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Feds: Jackson Jr. Stole $750K in Campaign Funds
Newser ^ | 02/15/2013 | By Kevin Spak

Posted on 02/15/2013 2:03:43 PM PST by Responsibility2nd

(Newser) – Looks like Jesse Jackson Jr. didn't exactly work out a sweetheart plea deal for himself. Prosecutors intend to recommend 46 to 57 months of prison time for the former congressman, along with a fine of between $10,000 and $100,000, Politico reports. As part of the deal, Jackson admits to having conspired with his wife to illegally spend $750,000 in campaign money on such vagaries as fur coats, airplane tickets, a $43,000 Rolex watch, celebrity memorabilia, booze, cigars, and even groceries.

Jackson was formally charged today with felonies including conspiracy, reports the Chicago Tribune. His wife, former Chicago Alderman Sandi Jackson, was charged with filing false tax returns. No public money is believed to have been included in the $750,000 of misused funds, at least some of which will be forfeited as part of the sentence. "I offer no excuses for my conduct and I fully accept my responsibility for the improper decisions and mistakes I have made," Jackson said in a statement.



TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Politics/Elections; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: 113th; chicago; chicagomafia; cultureofcorruption; democrat; il; jackson; jessejr; jjj; progressives
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Chicago thug-style politics as usual.
1 posted on 02/15/2013 2:03:54 PM PST by Responsibility2nd
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To: Responsibility2nd

Once credit cards became the norm in the 1990s....it’s hard for any political figure to hide his illicit spending. You need to do this corrupt stuff strictly in cash, and avoid every showing a trail. As for his prison sentence? He’ll spend eighteen months at best in some fed prison, and get out to enjoy his pension deal with the government eventually.


2 posted on 02/15/2013 2:06:50 PM PST by pepsionice
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To: Responsibility2nd

The very fact that he got caught means he stepped on someone’s toes that didn’t take kindly to it. He’s lucky he didn’t end up in the horse processing plant...


3 posted on 02/15/2013 2:06:56 PM PST by Dubh_Ghlase (Therefore, send not to know For whom the bell tolls, It tolls for thee.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Jesse Jackson Jr. to plead guilty to federal charges

Former Rep. Jesse L. Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) will plead guilty to conspiring with his wife to illegally spend $750,000 in campaign funds on personal expenses, including a $43,000 Rolex watch, fur coats and memorabilia associated with Michael Jackson, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and Bruce Lee, according to information obtained by POLITICO. The charges against him include conspiracy, making false statements, and mail and wire fraud.

More at Politico...

4 posted on 02/15/2013 2:07:23 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Did JJJr learn that at his Daddy's knee or did he go to school with Kwamne Kilpatrick?
5 posted on 02/15/2013 2:07:50 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Responsibility2nd

This seems like the perfect House seat for Chelsea Clinton-Mezvinsky to begin her trip to the top. Followed by Malia Obama-Shabazz in 12 yrs or so.


6 posted on 02/15/2013 2:09:38 PM PST by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: pepsionice

JJJr could move to DC and get on City Council when he is released.


7 posted on 02/15/2013 2:09:47 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Responsibility2nd
Like father like son. Thieves.
8 posted on 02/15/2013 2:11:05 PM PST by 4yearlurker (I hate February.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

With this admittance of his, sounds like he is vying for some toplevel position within the Regime. Anybody have any idea what it might be? Secretary of Treasury? Commerce? What?


9 posted on 02/15/2013 2:11:34 PM PST by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: Responsibility2nd

That must be some Rolex.


10 posted on 02/15/2013 2:11:59 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (NRA Life Member)
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To: Responsibility2nd

He’ll come out loving Jee-zus, and be elected to the US Senate, just watch and see.


11 posted on 02/15/2013 2:12:20 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I actually feel sorry for the kid now. His life is in ruins and you have got to believe that Sandy is beating him over the head every time the story about that $43,000 watch comes up.

Maybe JJjr would like a year in the can til the heat dies down with the bride.


12 posted on 02/15/2013 2:13:27 PM PST by Thebaddog (Obama won, we are so screwed.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Oooo! Nice to see the wife getting busted as well! I love a Happy Ending. :)


13 posted on 02/15/2013 2:21:19 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: 4yearlurker
Like father like son. Thieves.

Yep, though JJ Sr extorts it where Jr plain old steals it. Daddy must be a little smarter, he hasn't been nailed and sent to prison...yet.

