SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Jackson pleads guilty: “Tell everybody I’m sorry I let them down”

Wednesday, Feb 20, 2013

* What a totally unnecessary and disgraceful waste

Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. pleaded guilty Wednesday in a federal courtroom in Washington, D.C., to conspiring to illegally spend about $750,000 in campaign money on personal uses, including a Rolex, pricey memorabilia, furs and other luxury items.

“For years I lived off my campaign. I used money that should have been for campaign purposes for personal purposes,” Jackson said in court, as he broke down several times, getting tissues from his lawyers.

In explaining his decision to plead guilty, Jackson said: “I have no interest in wasting the taxpayers’ time or their money.”

“I’m guilty, your honor,” Jackson said.

“Tell everybody I’m sorry I let them down,” he said outside the courtroom.

He was an effective congressman, and he could’ve continued to be one for many years to come. But he just didn’t ever think that campaign laws applied to him. He constantly sent out campaign press releases from his government office, then come to find out he was using campaign cash to buy Michael Jackson memorabilia, among other things.

* The Sun-Times has a ScribbleLive thingy running today

Keep an eye on that because Sandi Jackson is expected to plead guilty today, too. There will also be a press conference by the US Attorney.

* Details

Jackson Jr. entered a negotiated plea of guilty on one felony count of conspiracy to commit false statements, wire fraud and mail fraud. Prosecutors say he spent campaign contributions to buy luxury items, memorabilia and other goods. […]

Attorneys familiar with public corruption investigations said the amount of campaign cash that prosecutors said was converted to personal use in this case is the largest of any that they can remember. […]

Prosecutors accused Jackson Jr. of improper spending of campaign cash for a $43,350 men’s Rolex watch, nearly $9,600 in children’s furniture and $5,150 in cashmere clothing and furs. She is charged with filing false tax returns for six years, most recently calendar year 2011.

Prosecutors are seeking a $750,000 judgment against Jackson Jr. and the forfeiture of thousands of dollars of goods he purchased, including cashmere clothing, furs and an array of memorabilia from celebrities including Michael Jackson, Bruce Lee and civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

Discuss.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


33 Comments
  1. - Bill - Wednesday, Feb 20, 13 @ 11:48 am:

    OH NO!!!Not the cashmere!


  2. - wordslinger - Wednesday, Feb 20, 13 @ 11:48 am:

    The brazenness is shocking, given all the federal heat in Chicago. Risking it all — freedom, family, office — for junk like a watch and celebrity memorabilia?

    Still, if he hadn’t continued to be so brazen in chasing Blago for the Senate seat, the federales might never have taken a hard look, and he’d still be in Congress.

    It’s hardly a tragedy. Kids getting cancer are tragedies. Taking such high risks for a bunch of junk is just pathetic.


  3. - Loop Lady - Wednesday, Feb 20, 13 @ 11:52 am:

    Spending sprees can be a hallmark of bipolar illness when mania/impulsivity sets in…this is not an excuse for his behavior, but I do feel for his children and his constituents….


  4. - Leave a Light on George - Wednesday, Feb 20, 13 @ 11:56 am:

    Who knew that mink coats were reversible?


  5. - 47th Ward - Wednesday, Feb 20, 13 @ 11:59 am:

    I can’t wait for the auction. I’ve got my eye on some of that Bruce Lee memorabilia.

    Enter the Dragon meets Exit the House.


  6. - Anonymour - Wednesday, Feb 20, 13 @ 12:13 pm:

    One or two spending sprees might fit with bipolar disorder. Taking $750,000 with your wife over many years is harder to fit into the “my bipolar disorder made me do it” excuse.


  7. - shore - Wednesday, Feb 20, 13 @ 12:15 pm:

    She has to do jail time. She was a part of this.


  8. - Geneva Guy - Wednesday, Feb 20, 13 @ 12:21 pm:

    $5600 for a Martha’s Vinyard Holistic Retreat? They may have had Michael Jackson’s fedora but it didn’t make them Smooth Criminals.


