Campaign Coffers are Easily Pilfered; The FEC’s a Joke & Politicians + their Top-Dogs “Tooked” Campaign $$$ All the Time

November 13, 2012


WASHINGTON, D.C. by Ivy Harper (exclusive)

I have a sibling who once questioned where a colleague “got” something that cost a boatload of money the colleague didn’t have.

The pilferer replied with a wink, “I just ‘tooked’ it.'”

Here’s the truth about campaign coffers: they serve as politicians’ personal piggy banks. I should clarify that and say some politicians’ because – obviously, obviously, obviously – there are ethical elected officials in each and every state who wouldn’t dream of stealing from leftover campaign accounts.

I bring this subject up because of the news that Jesse Jackson, Jr. is – as we speak – being charged with felony misuse of campaign funds that he spent on lavish home decorations and jewelry.

Jesse Jackson Jr hires lawyer, possible plea deal, resignation: reports

U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. speaks at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in DenverU.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. speaks at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver (Mike Segar Reuters, REUTERS / August 26, 2008)
CHICAGO (Reuters) – Amid reports that he may have misused campaign funds, Illinois congressman Jesse Jackson Jr has hired a lawyer to handle negotiations with the federal government on possible plea deal in which he would resign from the House of Representatives and spend time in prison, media said.CBS 2 television reported on Saturday and Fox News Chicago on Monday, citing an unnamed source, that Jackson hired Dan Webb, a former U.S. attorney in Chicago who represents defendants in high-profile corruption cases to represent the 47-year-old lawmaker.Both reports said Jackson, who was easily re-elected to Congress on November 6, may have to resign his seat and serve time in prison under terms of the deal being negotiated.

Webb and a spokesman for Jackson did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Reuters.

Last week, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that Jackson was under investigation for allegedly misusing campaign funds to decorate his home and to buy a $40,000 Rolex watch for a female friend. Reuters has not confirmed the report.

[Ivy Harper writing here again]

Those who do take – otherwise known as “steal” – do not consider it stealing.

It’s kinda like NU Regent Kent Schroeder who was observed “tooked”-ing a shovel from a house he didn’t own but had been in previously because he knew the home-owner, a fellow lawyer.

When Regent Schroeder was charged with stealing, the Lincoln Journal Star (LJS) several times in headlines referred to his theft as “NU Regent who Took Shovel” blah, blah, blah. Or “NU Regent Accused of “Taking” Shovel.”

Yet, for lesser mortals, the LJS often uses the word “steal” in a headline as in: “Lincoln Man Who Stole Pallets Gets Prison.”

But okay, you say, look they caught John Edwards + Jesse Jackson, Jr. – so the system works.

Ummmm. That would be no. John Edwards’ campaign crimes only became known because of one the more unreal and across-the-board sordid sagas in the history of American politics. Come on, just think back to the whole Rielle Hunter affair and you realize that – were it fiction – folks would put it under the “too far-fetched” category.

Same with Jackson. His misuse – allegedly – is so over-the-top and tied in to so many other outrages that the Feds finally had to do something.

And although Edwards raked in more than two million bucks from Bunny Mellon; money that his campaign manager spent most of on a multi-million-dollar mansion, neither man was penalized by the judicial system. Sure, they took a hit in the court of public opinion but no restitution and no jail time.

By contrast, Nebraska puts a man in the penitentiary for two years for stealing some steaks.

What’s wrong with that justice picture?

To be continued.

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