Report: Jackson allegedly improperly used campaign money to decorate home
BY NATASHA KORECKI Political Reporter Twitter: @natashakorecki October 14, 2012 7:20PM
Updated: November 16, 2012 6:23AM
U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s campaign finances are the subject of a federal probe after the congressman allegedly improperly used campaign money to decorate his home, according to a new report.
that a federal probe into the congressman centers on whether Jackson improperly used campaign money to decorate his home.
The Chicago Sun-Times on Friday first reported that Jackson was under federal investigation, a probe that began before he took a leave from Congress in June to seek medical help. Ultimately, the Jacksons said he suffered from bipolar depression.
The Sun-Times reported that the investigation was being handled out of Washington D.C. and was an entirely new area of scrutiny and did not involve the sale of the U.S. Senate seat — a case involving Rod Blagojevich where Jackson’s name repeatedly came up. Spokespeople representing Jackson were not talking on Sunday.
The Jacksons put their Washington, D.C., home on the market last month at a price of $2.5 million. The listing was public and included the property’s address as well as multiple photos of the inside of the home. A campaign spokesman said at the time that home was put on the market to pay for mounting medical bills.
Though Jackson represents a congressional district in Chicago and his wife, Sandi, is a Chicago alderman — both primarily live in D.C. and send their children to a private school there. They also have a residence in Chicago.
A day after the D.C. listing was made public, the couple subsequently took it back off the market, citing a security issue.
The revelation that Jackson is under federal scrutiny comes as questions have increasingly swirled around the congressman’s absence from his official duties in Washington and the campaign trail.
Citing exhaustion, Jackson stopped working, according to his staff, on June 10. His staff did not make that known until two weeks later, however.
He went to a clinic in Arizona then to the Mayo Clinic, which released a statement saying he was treated for bipolar depression. Jackson is up for reelection Nov. 6 but has not campaigned since he won the spring primary.