  9. - Mr.Big Trouble - Wednesday, Feb 20, 13 @ 12:24 pm:

    I agree w/ Shore that the Mrs. needs to do some time. Part of the evil, self important partnership w/ J3, and there are plenty of family members who can watch the kids while she thinks about her actions behind bars.


  10. - VanillaMan - Wednesday, Feb 20, 13 @ 12:30 pm:

    Jackson got bored. He always considered the 2nd District to be a little stepping stone on his way to the Oval Office. He discovered otherwise. He hung in there and tried to make it interesting for him until something else opened up, but nothing really did.

    He was given the 2nd. Just like he had been given the very best of private educations in the world’s most exclusive schools. The little prince got tired of his little fiefdom.

    His last election clearly showed that this district is ridiculously partisan. You can’t get much sillier and expect to have any statewide or national appeal. He didn’t even show up last year to work or to campaign, yet he easily won the nomination and the election.

    In that atmosphere, over a decade, a young little prince is going to stop striving. And start having affairs, spending money on embarrassing crap, padding his family with connections and riches and political offices. And just becoming a nuisance for everyone.

    Glad he is gone. He got useless about eight years ago.


  11. - Anon - Wednesday, Feb 20, 13 @ 12:35 pm:

    Wow, the Rolex was practically a drop in the bucket.


  12. - Stones - Wednesday, Feb 20, 13 @ 12:39 pm:

    I’d love to see that $43,000 Rolex!


  13. - Mr. Ethics - Wednesday, Feb 20, 13 @ 12:40 pm:

    So what happens to the Peotone airport?


  14. - hisgirlfriday - Wednesday, Feb 20, 13 @ 1:08 pm:

    I guess I’ve gone soft in that I do not want to see both Jackson parents behind bars.

    For one thing, I don’t understand why Sandi Jackson deserves jail time but Patti Blago didn’t, supposedly because prosecutors didn’t want to orphan the Blago girls.

    I also don’t understand the inconsistencies in how justice is meted out in public corruption cases generally…

    I mean Trips is going to get multiple years for essentially stealing from his campaign donors, and Blago got 14 years, but then people like Cellini get enough fan letters written about him and a favorable judge lets him practically walk, even when his family has made a lot more money off government contracts and government connections than $750,000. I just don’t get it.


  15. - Responsa - Wednesday, Feb 20, 13 @ 1:53 pm:

    Lynn Sweet’s tweets are dynamite. I agree with Wordslinger. The stupid and clumsy attempted senate seat purchase shined a light and opened Pandora’s box a crack for the feds who might otherwise never have delved deeply into the Jackson’s finances. Greed is NOT good.

    How will the current candidates to replace him respond on this day?


  16. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Feb 20, 13 @ 2:06 pm:

    Good enough for him….let The Reverend babysit while justice is served


  17. - dupage dan - Wednesday, Feb 20, 13 @ 2:13 pm:

    I, too, wonder about the comparison between Ms Jackson and Ms Blagojevich. Clearly both were engaged in shenanigans but only one was charged. I can’t claim to know the specifics, tho. Why one and not the other?


  18. - dupage dan - Wednesday, Feb 20, 13 @ 2:16 pm:

    Folks with bipolar disorder can run up some impressive spending amounts - all limited to the resources at hand. Involving a second person, tho, is harder to explain. Folie a deux?


  19. - Jechislo - Wednesday, Feb 20, 13 @ 3:00 pm:

    George Ryan was not shown any mercy. It should be the same for Jesse or any other eoected official that misuses funds.


  20. - wishbone - Wednesday, Feb 20, 13 @ 3:00 pm:

    ““Tell everybody I’m sorry I let them down,” he said outside the courtroom.”

    At least he had the grace to apologize, something the arrogant George Ryan could never bring himself to do.


