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Indicted fund-raiser helped pols in both parties

Updated: July 23, 2012 7:38AM

Raghuveer Nayak has poured money into the campaigns of political candidates on both sides of the aisle — from Barack Obama to U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez to the McCain-Palin presidential ticket to U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin.

According to the Better Government Association, Nayak and the 10 companies named in a federal indictment gave nearly $500,000 to candidates between 2000 and 2008. However, the numbers don’t show that Nayak has helped raise even more money from others — including for Jesse Jackson Jr.

Top recipients of Nayak’s largesse include:

(1) Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich: $198,000

(2) Former state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias: $23,000

(3) Former state Rep. Jay Hoffman: $20,000

(4) Attorney General Lisa Madigan: $19,000

(5) Gov. Pat Quinn: $18,000

Source: BGA

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