Urbin Report

Friday, May 27, 2005

Jesse Jackson in the news again...

...and it's not for taking Mexican President Fox to task, Rev. Sharpton is doing the heavy lifting on that one.

Mr. Jackson and two of "non-profit groups" (and the DNC) are being fined heavily for campaign finance violations in the 2000 election.
Here are the details in an AP story:

The Democratic Party, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and two groups associated with the civil rights activist have agreed to pay a total of $200,000 in civil fines for campaign finance violations in the 2000 elections.

At issue in the Federal Election Commission case was about $450,000 in election spending by Jackson, the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition and the Citizenship Education Fund using funds from the groups. The two non-profit groups were incorporated, making their money corporate and subject to restrictions under federal campaign finance laws.

According to the FEC, the money was used for a partisan get-out-the-vote effort and voter registration speaking tour that was coordinated with the Democratic National Committee and included appearances by Jackson and Democratic House and Senate candidates.

Federal campaign finance law bans the use of corporate money for partisan, candidate-specific federal election activities.

Under an agreement with the FEC, Jackson and the two groups will share in a $100,000 civil penalty, and the DNC will also pay $100,000. The commission announced the outcome of the case Thursday.

Don't forget that Jesse Jackson also illegally used funds from his "non-profits" to pay his mistress hush and child support money.

HT to Ms. Malkin.