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Jackson admits misusing campaign funds

February 20, 2013
Washington Post

GARY CAMERON/REUTERS - Former Chicago congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. enters the U.S. District Federal Courthouse in Washington on Wednesday.

By Ann E. Marimow

A remorseful and emotional Jesse L. Jackson Jr. faced the criminal charges against him in federal court Wednesday, admitting to misusing campaign funds to benefit himself and his wife.

Federal charges filed against Jesse Jackson Jr., wife

February 15, 2013
Chicago Tribune

By Katherine Skiba Tribune reporter

WASHINGTON— Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. was charged today with violating federal law by misusing campaign funds.

Jackson, 47, a Democrat from Chicago, faces felony charges, including conspiracy, in a criminal information filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Typically, federal prosecutors use an information to charge defendants when a plea deal has been negotiated.

His wife, Sandi Jackson, was charged in an information with one count of filing false tax returns.

Jackson Jr. accused of using campaign funds to decorate home

October 15, 2012

Julie Unruh WGN News
6:27 p.m. CDT, October 15, 2012

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s use of campaign cash is reportedly the target of a federal investigation.

The Wall Street Journal reports, a new federal investigation is looking into whether Congressman Jackson used campaign cash to pay for furniture and other decorations inside his home.

Sandi Jackson joins husband in pleading guilty

February 20, 2013
Chicago Tribune

Jesse Jackson Jr. pleads guilty to misusing campaign funds.

By Katherine Skiba, Jeff Coen and Wes Venteicher Tribune reporters

Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, former Chicago Ald. Sandi Jackson, pleaded guilty today in what prosecutors said was a conspiracy to siphon about $750,000 in federal campaign funds for their personal use.

Jackson: Asking fundraiser to buy plane ticket for woman did not violate ethics rules

February 7, 2011
Chicago Tribune

Congressman defends actions amid probe linked to Blagojevich scandal

By Rick Pearson, Chicago Tribune reporter

U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. said Monday that he did not violate House ethics rules when he had a longtime friend and fundraiser buy a plane ticket for a woman who had a secret relationship with the congressman.

Jackson testifies that ex-governor said he should have given $25,000 to Blagojevich campaign

May 26, 2011
Chicago Tribune

Blago, thank you very much: Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. gives an Elvis impersonation and something that might stick

Congressman Jackson, Rahm Emanuel Testify as Blagojevich Defense Witnesses

May 25, 2011
Bloomberg News

By Mario Parker -

U.S. Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. and Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel appeared as defense witnesses for Rod Blagojevich, the ex-Illinois governor being tried on corruption charges.

Jackson, an Illinois Democrat, and Emanuel, a former Illinois congressman and White House chief of staff, took the stand today in U.S. District Court in Chicago, where Blagojevich has been on trial since May 2.

Jesse Jackson Jr. testifies of alleged extortion in Blagojevich retrial

May 25, 2011
Chicago Sun-Times


When former Gov. Rod Blagojevich called U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. to testify Wednesday, it was in an effort to bolster his defense against corruption charges. But it might prove to have been a disastrous choice, as Jackson leveled a previously undisclosed extortion allegation against Blagojevich.