2.21.2013

How about we talk Jesse Jackson, Jr.?

From the Huffington Post:
Now that federal charges have been filed and guilty pleas given in the case of ex-Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife Sandi's collusion to illegally spend $750,000 worth of campaign cash on personal items over a period of nearly seven years, one big question remains: What'd they spend all that money on?

The items range from the mundane -- groceries, drugstore purchases and home appliances -- to the extravagant -- about $28,000 in Michael Jackson memorabilia, about $8,000 for a pair of mounted elk heads and over $17,000 spent at tobacco shops -- to the sad: $313.89 spent at Build-a-Bear ahead of the holidays, presumably for the Jacksons' children.

In court Wednesday, Jackson Jr., 47, admitted that he had been living off his campaign funds "for years." A jail sentence of up to 57 months in prison has been recommended for him, while prosecutors say they are seeking a sentence of up to 24 months for Sandi Jackson, a former Chicago city councilwoman. They will be sentenced in late June.
I'm sorry, but did anyone else laugh?

17 comments:

  1. Not really, I shook my head. It takes a lot for me to laugh.

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  2. Tsk tsk, someone needs to learn to embezzle and steal better. I'd be happy to give him a few pointers to avoid future mishaps. ;)

    ... perhaps I shouldn't have typed that.

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  3. He should have known better.

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    1. Yep. Big Brother is always watching.

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  4. How could you NOT laugh at the mink and cashmere capes? It's like he works part time as a pimp in Chicago and calls himself Silky if he is roaming about in mink capes...

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  5. Awe Chicago, my home sweet home where we send more politicians to jail than any other city/state. Except Daley knew when to book out with his money and all the dirty deeds he did. You would think politicians here would get a clue, but nope.

    You know what's also not mentioned is they used money to also remodel their home. I remember it was either 2-3 years ago on HGTV I watched the special on the Jackson's getting the home remodeled. So when the scandal broke my mind always go back to that.

    http://www.myfoxchicago.com/story/20113136/hgtv-home-renovation-show-features-jackson-jrs-chicago-home

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    1. I heard stories about Jesse way back so I'm not at all surprised. I bet he used some of that money for his love child too.

      Once Ganster's Disciples tried to become legit and get into politics, I think this was back in the 90's?, but they got a lot of support from people I remember. I honestly think they'd be an improvement.

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    2. Um, are you confusing Jr. with Sr. I didn't think Jr. had a love child too...I just saw photos of him cavorting with white women...my dad says give a black man today $10 and he'll spend the first 9 getting himself a white woman...

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    3. Aah you are correct. His father had the love child. Not surprised to see that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree though.

      As for the saying... your father is very wise.

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  6. Leo Princess2/22/13, 1:39 PM

    What I'd give to see the same punishment reach Jamaican politicians.

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    1. Lol right? I watched a documentary on Marcus Garvey at a meeting of Jamaican Intellectuals @ UofT with my friend who's president of the club and apparently Garvey absconded with funds of followers in Jamaica before he went to Harlem. When we got to that part my friend quipped "That sounds like a lot of Jamaican politicians."

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  7. So...they spent thousands of dollars on themselves and a couple of hundred (practically) on their kids?

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    1. Leo Princess2/23/13, 9:57 PM

      Priorities, man.

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    2. Yeah, I noticed that too. I mean, you hook yourself up with mink capes and you get your kids a couple of teddy bears? Selfish.

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    3. They also spent $9,584 on children's furniture apparently. Not private school or extracurricular activities/training.


      And another $1,553 on porcelain collectors items? I'm guessing like the the kind you could get at a garage sale or even on Ebay *SMH*

      The furs they bought were hideous also. This is why money does not buy class.

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