From the NY Times:
It turns out that Rod R. Blagojevich, the impeached former governor of Illinois, flamboyant reality television star and billboard for the helmet hairdo, had an unexpected admirer in New York City: Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.
During Mr. Blagojevich’s corruption trial on Monday, it was revealed that just days before the 2006 election, Mr. Bloomberg gave him a $25,000 campaign donation, one of the largest that Mr. Blagojevich received for his successful re-election bid that year.
What, exactly, inspired this last-minute burst of out-of-state generosity?
Aides said the two men had much in common: advocacy for tougher gun laws, abortion rights and the importation of prescription drugs from Canada.
They also shared something else: Bradley Tusk, a top Bloomberg aide who went on to serve as deputy governor to Mr. Blagojevich. He held that job at the time Mr. Bloomberg sent his check.
Mr. Tusk later returned to New York and ran Mr. Bloomberg’s 2009 re-election campaign.