Tuesday, September 17, 2013

What The Jacksons Bought With Campaign Cash

Dinner at CityZen in Washington, D.C., $466.30
Jackson Jr. had quite the dinner there in 2010, the New York Times reports. The Jacksons spent over $60,000 in campaign cash on dining and drinking out at restaurants, nightclubs and lounges.

                                Men's Rolex watch, $43,350
Jackson Jr. bought the high-priced Rolex in 2007 using cash from a bank account he opened under the title "Jesse Jackson Jr. for Congress," the Chicago Tribune reports.

                                                Personal airfare, $31,700
That's a lot of frequent flyer miles.
                Michael Jackson memorabilia, about $28,000
Jackson Jr. purchased about $28,000 worth of Michael Jackson goodies, including a fedora hat (for $4,600), as well as what is described as a "Michael Jackson and Eddie Van Halen guitar (for $4,000)." The memorabilia was purchased from Antiquities of Nevada.

Pictured: The black felt fedora worn by Jackson during his last performance at the Apollo Theatre in April 2002 is on display at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills, California on the first day of Julien's two-day Music Icons and Sports Legends auction, June 23, 2012.
                               Tobacco shops, $17,163.36
Jackson Jr. has a well-documented penchant for cigars --and was reportedly seen smoking one by The Daily last fall.
Martin Luther King Jr. memorabilia, about $11,000
Flat-screen TVs and other Best Buy merchandise, $10,997
Multiple flat-screen TVs were among $10,997 worth of items purchased at Best Buy by the Jacksons in November 2007, CBS Chicago notes. Other items included Blu-Ray DVD players and DVDs.

                                               2 Stuffed Elk Heads, $8,000
According to DNAinfo Chicago, Jackson Jr. gave his campaign treasurer more than $8,000 to buy two mounted elk heads from a Montana taxidermist in 2008. They were shipped in 2011. An undercover FBI agent who said they were an interior designer lat year offered to buy the heads from the treasurer.
                                       Alcohol, $5,800
Five-day retreat at Martha’s Vineyard Holistic Retreat, $5,687.75
The retreat was reportedly taken by a relative of Sandi Jackson's in November 2008.
The cruise was reportedly taken in June 2006.
Stuffed animals from Build-A-Bear, $313.89
The Build-A-Bear stuffed snimals were purchased around Christmastime in 2007 and 2008, according to the Chicago Tribune.

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