This isn't any old corruption case we're dealing with (some as where the payoff to the politician was a new deck on his vacation house). We've got Senate seats for sale, threats to the Chicago Tribune, and now we learn that Blagojevich actually thought he might be able to rope Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett into his scheme.
From the complaint (.pdf):
On November 11, 2008, ROD BLAGOJEVICH talked with JOHN HARRIS about the Senate seat. ROD BLAGOJEVICH suggested starting a 501(c)(4) organization (a non-profit organization that may engage in political activity and lobbying) and getting "his (believed to be the President-elect's) friend Warren Buffett or some of those guys to help us on something like that."