Witness: Blago himself did not seek donation

CHICAGO (AP) -- A defense attorney for Rod Blagojevich got a racetrack owner to admit that the former governor never asked for a campaign contribution in exchange for signing legislation to help the horse-racing industry.

John Johnston testified Monday in Blagojevich's corruption trial that he was pressured by his own lobbyist -- the governor's former chief of staff Alonzo Monk -- to contribute $100,000 to Blagojevich's campaign just days before the governor was arrested.

Johnston says he understood that the bill would be signed after the money was turned over.

Defense attorney Sam Adam Sr. asked if the governor had ever said that. Johnston said no.

Blagojevich has pleaded not guilty to several charges, including scheming to sell President Barack Obama's vacated U.S. Senate seat.


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