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07/04/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Blagojevichs Turned Down By Several Charities, Ex-Governor Says (LISTEN)

Your money is no good here.

That's apparently what several charities told former Gov. Rod Blagojevich and his wife, Patti, when they were approached about entering a deal to share cash raised by Patti Blagojevich's appearance on "I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here."

During a phone interview with WLS Radio's "Don Wade and Roma" Wednesday, the former governor said he thought the other charities were worried they would lose state funding if they teamed up with the Blagojevichs.

"I think they're prudent in being concerned if they were to take our help they might get punished and penalized," Rod Blagojevich said. "They might lose state funding or not get more state funding or incur the wrath of some of those lawmakers like [Illinois House Speaker Mike] Madigan, for example, who is the type of guy who would take it out on them."

Madigan's spokesman dismissed Blagojevich's claims to the Sun-Times as "just another piece of evidence of what a troubled and confused person the ex-governor is."

The Tribune reported Tuesday that Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation rejected Patti's reality show donation proposal.

"With so much press going on about the governor, we want to be cautious," Bear Necessities spokeswoman Courtney Krupa told the Tribune. "We want to be a respectable organization and not hurt any of the people that support us and that we work with."

Bear Necessities is affiliated with Children's Memorial Hospital. Rod Blagojevich is accused improperly soliciting a $50,000 campaign contribution from a Children's Memorial executive.