CHICAGO (WLS) – “Suspicious activity” related to Jesse Jr.’s House of Representative’s expenditures are now reported under investigation by the FBI’s Washington office.
The ailing congressman on leave is not saying what this new round of investigation does to his re-election plans, but his wife Sandi told me last week chances are 100% he’ll hang-in, in part because, he might get an appropriations sub-committee chairmanship in the next term.
Sandi Jackson said, “Appropriators are key. And to have him as our only appropriator in this state is also a significant post and one that he does not take lightly, nor do I.”
All the more interesting because the “suspicious activity” in House funds the feds are reportedly investigating were appropriated by Congress.
Spelling potentially new trouble for U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., federal investigators have launched a probe into the South Shore congressman’s finances — a completely new area of scrutiny, sources told the Chicago Sun-Times.
The investigation — based in Washington FBI field office — is not related to the attempted sale of the U.S. Senate seat that figured in former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s corruption conviction, but is focusing on “suspicious activity” involving the congressman’s finances related to his House seat and the possibility of inappropriate expenditures, sources said.
The probe was active in the weeks prior to Jackson taking a leave from his House post on June 10, a leave his office ultimately attributed to his need for treatment for a bipolar disorder, the sources said.
It was unclear whether the probe involved the congressman’s official House spending account or his campaign finance account. But one source said it was an account monitored by Congress.
All members of the U.S. House receive an allowance to operate offices in Washington and in their districts. The allowances for rank-and-file members ranged from $1.4 million to $2 million in 2010, according to the House website.
No wonder we the taxpayers are suffering!!!