Can We Stick a fork in Jesse, Jr.?

The political career of Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. may well be finished. As if all of the previous corruption allegations against him weren’t enough, today we hear about new ones. The new allegations seem even more serious than the accusations of offering Rod Blagojevich money in exchange for being appointed to the U.S. Senate.

In previous allegations, Jackson was accused of merely being the beneficiary of the fundraising efforts of others. Now, federal authorities say that Jackson actually directed those efforts directly. In fact, one of the key players is now saying that he was acting on Jackson’s own orders.

“Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. directed a major political fund-raiser to offer former Gov. Rod Blagojevich millions of dollars in campaign cash in return for an appointment to the U.S. Senate, sources said the fund-raiser has told federal authorities,” reports the Chicago Sun-Times. “The allegation by Oak Brook businessman Raghuveer Nayak counters public statements made as recently as last week by Jackson that he never authorized any deal to attempt to buy the Senate seat.”

And in another little blast from the past, I can’t figure how is it remotely legal for JJJ to have paid his wife $240,000+ in federal campaign funds under ALIASES– and why has no Chicago paper even sniffed the story?


Jesse Jackson’s FEC reports list payments as being made to J. Donatella & Associates, which [a staffer] described as “Sandi’s sole proprietorship” for her consulting work. The couple’s oldest child is 9-year-old Jessica Donatella Jackson.

From 2003 through mid-2005, the recipient is shown on Jackson’s reports as “Lee Stevens” or “Lee Steven” at the J. Donatella firm. Sandi Jackson’s middle name is Lee. Her maiden name is Stevens.

BTW – Have met Isaac Hayes http://www.isaac4honesty.com/index.asp