Jesse Jackson Jr: $138K Taxpayer Funding Goes to Convicted Felon and Race Pimp
Jesse Jackson, Jr is as much a snake as his father. When Sr called him in to run for Congress, Jr knew he had hit the gravy train.
As ABC reported back in 2013, when Jackson was sentenced to prison.
August 14, 2013 — The ABC7 I-Team is following the money, from the jewelry, trips and clothing to the celebrity trinkets, all paid for by the Jacksons’ “personal slush fund”– to use the words of Washington’s top federal prosecutor.
First the pensions, for both Jacksons. They were public employees: his work for the federal government since being elected to Congress in 1995; her work for the City of Chicago since being elected alderman in 2007.
Ex-congressman Jackson is eligible to receive $8,700 dollars per month in disability pay due to his bipolar condition and could receive a partial federal pension of $45,000 per year once he reaches 65.
While on the city council, Sandi Jackson had automatic pension contributions of more than $50,000 withdrawn from her pay, even though she chose not to be a member of the city pension fund.
So even when these bureaucrats became convicted criminals, the taxpayers lost, not the Jacksons.
We weren’t sure what this would add up to at the time, but now we have the numbers.
Jackson Jr. is now pocketing $138,400 a year in workers compensation benefits and temporary disability, the Chicago Tribune reports.
The records, which were contained within documents for his divorce case, show that the former congressman receives $100,000 in tax-free workers compensation benefits. The rest of the money is coming from Social Security Disability insurance payments. Jackson is said to be receiving the funds because of his bipolar disorder and depression.
The amount that Jackson is collecting is the top rate given to persons for temporary disability. The records also show that Jackson received $977 in health insurance payments over a 28-day period that ended Dec. 10, 2016. These payments are separate from his disability and workers’ compensation payments.
Ari Wilkenfeld, a D.C.-based employment lawyer, told the Chicago Tribune that it is highly unusual for an individual to collect federal workers’ compensation for a condition such as bipolar disorder.
“What’s remarkable here is by his getting workers’ comp, it appears that Congressman Jackson’s attorneys have convinced the government that his bipolar disorder was created by the rigors of being a member of Congress,” Wilkenfeld said.
Bi-polar must make you have delusions of wealth. Because Jesse Jackson Jr spent $750,000 from his campaign on personal items such as luxury vacations and fur coats.
Jackson ultimately spent 22 months in correctional facilities, a halfway house, and home detention. He currently is on supervised release.