Jesse Jackson Jr. Under Federal Probe for Using Campaign Money to Decorate His Home

Posted by on Oct 14, 2012 at 8:52 pm

This guy hasn’t worked in several months while being treated for mental illness, but somehow manages to stay in office. Now there’s yet another reason to send him packing.

U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s campaign finances are the subject of a federal probe after the congressman allegedly improperly used campaign money to decorate his home, according to a new report.

The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday night that a federal probe into the congressman centers on whether Jackson improperly used campaign money to decorate his home.

The Chicago Sun-Times on Friday first reported that Jackson was under federal investigation, a probe that began before he took a leave from Congress in June to seek medical help. Ultimately, the Jacksons said he suffered from bipolar depression.

The Sun-Times reported that the investigation was being handled out of Washington D.C. and was an entirely new area of scrutiny and did not involve the sale of the U.S. Senate seat — a case involving Rod Blagojevich where Jackson’s name repeatedly came up. Spokespeople representing Jackson were not talking on Sunday.

The Jacksons put their Washington D.C. home on the market last month at a price of $2.5 million. The listing was public and included the property’s address as well as multiple photos of the inside of the home. A campaign spokesman said at the time that home was put on the market to pay for mounting medical bills.

Though Jackson represents a congressional district in Chicago and his wife, Sandi, is a Chicago alderman — both primarily live in D.C. and send their children to a private school there. They also have a residence in Chicago.

How does someone making Congressman money afford a$2.5 million house? And if his wife is an alderman in Chicago, why does she live in DC?

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6 Responses to “Jesse Jackson Jr. Under Federal Probe for Using Campaign Money to Decorate His Home”

  1. EsausMessage on 15/15/12 at 8:25 am

    The answer to the question: how can they afford to maintain two very expensive homes in two very expensive cities? They are race racketeers, just like Dear Old Dad. They are shake down artists ginning up controversies. They run a protection racket giving corporations that donate absolution on racial issues. It’s good work if you can get it.

    One of the things that enrages me about each story on him is this idea that he’s on leave. There’s no one to grant him “leave.” The United States House of Representatives is not his employer. It can’t grant a member sick leave or any other leave. He’s answerable to his constituents alone. And he’s been AWOL for months now.

    Finally, I know that when I’m depressed the first thing I do is re-decorate. So the expenditures are understandable. It’s therapy. However, it might not be legal.

  2. Jaimo on 15/15/12 at 10:40 am

    I wonder if he will spend any time in jail like John Rowland in Connecticut did when he was caught doing a similar thing? Let’s see, Jackson black, Rowland white. Nope! Won’t do a minute in jail, Eric Holder won’t let “his people” pay for their misdeeds because of all the past suffering they experienced at the hand of whitey.

  3. Sort-of-Mad Max on 15/15/12 at 10:59 am

    Who’s buying the ‘house needs to be sold to pay for mounting medical bills’? We’re talking Congress’s gold-plated medical plan here! I doubt he’s been out of pocket much past $1,000, if that.

    However, if we’re talking about ‘prescriptions filled without a prescription’ at Balliol Brothers Pharmacy, ‘just go to the back and say Necessity sent you’, well, I could see JJJ spooning a couple mil up his (and his girlfriend’s) nose. As far as I know, Congress doesn’t cover recreational drug expense for themselves, at least not yet.

  4. TallDave on 15/15/12 at 11:11 am

    If memory serves, JJJr. also had the something called “the beer concession” in Chicago which is one those very lurative crony monopoly things they give to Democrats to make money on.