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Tag: federal election commission

Ex-Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. Pleads Guilty in Scheme Involving Campaign Cash

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., 47, pleaded guilty Wednesday for using campaign cash to buy personal items, including jewelry, fur capes and parkas, celebrity memorabilia, furniture and high-end electronics, the FBI said.

Jackson also admitted he tried to conceal illegal activities, such as false and misleading reports to the Federal Election Commission.

Jackson’s wife Sandra Stevens Jackson, 49, who also was charged in the scheme, pleaded guilty to filing false tax return.

Jesse Jackson Jr. could be sentenced up to five years in prison on June 28.

FEC Orders John Edwards to Repay $2.3 Million in Fed Campaign Funds

John Edwards

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Ex-Sen. John Edwards, a two-time presidential candidate facing federal indictment, got some bad news on Thursday.

The Federal Election Commission ruled that Edward’s 2008 campaign must repay $2.3 million in federal campaign funds, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The LA Times reported that the FEC audit found the campaign received too much much money in campaign funds as part of a matching fund program. The overage was attributed to accounting errors.

The paper reported that it is not uncommon for campaign committees to have to pay back monies.

The FEC ruling was not related to the federal criminal charges against Edwards.  He’s charged with violating campaign laws.