Don't think that Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) has waived the pay-to-play requirement for appointment to the Senate seat. reports that Burris has already donated more than $15,000 to Blago's campaigns. He's made his down payment already!

And Burris got a big, fat state contract in return! His consulting firm was awarded a $300,000 contract from the Illinois State Department of Transportation to locate minority contractors to participate in the state's affirmative action program to work on road projects.

Burris doesn't have to do a quid pro quo with Blagojevich. He's got a charge account going!