  21. - Jechislo - Wednesday, Feb 20, 13 @ 3:01 pm:

    elected official that is


  22. - Darienite - Wednesday, Feb 20, 13 @ 3:13 pm:

    ==”I mean Trips is going to get multiple years for essentially stealing from his campaign donors, and Blago got 14 years, but then people like Cellini get enough fan letters written about him and a favorable judge lets him practically walk, even when his family has made a lot more money off government contracts and government connections than $750,000. I just don’t get it.”
    JJJ and Blago were elected officials - Cellini was not. All 3 deserve some time at the gray bar hotel.


  23. - hisgirlfriday - Wednesday, Feb 20, 13 @ 3:56 pm:

    OK if being an elected official is the thing… then what about Vrdolyak getting less than a year (after first getting just probation) when his real estate kickback scheme was for twice as much as the $750k that Trips took from his campaign.


  24. - wordslinger - Wednesday, Feb 20, 13 @ 4:08 pm:

    –OK if being an elected official is the thing… then what about Vrdolyak getting less than a year (after first getting just probation) when his real estate kickback scheme was for twice as much as the $750k that Trips took from his campaign.–

    That was an interesting episode, wasn’t it?

    I’ll put on my tinfoil hat: to borrow from Paul Ricca, Fast Eddie had more brains for breakfast than Trips had all day.

    Fast Eddie got caught up with Levine. But I suspect he’d been pretty helpful over the years to the federales in certain cases, and I’m certain that no one in Illinois wanted him spilling his guts on everything he knew to avoid hard time.

    He was a different breed of cat, back in the day, walked in a lot of worlds.


  25. - LincolnLounger - Wednesday, Feb 20, 13 @ 4:37 pm:

    I just can’t get out of my head Sandi Jackson’s press release and behavior as she resigned trying to strong-arm her replacement’s appointment and referring to herself as the “First Lady of the Congressional District”. Delusional.


  26. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Feb 20, 13 @ 5:38 pm:

    Let’s be quite clear, neither Jackson is goig to get a “Vrodolyak Special”

    Once they said it was the largest they had seen in recent memory, that took the “Eddie V” off the table.


  27. - Chicago Cynic - Wednesday, Feb 20, 13 @ 6:25 pm:

    I agree - Sandi should do time and so should Patti. I understand why the Feds are letting both off with no jail because of the kids, but it’s hard to argue that justice has been done.

    As to Rich’s statement that “He was an effective congressman,” I beg to differ. It seems to me that he blew all his credibility and effort on his completely fruitless crusade to bring a 3rd “Chicago” airport to Peotone. Beyond, that, I’m hard pressed to point to a single achievement he has to show for his 17 years in office.


  28. - Just The Way It Is One - Wednesday, Feb 20, 13 @ 6:25 pm:

    The more I read, the extent of his abuse of his campaign funds is both truly sickening and shocking–Sandy’s omissions are horrible, too. And to think that his father stood right next to Martin on that fateful day. It’s yet another sad, embarrassing day for Illinois, but this time, for the Nation as well…


  29. - Church Lady - Wednesday, Feb 20, 13 @ 7:47 pm:

    Sandi had her OWN political fund, Mrs. B did not. Sandi also defrauded the IRS.


  30. - Arthur Andersen - Wednesday, Feb 20, 13 @ 8:50 pm:

    -that took the “Eddie V. off the table-
    To say the least, Willy.

    Next on “Pawn Stars”
    Old Man: What do you have there, son?
    Trips: It’s Eddie Van Halen’s guitar! Cool, huh?
    Old Man: That ain’t music to me, young man. Were you looking to pawn it or sell it today, and how much are you asking?
    Trips: Sell it, and how about $6000?
    Rick: Ain’t no way that’s gonna happen. I need to call in an expert before I’ll make an offer.
    Trips: $500?
    Rick: $325 and you have a deal.
    Trips: Sold!
    Rick: Chum, write him up.
    Chum: Come on with me, sir. You sure look familiar. Are you Will Smith?
    Big Hoss: My God, Chum!


