Illinois law gives the governor sole authority to appoint a successor. Blagojevich left the aide in no doubt that his blessing would come at a price. A seat in the Senate, he explained, is "a fucking valuable thing, you just don\’t give it away for nothing".
Well, quite. The thing is though, how do you actually value it? What people are willing to pay seems the best answer.
Hmm, how though do we get an idea of what might be the market clearing price?
Guess we just ask the last guy who bought it what he paid. Anyone know how much that was?