Bloomberg is reporting that Blagojevich’s top fundraiser represented CDR Financial Products Inc. -- that company at the center of the grand jury investigation that halted Richardson's cabinet appointment early this year.
Milan Petrovic, who raised $1.96 million for Blagojevich, introduced CDR to Illinois budget and debt officials, according to e-mails obtained under a public records request. He and his lobbying firm also donated $20,000 to New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, a one-time Democratic presidential candidate who withdrew from consideration as U.S. Commerce Secretary following disclosure of the CDR probe.
Richardson “is a public official I admire,” Petrovic, 43, said in a telephone interview, declining to comment further.
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