. 5 with his latest affidavit, Burris said, “I did not donate or help raise a single dollar for the Governor from those conversations.” But Burris didn’t reveal that he tried to put a fundraiser together for Blagojevich — and failed because of a lack of donors — before deeming it inappropriate.

Michael Wilson