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Jackson Jr.'s Downfall Tied To Objects, Not Power

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CHICAGO (AP) -- Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife have agreed to plead guilty to charges in an alleged scheme to spend $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items. The following is a look at the items listed in Jackson Jr.'s charging document, when they were allegedly purchased and for how much:

- gold-plated men's Rolex watch, July 2007, $43,350

- Bruce Lee memorabilia, bought between August 2007 and August 2008, $10,105

- porcelain collector's items, January 2008, $1,553.09

- children's furniture, July 2008, $9,587.64

- the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. memorabilia, August and September 2008, $11,130

- football signed by U.S. presidents, February 2009, $5,000

- Michael Jackson memorabilia, bought between August 2009 and March 2010, $22,700

- fur capes and parkas, November 2009, $5,150

- Eddie Van Halen guitar and Michael Jackson memorabilia, November 2009, $4,000

- Malcolm X memorabilia, February 2010, $2,200

- Jimi Hendrix memorabilia, March 2010, $2,775

 


 

CHICAGO (AP) -- For all the talk of Jesse Jackson Jr. aspiring to be a U.S. senator or mayor of the nation's third-largest city, his career wasn't ended by attempts to amass political power.

Instead, it was the former congressman's desire for flashy items like a Rolex watch and furs, and collectibles, such as Eddie Van Halen's guitar.

Longtime Chicago political analyst Paul Green calls it "sad." Green says the popular son of a civil rights icon was in a position to be elected to higher office.

Jackson Jr. was charged Friday with spending $750,000 in campaign money on personal expenses. The charges came about three months after Jackson resigned, citing his struggle with bipolar disorder.

Congressman Danny Davis wonders if the purchases were an indication of Jackson's bipolar condition manifesting itself.

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