Under Rothe Dev. Corp. v. United States DOD, 262 F.3d 1306 (Fed Cir. 2001), the awarding of a contract is a "political act" and is subject to Constitutional protections against adverse discriminatory state action (in racial setting). See also Smith v. City of Chicago, 2002 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 14118 (N. D. Ill. 2002); Sims v. Mulcahy, 902 F.2d 524 (7th Cir. 1990).
Jackson's actions are likely unconstitutional under the First Amendment. They're obviously grounds for impeachment. They probably are not criminal in their own right, however.
I had thought that it was obvious that the Bush administration awarded friends with government contracts; just look at the funds awarded to Halliburton &other Bush contributors.
Ah yes. If only Bush had contracted with Ben &Jerry's Ice Cream to rebuild Iraq.