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How Jesse Jackson Jr. Spent His Money: Feds

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How Jesse Jackson Jr. Spent His Money: Feds

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Charges Filed Against Jesse Jackson Jr.

There was a time not long ago when Jesse Jackson Jr. would have been first in line to greet a sitting president arriving in Chicago. Those days are gone. As President Obama visited Chicago on Friday, Jackson and his wife were being formally charged with conspiracy, mail and wire fraud, and making false statements about his alleged crimes. Phil Rogers reports.

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Jesse Jackson Jr. apparently is a big fan of Michael Jackson, Martin Luther King Jr. and Bruce Lee.

According to federal charges filed Friday, the former congressman spent thousands of campaign dollars on fan memorabilia including $4,600 on a Michael Jackson fedora and $4,000 on a Michael Jackson and Eddie Van Halen guitar.

Those items are on a list filed in court of MLK, Bruce Lee and Michael Jackson memorabilia he allegedly purchased with campaign money. Also on the list is an $800 mink cashmere cape and $1,200 reversible mink parka. 

Full list:

Bruce Lee memorabilia: $2,000
Bruce Lee memorabilia: $2,000
Bruce Lee memorabilia: $3,150
Martin Luther King Jr. memorabilia: $5,595
Bruce Lee memorabilia: $2,955
Martin Luther King Jr. memorabilia: $5,535
Football signed by American presidents: $5,000
Michael Jackson memorabilia: $2,000
Michael Jackson memorabilia: $4,600
Michael Jackson memorabilia: $1,400
Michael Jackson memorabilia: $2,000
Michael Jackson memorabilia: $1,000
Michael Jackson memorabilia: $1,200
Michael Jackson memorabilia: $1,000
Michael Jackson memorabilia: $1,000
Michael Jackson hat: $3,900
Michael Jackson and Eddie Van Halen guitar: $4,000
Malcom X memorabilia: $2,200
Jimi Hendrix memorabilia: $2,775
Michael Jackson Fedora: $4,600
Mink cashmere cap: $800
Black and red cashmere cape: $1,500
Mink reversible parka: $1,200

In response to the charges, Jackson Jr. issued his first public statement in months.

“Over the course of my life I have come to realize that none of us are immune from our share of shortcomings and human frailties," Jackson said in a statement released by the attorneys representing him in the federal probe.

"Still I offer no excuses for my conduct and I fully accept my responsibility for the improper decisions and mistakes I have made," he said. "To that end I want to offer my sincerest apologies to my family, my friends and all of my supporters for my errors in judgment and while my journey is not yet complete, it is my hope that I am remembered for the things that I did right.”

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