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Sandi Jackson Changed Campaign Reports Days After Jesse Jackson Jr. Resigned From Congress

By Chuck Sudo in News on Dec 14, 2012 4:40PM

Ald. Sandi Jackson (7th) filed a series of amendments to her ward committee’s campaign fund, dating back to 2009, days after her husband Jesse Jackson Jr. resigned from Congress. The Sun-Times has the details that include $13,000 in previously undisclosed transfers from her husband’s congressional account to her campaign fund, including monthly transfers of $1,250 where the purpose of the transfers was not disclosed.

Jackson filed eight amendments total and some of them resulted in negative balances, which typically calls for a review by the Illinois State Board of Elections. Jackson said the reasons for the amended filings were computer issues and staffing errors. The finances of the Jacksons have come under scrutiny since the Jesse Jackson Jr.’s November resignation.

Federal authorities have been probing the former congressman’s campaign funds and it’s believed his resignation letter was intended to draw heat away from his wife. Sandi Jackson, who also serves as her husband’s campaign manager, has been drawing a $5,000 per month salary through her consulting firm from her husband’s campaign fund, and has hired her separate legal counsel. Jackson Jr. has retained attorney Dan Webb in a reported plea deal.