Feds: Jackson Jr. Stole $750K in Campaign Funds
Prosecutors push for nearly 5 years in jail as part of plea deal
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Feb 15, 2013 3:27 PM CST
Then-US Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.,and his wife, Sandi, arrive at a polling station for early voting, March 9, 2012.   (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

(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 will admit 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.

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kono50
Feb 16, 2013 6:25 PM CST
one thing i like about these discussions is that it brings out the roaches that like hiding out in the day time. they can hide behind walls. it is no wonder our country is in a total downfall. and it is not because of the black community. it is because of bigots who are in charge of the policy making. like stupid ass spete.
kono50
Feb 16, 2013 6:11 PM CST
never trust a black man? first off, i am a 52 year old 'white' man. and you dare make a stupid comment like that. this country is totally fucked up at the hands of us 'white' males. but to you and many others that is ok as long as we white folks screw it up. not only do you sound stupid, your are stupid. i don't even know you and i can tell by your comment. i do not condone what jackson did in any way. he should pay. but let him pay with the same punishment as if he were white. but i am sure in your eyes you would say no. you are apparently a dumb, stupid, evil redneck. you probably can't even spell your own name.
Spete
Feb 16, 2013 4:27 PM CST
Never trust a black man!!!!