Jesse Jackson Jr. Accused of Misusing Funds for Home Decor

Jackson has been receiving treatment for depression.

By Anthony Ponce and Mary Ann Ahern
|  Monday, Oct 15, 2012  |  Updated 11:55 AM EDT
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A new federal investigation into Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s finances alleges the Illinois congressman misused campaign funds to redecorate the inside of his Washington D.C. home.

Three weeks before the election, the feds also are looking into whether Jackson Jr. used money from his House spending account to pay for the home decor, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The Jackson family briefly put the D.C. home on the market last month for $2.5 million. At the time, a family spokesman said they considered selling the home to pay for healthcare costs linked to Jackson's bi-polar disorder treatment.

Jackson Jr. went on medical leave from his political post in Chicago on June 10. Few details were released until his office confirmed in August Jackson had been receiving treatment for depression.

This new probe is unrelated to allegations Jackson tried to cut a deal with former Gov. Rod Blagojevich to take now-President Barack Obama's former Senate seat.  Those claims are under review by a House Ethics Committee.

As question swirl about whether Jackson Jr. could be indicted before the November election, the WSJ reports Jackson's lawyers "sought assurances from senior justice department officials" that he would not be indicted before the election. Those officials would not make those assurances, the paper reports.

Jackson's name remains on the Nov. 6 ballot in the 2nd Congressional District. His wife, Ald. Sandi Jackson, said this month she wasn't sure when her husband would return.

"I believe at some point in time he will come back," Ald. Jackson told reporters. "I don't know whether that will be before the election or after the election, but whenever that happens, we will welcome him." 

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