Friday Rant: Illinois Spend Management Blogger Indicted

We regret to inform you that this blog will no longer be published by Jason Busch, at least until he makes bail from an Illinois Federal holding facility. Apparently, Mr. Busch was caught up in part of the scandal with Governor Rod Blagojevich earlier in the week. If you're thinking he was "Candidate Number 5" guess again. His involvement runs far deeper than Jessie Jackson Jr. Rather, Mr. Busch was found to be at the very core of Spend Management corruption, the complaint alleges.

At first, Mr. Busch resisted spilling his guts. But when he was water-boarded at the local FBI facility, Mr. Busch began to sing. The following are excerpts from his interrogation and previous recorded phone conversations on Spend Management industry influence corruption.

"I learned about how to shake-down vendors from watching (Firm Number 1) at work. When someone wanted coverage, I told them they would have to make it worth my while. Spoken, written, whatever. After all, I've got this thing, Spend Matters, and it's (expletive) golden, and, uh, uh, I'm just not giving it up for (expletive) nothing. I'm not gonna do it. And, and I can always use it. It can parachute me there."

"I want to make money," he said. "I won't ever consider mentioning any vendor, outsourcer and consultant who does not pay $7,500 for an on-site consulting day. (Expletive) (Firm Number 1) has been doing this shake down for years. Why can't I? Tell 'em to (Expletive) my RSS feed if they got a problem with it. (Expletive)."

"This is not just about educating the market. It's about me. (O)ur legal situation, our personal situation, my business situation. This decision, like every other one, needs to be based upon that. Legal. Personal. Business."

"You want a mention? You want to get covered? Tell them to get their advertising spend back in here. (S)ome of this stuff's gotta start happening now ... right now ... and we gotta see it. You understand ... But you gotta be careful how you express that and assume everybody's listening, the whole world is listening. You hear me?"

"Those other blogs and trade publications suck the lifeblood from me. They want a piece of me? (O)ur recommendation is fire all those (expletive) people, get 'em the (expletive) out of there and get us some editorial support."

And finally, said on Dec. 8, 2008, the day before Mr. Busch's arrest: "Whether you tape me privately or publicly, I can tell you that whatever I say is always lawful and the things I'm interested in are always lawful. And if there are any things out there like that, what you'll hear is a blogger who is tirelessly and endlessly working for you."

Contributions to Jason's Defense Fund may be credited to sponsoring his new Fed Pen Perspectives series.

- Jason Busch

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