In yet another (of countless) sign, Washington DC is now hopelessly corrupt, witness disgraced Illinois 'Democratic' Representative........ Jesse Jackson Jr.
Jackson will collect tens of thousands of dollars in government disability pay, all while serving time for defrauding government.
Seems the feds bought his last-minute claims of a "mood disorder," qualifying him for a reported $8,700 a month in federal aid.
outrageous largess comes on top of a partial federal pension of $45,000
he'll also collect, despite his sins in office. This is the same
convicted swindler who lined his pockets with federal campaign cash.
the feds were closing in on Jackson, he suddenly didn't feel so hot. He
vanished for two weeks from his Capitol office before his staff
disclosed he was on medical leave for "exhaustion."
it became obvious the lawmaker wasn't returning, and more obvious that
the feds were preparing an indictment, Democratic leaders pressed his
staff for more information. They responded that his condition was worse
than previously thought and required hospitalization.
previously described exhaustion was actually "emotional problems,"
which then turned into "mood swings," which later became a full-blown
Jackson family finally settled on a diagnosis of "bipolar disorder," a
mental illness that conveniently makes Junior eligible for generous
Junior never showed any symptoms during his 17 years as a U.S.
lawmaker. His illness didn't appear until FBI agents started knocking.
first looked into a 2008 meeting his top fundraiser had with convicted
Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to try to get Jackson the Senate seat
vacated when Obama moved to the White House.
agents probed that bribery scheme, for which his fundraiser went to
jail, they discovered other Jackson graft. Turned out the preacher's son
had been using campaign cash as a "personal piggy bank" to buy luxury
items for himself and his wife.
his symptoms worsened in a pathetic sympathy ploy, which worked. Last
month, Jackson received a relatively light sentence of 30 months in
admitted spending at least $750,000 of public funds on personal items,
including a $43,350 gold Rolex, $5,150 worth of mink capes and parkas
from Beverly Hills, a $4,600 Michael Jackson fedora and $2,200 worth of
Malcolm X memorabilia.
feds plan to auction off the loot, along with ill-gotten jewelry,
cashmere caps and a pair of elk heads that once hung in the Jackson
had faced 46 to 57 months in jail under a plea agreement. His wife,
Sandi, who also recently resigned from public office, pleaded guilty to
separate tax fraud charges.
The indictment says Jackson engaged in at least a seven-year conspiracy to defraud the public. And it may even predate 2005.
a decade ago, the conservative press reported Jackson failed to
disclose real-estate assets and income on his congressional financial
also discovered he got a sweetheart mortgage on a nine-bedroom mansion.
He owned two other properties, plus five BMWs costing a total of
major media ignored the suspicious small fortune Jackson had amassed,
along with his failure to fully disclose it. The Sunday news shows even
ignored Jackson's indictment.
Now they're looking the other way as another corrupt Democrat cashes in on a career of crime.