17 Feb '13, 9pm

Michael Jackson's hat, a Rolex and MLK souvenirs: Jesse Jackson Jr blows thousands of dollars on campaign-fund spree

Michael Jackson's hat, a Rolex and MLK souvenirs: Jesse Jackson Jr blows thousands of dollars on campaign-fund spree

Countless politicians have been caught indulging secret vices, but few can claim an addiction as eccentric as that of the former US Congressman Jesse Jackson Junior. Mr Jackson, the 47-year-old son of the veteran civil rights campaigner, the Rev Jesse Jackson, has admitted spending $750,000 (£483,000) of campaign funds on personal expenses, including tens of thousands on celebrity memorabilia. Over four years starting in 2007, the Illinois Democrat is accused of using funds donated to his re-election campaign to buy $22,700 of Michael Jackson memorabilia, including a $4,600 fedora. He also spent $10,105 on Bruce Lee memorabilia, $11,130 on mementoes of the Rev Martin Luther King Jr, and almost $9,000 on items related to Malcolm X, Jimi Hendrix and Eddie Van Halen. On Friday, prosecutors in Washington DC filed fraud and conspiracy charges against Mr Jackson. His wife Sandi,...

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