Jackson, Jr., case stirs debate

Published 02/18 2013 06:39PM

Updated 02/19 2013 09:03AM

SPRINGFIELD -- The Jesse Jackson, Jr., case is stirring up debate about political corruption and what the government should do to spot campaign finance abuse. Political science expert, Kent Redfield, says it's disappointing to see something like this happening again. He hopes the case serves as a wake-up call that serious reform is needed.

The former congressman is accused of spending more than $750,000 in campaign funds to buy things like a $40,000 Rolex and Michael Jackson memorabilia. Redfield says, right now, audits for campaign contributions are only done randomly or if something seems suspicious. He says they really should be done more often since so many have been able to fly under the radar with the current rules.

Jackson's wife, Sandi, is also in hot water with the feds. She was charged with tax fraud. Prosecutors say she tried to cover up his spending. She and Jesse have both agreed to plea deals.

The former congressman could face several years in prison. Experts say he won't get the maximum sentence since he agreed to a plea deal.

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