Jackson gets 'Dear Candidate' letter from FCC

Oct. 30, 2013 at 2:39 PM
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WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Jesse Jackson Jr. may be serving a 2 1/2 year prison term for corruption but the disgraced former congressman is still caught up in the federal bureaucracy.

The Chicago Sun-Times Wednesday reported Jackson was sent a "Dear Candidate" letter Tuesday by the Federal Election Commission asking him to appoint a campaign treasurer.

Jackson's last campaign treasurer, Chicago lawyer Vickie Pasley, quit in August, 10 months after Jackson, 48, resigned from Congress leaving $105,703 sitting in a bank account. The campaign has not filed required disclosure reports since December.

The FEC letter was mailed to Jackson Tuesday, the same day he entered a federal minimum security correctional complex in North Carolina, where he will spend the next 30 months for misusing $750,000 from his campaign fund.

If the letter is forwarded it will go to inmate No. 32451-016.

The judge who sentenced the 14-term congressman and his wife, former Chicago alderman Sandi Jackson, earlier refused to appoint someone to wind down Jackson's political fund. Sandi Jackson will serve a year in prison for tax evasion after her husband completes his sentence.

Both Jacksons pleaded guilty.

The man Jackson replaced in the U.S. House, former Illinois Rep. Mel Reynolds, also served time at the prison camp in Butner, N.C., for bank and campaign fraud. Current inmates there include convicted Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff and Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard.

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