  31. - ChicagoDem - Wednesday, Feb 20, 13 @ 8:56 pm:

    I wonder what is worse. To have stolen 750K or to have had an illigitimate child and everything associated with it. After all, Sr. is a man of the cloth who lied and cheated on his wife.


  32. - Waldi - Wednesday, Feb 20, 13 @ 10:38 pm:

    Do other criminals with children get the same consideration during sentencing (reduced or no jail time)? I truly don’t know - but think the law should apply equally.


  33. - Anon - Thursday, Feb 21, 13 @ 12:56 am:

    I think the furniture incident as mentioned in the Sun-Times should be enough for Ms. Jackson to face time if not for being pulled into her husbands activities.

    I understand people who feel bad for the children but sometimes children have two bad parents.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Reader comments closed until Monday
* TrackBill update
* Caption contest!
* It's worse than we thought
* Question of the day
* Long-term debt is not short-term debt
* Today's quotable
* Yesterday's blog posts

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............


Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

          
        * Nexus 6 Stand Folio Case now available on Google Play
        * Chainfire updates SuperSU, CF-Auto-Root, How-to SU
        * 10 excellent movies to stream on Netflix over Thanksgiving weekend
        * Opera Mini for Android gets updated
        * YubiKeys by Yubico provide two-factor authentication by USB
        * Windows Phone 8.1 Finally Breaks The 50% Market Share Threshold
        * Germany’s Linshof i8 boasts 80 GB of storage

        * Who Said It First Tracks Down the First Tweet on Any Topic
        * Give Babies and Young Kids Less Frequent Baths to Reduce Eczema Issues
        * ReWalk Exoskeleton Helps Marine Walk Again
        * Apple and (RED) Team Up to Help Raise Funds to Fight AIDS
        * Kotex Creates Best Site of All Time, Period
        * Keep Gravy Warm and Smooth for Hours in a Thermos
        * How to stop Twitter from seeing what mobile apps you’ve installed

        * Catching up with Tadahito Iguchi
        * White Sox ACE program helps send players to college
        * Additional 2005 fan-favorite players added to '15 SoxFest
        * White Sox introduce Adam LaRoche and their plans for him
        * White Sox plan for contention a work in progress
        * White Sox officially announce LaRoche deal
        * Red Sox seize offseason driver's seat with signings

        ...............


        Main Menu
        Home
        Illinois
        YouTube
        Pundit rankings
        Obama
        Subscriber Content
        Durbin
        Burris
        Blagojevich Trial
        Advertising
        Updated Posts
        Polls

        Archives
        November 2014
        October 2014
        September 2014
        August 2014
        July 2014
        June 2014
        May 2014
        April 2014
        March 2014
        February 2014
        January 2014
        December 2013
        November 2013
        October 2013
        September 2013
        August 2013
        July 2013
        June 2013
        May 2013
        April 2013
        March 2013
        February 2013
        January 2013
        December 2012
        November 2012
        October 2012
        September 2012
        August 2012
        July 2012
        June 2012
        May 2012
        April 2012
        March 2012
        February 2012
        January 2012
        December 2011
        November 2011
        October 2011
        September 2011
        August 2011
        July 2011
        June 2011
        May 2011
        April 2011
        March 2011
        February 2011
        January 2011
        December 2010
        November 2010
        October 2010
        September 2010
        August 2010
        July 2010
        June 2010
        May 2010
        April 2010
        March 2010
        February 2010
        January 2010
        December 2009
        November 2009
        October 2009
        September 2009
        August 2009
        July 2009
        June 2009
        May 2009
        April 2009
        March 2009
        February 2009
        January 2009
        December 2008
        November 2008
        October 2008
        September 2008
        August 2008
        July 2008
        June 2008
        May 2008
        April 2008
        March 2008
        February 2008
        January 2008
        December 2007
        November 2007
        October 2007
        September 2007
        August 2007
        July 2007
        June 2007
        May 2007
        April 2007
        March 2007
        February 2007
        January 2007
        December 2006
        November 2006
        October 2006
        September 2006
        August 2006
        July 2006
        June 2006
        May 2006
        April 2006
        March 2006
        February 2006
        January 2006
        December 2005
        April 2005
        March 2005
        February 2005
        January 2005
        December 2004
        November 2004
        October 2004