14 posted on 02/15/2013 2:21:43 PM PST by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Maybe this WAS a sweetheart deal... do we know all the stuff he’s done? Pool little depressed victim? What a load.


15 posted on 02/15/2013 2:21:53 PM PST by GOPJ ( Illegal immigrants: violent boorish party crashers. Send them home, call police - make them leave.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Well for crying out loud, if you can’t get rich, what’s the point of going to Congress?


16 posted on 02/15/2013 2:22:10 PM PST by DPMD
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To: Responsibility2nd

“...46 to 57 months of prison time for Jackson...”; years and years and years for you or me.....


17 posted on 02/15/2013 2:22:10 PM PST by choctaw man (Good ole Andrew Jackson, or You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma...)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

In 46-57 months the battery will be dead.


18 posted on 02/15/2013 2:23:19 PM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Is that DEMOCRAT Jesse Jackson Jr.???

The thug doesn’t fall fare from the thug


19 posted on 02/15/2013 2:24:23 PM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

No batteries in those big honkers...


20 posted on 02/15/2013 2:26:28 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (NRA Life Member)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Hey CNN, think THIS might be a “career ender”?


21 posted on 02/15/2013 2:26:52 PM PST by adingdangdoo
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To: Responsibility2nd
This is all well and good but, personally, I tend to think a candidate should be legally (not ethically) free to do whatever he pleases with the donations given by supporters. If his donors don't like what he's doing, they can stop donating.

In other words, caveat emptor!

Down with the nanny state.

22 posted on 02/15/2013 2:27:43 PM PST by newgeezer (It is [the people's] right and duty to be at all times armed. --Thomas Jefferson, 1824)
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To: Responsibility2nd

just call it reparations and the NAACP will rally for him


23 posted on 02/15/2013 2:28:51 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Responsibility2nd
... fur coats, airplane tickets, a $43,000 Rolex watch, celebrity memorabilia, booze, cigars, and even groceries.

The other stuff I can see as legitimate campaign expenses but groceries is a bridge to far.

24 posted on 02/15/2013 2:29:52 PM PST by Pan_Yan
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To: pepsionice

almost all democrat political funds are from the treasury...so most of that money was government funds


25 posted on 02/15/2013 2:32:40 PM PST by SPRINK
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To: Responsibility2nd
I pity the poor rubes that gave money to this pr_ck so he could go out and buy a $40,000 wristwatch and $700,000 worth of other loot.

Criminal democrats have been in the news all week. Shooting cops, hiring underage hookers, stealing money, etc.

None of these losers have any type of moral compass whatsoever.

26 posted on 02/15/2013 2:33:18 PM PST by Gabrial (The nightmare will continue as long as the nightmare is in the Whitehouse)
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To: DPMD
"Well for crying out loud, if you can’t get rich, what’s the point of going to Congress?"

The Hairy Reed should conduct a class for new CongressCritters.

27 posted on 02/15/2013 2:33:44 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Responsibility2nd

He was just trying to show his old man that theft is more lucrative than extortion.


28 posted on 02/15/2013 2:35:03 PM PST by SpaceBar
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To: Responsibility2nd

It’s never enough for THESE people...

Jesse Shakedown Jackson Gets Beer Distributorship for Son

http://solargeneral.com/jeffs-archive/black-civil-wrongs/jesse-shakedown-jackson-gets-beer-distributorship-for-son/


29 posted on 02/15/2013 2:36:09 PM PST by Hotlanta Mike ("Governing a great natiorn is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it." Lao Tzu)
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To: Responsibility2nd
And Obama comes out of that cesspool "cleaner than a virgin's honey pot"...

....riiiight.

30 posted on 02/15/2013 2:37:06 PM PST by RckyRaCoCo (Shall Not Be Infringed)
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To: Responsibility2nd

pfft, 750K, big whoop - let me know when they nail down the MF Global thief -

I’m so damn tired of the kids running this country into the ground. Everyday it’s pelosi this, schumer that, reid mumbling around and the rest of the freaks hell bent on imposing their power of the rest of us.


31 posted on 02/15/2013 2:37:26 PM PST by AllAmericanGirl44 (Fluck this adminstration of misfits.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Has anyone checked his freezer in the basement yet????


32 posted on 02/15/2013 2:40:06 PM PST by bikerman (Gun control does nothing to stop gun violence. But then, Washington specializes in the art of doing)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Must have had a diamond in the back with a sun roof top.


