From NYTimes.com: Legal Hurdle in Blagojevich Case: A Crime, or Just Talk?
“This town is full of people who call themselves ambassadors, and all they did was pay $200,000 or $300,000 to the Republican or Democratic Party,” said Mr. Bennett, referring to a passage in the criminal complaint filed against the governor suggesting that Mr. Blagojevich was interested in an ambassadorial appointment in return for the Senate seat. “You have to wonder, How much of this guy’s problem was his language, rather than what he really did?”
It’s an interesting question of when political donations crosses the line into political corruption. Donors have influenced policy decisions and appointments for years.