        Blog*Spot Archives
        November 2005
        October 2005
        September 2005
        August 2005
        July 2005
        June 2005
        May 2005

        Syndication

        RSS Feed 2.0
        Comments RSS 2.0
        WordPress

        Loading


        * Hot meals provided to homeless across Chicago area..
        * Rauners serve Thanksgiving meals at West Side s.....
        * Will Rauner want the mansion?..
        * Let's give thanks for aldermanic elections..


        * Against odds, Chicago school aims for championship
        * Woman's body found near Whiteside county jail
        * Against odds, Chicago school aims for championship
        * Liver transplant recipient marks 25th anniversary
        * Woman's body found near Whiteside county jail
        * VSU chief financial officer to leave for new job
        * Collinsville man guilty of murder in fatal wreck
        * 3 arrested in Chicago during Ferguson protest
        * Clemency for man wrongfully jailed for 1991 murder
        * Illinois doctor fined over medical marijuana slip

        * Illinois attorney general files notice of appeal in pension case
        * Quinn grants clemency to 126 ahead of holiday
        * Illinois gives $4.5M food banks for modernization
        * State begins accepting fracking applications
        * Debt rating agencies weigh in on state pension ruling
        * Lisa Madigan to ask Illinois Supreme Court to consider pensions
        * Rauner tackles transition agenda
        * Attorney general warns of immigration scams
        * State pension changes ruled unconstitutional; appeal to Illinois Supreme Court next
        * State to refund $60 million in retiree health care money

        * Most BP oil spill claims handled correctly, McGladrey says
        * Illinois AG Madigan files notice of appeal in pension case
        * Congressmen sound alarm over anti-Asian Carp move
        * Motorola Mobility loses bid to extend antitrust law reach
        * Chicago business activity is growing—but at a slower pace


        * Thanksgiving parade draws thousands to State Street
        * Former alderman, North Lawndale activist Jesse Miller dies at 72
        * Rauners don hairnets, serve Thanksgiving to homeless
        * Norman Schoer, viola player with Grant Park Orchestra and Lyric Opera, dies at 103
        * Cupich: Work needed to ‘repair our broken immigration system’
        * Obama 2014 Thanksgiving menu: Turkey, Ham, six kinds of pies
        * Obama guidance, press schedule Nov 27-30, 2014 Thanksgiving break
        * Charity event looks like turkey tokenism
        * Decatur Classical parents want to expand into old Stewart building
        * Cupich: More must be done to ‘repair our broken immigration system’


        * Boat service provider negligent in fatal accident, lawsuit alleges
        * Cupich celebrates Thanksgiving Mass, prays with the poor
        * Archbishop Cupich emphasizes spiritual blessings at Lake Forest Thanksgiving mass
        * 1 shot on South Side
        * Judge reassigned after failing to follow contempt rules, officials say
        * Pre-Thanksgiving revelers in Naperville unfazed by new alcohol rules
        * Woman shot dead in apparent domestic-related shooting in Gary
        * Ferguson protester in Chicago charged with felony
        * Thanksgiving Day Parade kicks off at Congress and State
        * Crash-and-grab burglars hitting high-end stores in suburbs and Chicago


