Jesse Jackson Jr. Charged With Illegally Spending Campaign Funds

NPR | Feb. 15, 2013 4:04 p.m.

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Eyder Peralta

Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL) in 2009.

Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL) in 2009.

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Former Rep. Jesse L. Jackson Jr. of Illinois was charged Friday to conspiring with an unnamed person to illegally spend campaign funds.

As Politico reports, some of that money was spent on buying a $43,000 Rolex watch, “fur coats and memorabilia associated with Michael Jackson, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and Bruce Lee.”

Politico adds:

“Prosecutors will recommend a prison sentence of between 46 and 57 months for Jackson Jr., as well as a fine of $10,000 to $100,000, and forfeiture of a yet-to-be-determined portion of the misspent $750,000 in campaign funds.”

Jackson, the son of civil rights activist Rev. Jesse Jackson, resigned from Congress last November, acknowledging his “share of mistakes.”

He had just won reelection in his Chicago district, despite taking months of medical leave without providing a prompt explanation for his absence.

Jackson eventually revealed he was suffering from bipolar II.

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