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MICHAEL SNEED: Jackson wrote the book on shameless spending

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The Jackson file . . .

It’s stupefying!

Sneed has learned that former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., who pleaded guilty Wednesday to shameless spending, co-authored a book in 1999 about . . . shameless spending!

Titled “It’s About the Money! The Fourth Movement of the Freedom Symphony: How to Build Wealth, Get Access to Capital, and Achieve Your Financial Dreams,” the book is a compendium of financial advice Jackson apparently never took.

Dedicated to his wife, former Ald. Sandi Jackson, who also pleaded guilty Wednesday, the book was written with his father, the Rev. Jesse Jackson.

The book states:

“Living above your means is a financial sin — and the wages of sin is economic death. The rock-and-roll legend Elvis Presley, though fabulously wealthy, squandered his money on fancy cars and often found himself living paycheck to paycheck. Although he was rich, his habits were poor. And he paid the penalty.”

◆ The irony: Triple J pleaded guilty Wednesday to buying tons of celebrity memorabilia involving Michael Jackson, Bruce Lee and Martin Luther King Jr. — whileillegally spending campaign funds totaling $750,000 on nightlife, wildlife — two stuffed elk heads — and home life.

◆ Quoth Jackson to the judge: “Sir, for years I lived in my campaign . . . I used monies that should have been used for campaign purposes and I used them for myself personally, to benefit me personally.”

◆ The shocker: Stan Brand, the former general counsel of the House of Representatives, told reporters that Triple J’s campaign theft is the largest he had ever seen.

◆ Book excerpts: “It is childish behavior to want to buy everything you see and to not take control of your financial destiny.” . . . “Too many people buy what they want and beg for what they need. They spend themselves into poverty. They end up poor because they’re gullible and greedy.”

◆ The sad shot: Jackson Sr. wrote that he hoped his children would develop a work ethic, fiscal discipline and a trustworthy character.

Wow.

The alcohol connection . . .

Booze buzz: On Triple J’s campaign coffer purchase list was $5,814.43 on alcohol, an addiction Jackson claims he was not being treated for specifically — but could be impacted by medication he was taking for his mental problems.

◆ The upshot: The federal judge at Jackson’s plea hearing in Washington, D.C., Wednesday asked if he had anything to drink within 24 hours of the hearing. “One beer on Tuesday,” was his response.

The Hillary file . . .

$$$$$ Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is still on the mend following a horrific bathroom fall, will charge $200,000 per speech — more than her $186,000 salary per year when she was secretary of state.

The women’s room . . .

Bravo! The federal day care center at Chicago’s Everett M. Dirksen Courthouse will be baptized with the moniker of its consummate benefactor: Federal Judge Joan Humphrey Lefkow, who played a major role in the center’s establishment years ago . . . I wanna Ilana: Congrats to federal Judge Ilana Rovner on her surprise wedding to Dr. Paul Friedmann in Springfield, Mass., the day after Valentine’s Day. The High Hens, led by clutch chick — former U.S. Labor Secretary Lynn Martin — are cluck cluck clucking.

A Newt note . . .

Busy busy busy: Former GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich and wife Callista, in town for tandem book tours and political strategist David Axelrod’s University of Chicago political forum Tuesday night, were spotted dining at the posh RL eatery before heading to Wheaton College to do research on a Billy Graham documentary they are making.

I spy . . .

The Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane flew in his family from New York on Saturday night to dine with his parents at Chicago Cut Steakhouse . . . Mayor Rahm Emanuel brought wife Amy and kids Zach, Ilana and Leah to Chicago Children’s Theatre’s hit show “Bud, Not Buddy” Saturday night at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts . . . NBA All-Star Weekend found the Chicago Bulls’ Derrick Rose hanging out at N9NE Steakhouse Chicago on Friday, dining with friends.

Sneedlings . . .

Look for Chicago native actor Danny Goldring in Pine Box Theater Company’s “25 SAINTS,” opening Thursday at the Greenhouse Theater Center . . . Thursday’s birthdays: Jennifer Love Hewitt, 34; Tricia Nixon Cox, 67, and David Geffen, 70.



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