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February 20, 2013


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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