Jesse Jackson Jr. Pleads Guilty: Spends Campaign Funds on Rolexes
on Mar 18, 2013
by Brittany Null
Jesse Jackson, Jr. pleads guilty in a federal court to charges that he used over $750,000 in campaign funds for personal items, from Rolex watches to Michael Jackson memorabilia.
Last week, Jesse Jackson, Jr. pleads guilty in a federal court to charges that he used over $750,000 in campaign funds for personal items. The guilty plea comes after a rough year for the son of the famous civil rights leader, the Rev. Jesse Jackson. The younger Jackson entered a guilty plea in US District Court last week and now faces up to five years in prison. His sentencing is scheduled for June 28. Jackson’s wife, Sandi, also plead guilty to a separate charge of filing false tax returns for the past six years. Her sentencing will be July 1. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
The former Democratic congressman has had a rough year. He went missing for awhile back in 2012, later seeking medical treatment for Bipolar Disorder and other health issues at the Mayo Clinic. Jackson’s attorney did not mince words when letting everyone know that Jackson’s mishandling of campaign funds was directly related to his mental health issues. “Those issues are directly related to his predicament,” Reid Weingarten said. “It’s not an excuse; it’s a fact.”
There has been much talk recently about what that $750,000 went to. The purchases run the gamut from toilet paper at Costco, to over five grand for furs and parkas. Among the really interesting things that Jackson used his campaign funds for was over $43,000 for a gold plated Rolex, and $17,000 at tobacco shops. There was also tons of money spent on celebrity memorabilia, from Michael Jackson, to Bruce Lee, even artifacts once belonging to Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X. There was also a five day holistic retreat on Martha’s Vineyard for a relative, and close to $10,000 worth of children’s furniture.
Jackson was very apologetic when entering his plea and afterwards when speaking to reporters. “For years I lived off my campaign,” Jackson said before entering his plea. “I used monies that should have been used for campaign purposes and I used them for personal purposes, and I used them for myself personally, to benefit me personally.” As he left the courtroom Wednesday, Jackson told a reporter: “Tell everybody back home, I’m sorry. I let them down, okay?” Jackson looked back at family, including his famous father, several times during the hearing, looking extremely downtrodden and also told the judge that he had no plans to “appeal or challenge your judgement.” He also told the judge: “To be perfectly candid, I have no interest in wasting taxpayer time or their money,” Jackson said. What a funny thing to say.
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