A key black Democratic leader in South Carolina has negotiated a $10,000 per month consulting contract with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign, a development that came to light when the lawmaker endorsed the presidential hopeful.
The contract with state Sen. Darrell Jackson's firm, Sunrise Enterprises, is not yet signed but will run through the first Southern primary here next January, Clinton spokesman Mo Elleithee confirmed Thursday.
Elleithee denied there was any deal made for Jackson's endorsement.
"Not at all. ... We told him, 'We'd love your support as a community leader and love your help as a respected political consultant inside the state,'" Elleithee said.
Jackson did not return messages on Thursday. He has told several media outlets that he turned down more money from other candidates.
Jackson's firm will advise Clinton's campaign on "political matters in South Carolina, outreach, organizing issues" and purchasing advertising, Elleithee said.