WASHINGTON — Former Illinois congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. was sentenced to two and a half years in prison Wednesday for using $750,000 in campaign money for living expenses, trips and luxury goods — a stunning fall for a once-rising political star from a famous family.
Jackson and his wife, Sandi Jackson, treated campaign funds as a "personal piggy bank," U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson told the Democrat, who represented Chicago's South Side for 17 years. "There may be gray areas in campaign finance. This case did not come near to those areas.
"As a public official, you are supposed to live up to a higher standard of ethics and integrity," said the judge, who is no relation to the former congressman.
Sandi Jackson received a one-year prison term.
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