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Jesse Jackson Jr.’s demise came by credit card

Jay MacDonald

When fallen U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. cut short his political career, he did so with a credit card.

Jackson, the former Democratic representative from Illinois and eldest son of civil rights leader and Democratic presidential candidate Rev. Jesse Jackson, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court Wednesday to misusing $750,000 in campaign contributions to fund a lavish lifestyle. Jackson’s wife Sandi also pleaded guilty to filing false income tax returns from 2006 to 2011, the years in which Jackson was dipping into his campaign fund.

Prosecutors have recommended a prison term of 46 to 57 months for Jackson, who is scheduled to be sentenced June 28.

"For years I lived off my campaign," a tearful Jackson told the court. And thanks to the convenience of credit cards, the living was indeed easy.

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