33 posted on 02/15/2013 2:41:15 PM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: Dubh_Ghlase

He got sloppy. It happens in that world. They have no OFF switch when it comes to other people’s money.


34 posted on 02/15/2013 2:41:36 PM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: Paladin2
JJJr could move to DC and get on City Council when he is released.

His constituents would elect him and let him serve from jail if they were allowed.

35 posted on 02/15/2013 2:45:13 PM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Gabrial
Criminal democrats have been in the news all week. Shooting cops, hiring underage hookers, stealing money, etc.

Kinda weird when you actually stop and think about it for a moment. Our side takes a sip of water, stands up for gun rights, maybe gets a traffic ticket on a bad day. Their side embezzles a billion to cover gambling debts, sleeps with underage hookers, goes on a blood drenched rampage complete with liberal screed, etc. A literal daily occurrence with no shortage of examples to choose from.
36 posted on 02/15/2013 2:45:29 PM PST by SpaceBar
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To: Responsibility2nd

The Democrat Party is the party of thieves anyway. I’m sure Jackson was doing “business” as usual for a typical Dem. I would bet the great majority of Dem pols are in it for the dough. Your money is my money...that’s the Dem motto.


37 posted on 02/15/2013 2:48:18 PM PST by driftless2
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To: Responsibility2nd
Statement:"Feds: Jackson Jr. Stole $750K in Campaign Funds"

Response: I have no doubt that this is a true statement.

Comment: I'll bet that in his lifetime he has stolen a lot more than $750,000. Like father like son he had access to billions in taxpayer funds.

38 posted on 02/15/2013 2:49:12 PM PST by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

Curb feelers...?


39 posted on 02/15/2013 2:49:55 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (NRA Life Member)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I’m really sick of seeing people steal $750,000 and only getting fined $10-100,000. Let them make FULL restitution!


40 posted on 02/15/2013 2:50:38 PM PST by pgyanke (Republicans get in trouble when not living up to their principles. Democrats... when they do.)
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To: C210N
"vying..top level job"

To be a top Dem today, your resume looks a lot better with federal indictments for thievery of public funds, sex with an underage girl or boy, or just common criminal activity. Bill Ayers would probably get places in todays Dem Party.

41 posted on 02/15/2013 2:51:05 PM PST by driftless2
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To: Responsibility2nd

The acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree.


42 posted on 02/15/2013 2:57:46 PM PST by Hootowl
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To: Responsibility2nd
"Ho ho ho. What should be next for Jesse Jackson Jr.? (AKA) (JJJ) Another J... Jail!!"



David Jackson protests outside Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s office in Chicago, Dec. 13, 2008.
43 posted on 02/15/2013 3:04:59 PM PST by Chad_the_Impaler
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie
Must have had a diamond in the back with a sun roof top.

Not to mention the teeveelators in the back.

44 posted on 02/15/2013 3:09:33 PM PST by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: driftless2

Bill Ayers has gotten places.
All the way to the White Hut w/his pal barry.


45 posted on 02/15/2013 3:13:49 PM PST by certrtwngnut (')
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To: Responsibility2nd

He’s a victim, he’s black, nuff sed. Charlie got off, waters got off and so will he


46 posted on 02/15/2013 3:15:16 PM PST by ronnie raygun (Lexington and Concord Americans experience thier first gun grab attempt)
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To: adingdangdoo

Well, it’s not as bad as drinking water.


47 posted on 02/15/2013 3:17:39 PM PST by BipolarBob (Happy Hunger Games! May the odds be ever in your favor.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

And how much is the special election going to cost because this piece of crap chose to run last November?


48 posted on 02/15/2013 3:30:31 PM PST by SMGFan (SMGfan is not "Sub Machine Gun" fan)
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To: Responsibility2nd

And the guy who taught him his thievery, extortioner extraordinaire The Revrund Jacksun Sr

skates!

I’d much rather see him in prison for life that his pitiable offspring. How could the spawn of a criminal mind like Jesse Sr. even have a chance to know right from wrong?

Free Junior Jackson! Lock up Daddy and throw away the key.


49 posted on 02/15/2013 3:32:57 PM PST by Houghton M.
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To: Responsibility2nd

Who doesn’t think that this criminal would STILL get elected from his prison cell if he ran again? (by his criminal constituents.)


50 posted on 02/15/2013 3:36:28 PM PST by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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