- Former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. was charged Friday with illegally spending $750,000 in campaign funds for personal use and could face up to 57 months in prison.
He faces four charges — conspiracy, making false statements, and mail and wire fraud, according to court documents. His wife, former Ald. Sandi Jackson, was charged in a separate information with filing false tax returns from 2006 to 2011.
Among the items Jackson Jr. allegedly purchased with campaign money was Martin Luther King Jr. memorabilia for $5,595, Bruce Lee memorabilia for $2,955, a $5,000 football signed by American presidents and more than $20,000 for a variety of Michael Jackson memorabilia, including a fedora the singer wore for $4,600.
Jackson Jr. also purchased mink cashmere capes and parkas with campaign money, as well as a $43,350 gold-plated, men’s Rolex watch and nearly $10,000 worth of children’s furniture.
All that money lying around....it's almost like he was obligated to spend it. Campaigning is so boring sometimes. But a Michael Jackson fedora? Now that is exciting.