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Wed Feb 20, 2013, 07:52 PM

Ugh... How Jesse Jackson Jr. (D) Spent His Campaign Funds

I'm glad he's gone.

http://politicalwire.com/archives/2013/02/20/how_jackson_spent_his_campaign_funds.html

How Jackson Spent His Campaign Funds

Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D) pleaded guilty today "to a conspiracy to siphon about $750,000 in federal campaign funds for their personal use," the Chicago Tribune reports.

"About 3,100 personal purchases were made on campaign credit cards, totaling $582,772.58... Prosecutors said $60,000 was spent on restaurants, nightclubs and lounges; $31,700 on personal airfare; $16,000 on sports clubs and lounges; $17,000 on tobacco shops; $5,800 on alcohol; $14,500 on dry cleaning; $8,000 on grocery stores and $6,000 at drug stores."

"In one of the more exotic purchases, Jackson used campaign funds in the spring of 2011 to pay a taxidermist in Montana $7,058 for two mounted elk heads to be shipped to his office in Washington. This was the beginning of an FBI sting, according to court documents."

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Reply Ugh... How Jesse Jackson Jr. (D) Spent His Campaign Funds (Original post)
babylonsister Feb 2013 OP
Mnemosyne Feb 2013 #1
indepat Feb 2013 #4
Mnemosyne Feb 2013 #11
Warpy Feb 2013 #6
Mnemosyne Feb 2013 #13
cali Feb 2013 #20
Mnemosyne Feb 2013 #21
spanone Feb 2013 #24
Mnemosyne Feb 2013 #25
RZM Feb 2013 #2
REP Feb 2013 #5
RZM Feb 2013 #8
REP Feb 2013 #14
malaise Feb 2013 #3
aptal Feb 2013 #7
Auntie Bush Feb 2013 #9
dsc Feb 2013 #10
HiPointDem Feb 2013 #12
REP Feb 2013 #15
HiPointDem Feb 2013 #16
REP Feb 2013 #18
HiPointDem Feb 2013 #19
hack89 Feb 2013 #28
Tierra_y_Libertad Feb 2013 #17
Taverner Feb 2013 #22
backscatter712 Feb 2013 #23
stevenleser Feb 2013 #26
SoCalDem Feb 2013 #27

Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 08:05 PM

1. It sounds so much like bi-polar spending. Wasn't he recently diagnosed? nt

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Response to Mnemosyne (Reply #1)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 08:16 PM

4. Whatever, he clearly savored a lifestyle that were not affordable on a Congress-critter's salary

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Response to indepat (Reply #4)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 08:54 PM

11. I'm not excusing his actions at all, but bi-polar can really mess up your life. Obviously. nt

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Response to Mnemosyne (Reply #1)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 08:18 PM

6. That's what it looks like to me

I know when my cousins skip their meds and start to go off the rails, one of the first things that happens is they start turning into spendaholics.

He's in a clinic, "under tight medical supervision" and being treated for bipolar disease.

I hope the treatment works. Once he gets out from under, he will have a reasonable life on medication.

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Response to Warpy (Reply #6)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 09:01 PM

13. Being diagnosed so late in life usually makes it very difficult to be stabilized easily. Rather than

putting out one large fire, it's like trying to stomp out many small fires. He has a long hard road ahead. Hopefully he will be one of the lucky ones and the meds will work steadily for him.

I once bought a pair of eyeglasses with freaking gemstones inlaid. i still have the lenses.

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Response to Mnemosyne (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 03:16 AM

20. People with bi-polar disorder are not in a manic phase for a decade.

He certainly had periods where he wasn't. And his wife was in it too.

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Response to cali (Reply #20)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 01:03 PM

21. I am not defending them, cali. He is sick, it didn't happen overnight - she likely enjoyed the manic

rides and didn't discourage him, obviously. Someone untreated and undiagnosed can be manic more than not over a long period of time. I know, I have lived it.

It does not mean I excuse or condone what occurred, only trying to suggest possibilities.

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Response to Mnemosyne (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 01:10 PM

24. sounds like theft to me.

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Response to spanone (Reply #24)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 01:29 PM

25. It is. nt

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 08:12 PM

2. 17k on 'tobacco shops'

 

That's a lot if glass bongs.

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Response to RZM (Reply #2)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 08:17 PM

5. More likely cigars from real tobacco shops

I thought, "that's a lot of Sherman's" when I read that entry, but I'm a patron of that evil kind of tobacco shop.

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Response to REP (Reply #5)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 08:21 PM

8. You're probably right

 

That makes sense since cigars are commonly given as gifts. Still it would be funny if he gave his staffers 6 foot bongs for Christmas.

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Response to RZM (Reply #8)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 09:18 PM

14. Or 6' bongs stuffed with fine cigars

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 08:15 PM

3. Stupid ass

all for bling. Vacuous asshole.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 08:18 PM

7. Wow! Must have been been buying crates of Montecristo's.

n/t

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 08:31 PM

9. What a dishonest fool!

The only thing I ever liked about him was the "D" next to his name.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 08:39 PM

10. So why wasn't Christine O'Donnel charged

Yes it was on a lesser scale but she did the same exact thing. She used campaign expenditures to pay for her personal expenses.

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Response to dsc (Reply #10)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 08:57 PM

12. because a certain segment of the D party wants the jackson family out of politics forever?

 

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Response to HiPointDem (Reply #12)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 09:23 PM

15. Not prosecuting O'Donnell keeps the Jacksons out of politics ... how?

And those "certain Ds" forced Jackson to spend $582,772.58 of campaign funds on frivolous crap?

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Response to REP (Reply #15)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 09:27 PM

16. apparently no one has the knives out for O'D.

 

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Response to HiPointDem (Reply #16)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 09:31 PM

18. Probably because she never held office, unlike Jackson

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Response to REP (Reply #18)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 03:00 AM

19. lots of candidates get knifed, too. if there's someone out there who wants to knife them.

 

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Response to dsc (Reply #10)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 01:54 PM

28. For one she was not an elected official

I think it is more important to hammer politicians in office to send the proper message.

Secondly, we are talking about $20,000 over several months vice $750,000 over several years.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 09:30 PM

17. "It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native American

"It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress." Mark Twain

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 01:03 PM

22. Fucking A, he's a disappointment

 

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 01:09 PM

23. Very sad. He could have done so much better. n/t

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 01:47 PM

26. Very sad. Takes on a whole different character when one understands his recent diagnosis

As someone upthread noted, this is very typical of someone with bipolar disorder. So much so that there are movements afoot in several states to try and forgive debts by those suffering from it if the reckless spending occurred before they got into a treatment regimen.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 01:50 PM

27. Wild excess always outs cheaters

I guess he thought that people would just assume that he was independently wealthy (his famous Daddy maybe) and no one would ever connect the dots..

It's a shame..kids "lose" both parents to jail and for what? stuff..ugly stuff at that

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