        * LLCC Offers Variety Of Community Education Classes
        * Incoming U of I President Speaks To Springfield Audience
        * Another Year Of "Messiah" For Springfield Choral Society
        * New Exhibit On Lincoln's "Undying Words"
        * Locals Organize For Vigil In Response To Ferguson
        * Illinois Hunters Kill 52,000 Deer Over The Weekend
        * Pension Ruling "Credit Negative," But No Ratings Change
        * Tim Landis: Foreclosure Sales, CIPS Icehouse and Heritage River Trail
        * Part Timers & Manufacturing in Illinois Feeling a Slow Economic Recovery
        * Notes From Ferguson: A QA With St. Louis Public Radio's Rachel Lippmann


        * Our Opinion: Help combat hunger this holiday season
        * Eugene Robinson: On replacement, caution urged
        * George Will: Thanks, or something
        * Quote of the Day: Nov. 27, 2014
        * Illinois attorney general files notice of appeal in pension case
        * Quinn grants clemency to 126 ahead of holiday
        * Illinois gives $4.5M food banks for modernization
        * Michael Gerson: The big ‘but’ on immigration
        * Quote of the Day: Nov. 26, 2014
        * State begins accepting fracking applications


        * Murphysboro teen arrested for shooting at father
        * Turkey Trot a family tradition
        * Thanksgiving Day shopper
        * Kenneth Saul
        * Indiana State Pregame 11-27-14
        * LIVE! Indiana State from Las Vegas
        * Library to host senior citizen program
        * Volunteers, staff put turkey in Thanksgiving
        * Minonk Christmas light parade set Dec. 6
        * News in brief 11/27/14


        * Images: Thanksgiving Day in the Suburbs
        * Round Lake Beach cops help to brighten Thanksgiving Day for needy
        * Extreme sport "gave me back my life," South Barrington man says
        * Runners enjoy Long Grove Turkey Trot
        * Beer and wine tasting benefit:

        * Representative Jan Schakowsky Statement in...
        * Randy Hultgren, Candidate for U.S. Congres...
        * Schakowsky, Gutiérrez, Quigley send letter...
        * Our View: Randy Hultgren for 14th Congress...
        * Representatives Schakowsky, Gutierrez, Qui...
        * Meet the people saved by Obamacare - Chica...
        * U.S. Reps Say O'Hare Noise Hotline Needs R...
        * O'Hare noise complaints increase; Quigley,...
        * Gutierrez: Obama's immigration delay cost ...
        * Luis Gutierrez: 'My Responsibility' to Reg...

        * Durbin Celebrates Obama’s Announcement at ......
        * We Blew It On Obamacare, Top Democrat Admi......

        * Iran's Supreme Leader supports extending t......
        * Chicago Tribuen: Squeeze a stalling Iran t......

        * "Nigerian Kitchen" Closes On Wilson
        * #HappyThanksgiving from The Sixth Ward blog!
        * In Chicago the race is on. It’s easy as ABC.
        * Lisa Madigan files her appeal.
        * The Better Government Association continues to spread the lie about public employee pensions.
        * Happy Thanksgiving. “My idea,” says Rahm.
        * Chicago parents demand answers from Emanuel after sex ed lessons revealed
        * Happy Thanksgiving
        * We're Grateful To Live In Uptown, And For You
        * Will Thanksgiving meal someday come at shopping mall food court?


        * Governor Quinn Announces Investment to Help Regional Food Banks Better Serve Those in Need - Governor’s Investment Will Ensure Lower Cost and Higher Efficiency for Services Reaching Nearly 2 Million Illinois Residents
        * Governor Pat Quinn Takes Clemency Action
        * Governor Quinn Statement on Abner Mikva Receiving Nation’s Highest Civilian Honor
        * Department of Insurance Announces Multi-State Settlement with Symetra Life Insurance and Symetra National Life Insurance Company - Illinois will share part of a $1.2 million penalty against Symetra Life regarding Life Insurance policies
        * Avoid Foodborne Illness This Holiday Season




            Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller