During his nearly 17-year House career Jesse Jackson Jr. promoted himself as man of the people. The son and namesake of the famous civil rights leader represented a working class, South Side Chicago district, and was an advocate for liberal policies on jobs, health care and other issues
Behind closed doors, though, the Democratic rising star had surprisingly delicate tastes for pricy clothing and rare sports memorabilia, reports The New York Times. Jackson Jr. will soon have lots of time to consider the paradox when he heads to federal prison on corruption charges. Under a plea agreement with federal prosecutors that will send him away for up to five years, the former lawmaker admits used about $750,000 in campaign funds to buy items like a Michael Jackson fedora.
In a span of four years starting in 2007, Jackson Jr., amassed a collection of celebrity memorabilia, furs, jewelry and furniture. Working with an antiques dealer in Nevada and a furrier in Beverly Hills, Calif., Mr. Jackson bought a $5,000 football signed by United States presidents, two hats that once belonged to Michael Jackson - including a $4,600 fedora - and an $800 cape.
The government also filed charges Friday against Jackson Jr.'s wife, Sandi, accusing her of having filed false tax returns. She is expected to plead guilty and faces a maximum of three years in prison and a $100,000 fine.
Via The New York Times.