It was widely known that former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's father-in-law, Ald. Richard Mell (33rd), was supporting wealthy businessman Blair Hull in the U.S. Senate race Barack Obama ended up winning in 2004.
Few people, however, knew Mell was getting paid to work on Hull's campaign. [...] Mell was paid by a political consulting company owned by Fred Lebed, the right-hand man of embattled Sen. Roland Burris.
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