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?