Your Tax Dollars: Jesse Jackson, Jr. Receives $138,000 Per Year in Government Disability Benefits for “Bi-Polar” Disorder
Obviously, those racists are holding the black man down by only paying him 6 figures.
A government ethics expert wants the federal government to investigate former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s $138,000-a-year payout from a combination of worker’s compensation and Social Security disability benefits.
The Chicago Tribune reported Jackson receives $100,000 per year in worker’s compensation benefits because he has bipolar disorder and depression and another $38,400 per year in disability benefits. Craig Holman, from the watchdog group Public Citizen, called that amount of money “breathtaking” for a former congressman.
“I can’t imagine in any way that his bipolar disorder would have been caused in any way by his congressional duties,” Holman said. “It’s really troubling to see someone who goes to prison for corruption coming out of prison (and collecting that money).”
Jackson was released from prison on 2015 after using his campaign fund for personal enrichment. He served in Congress for 17 years before quitting in 2012.
Jackson was convicted for using about $750,000 in campaign funds for vacations, furs, celebrity memorabilia and other items, the Tribune reported.
His attorney argued his conditions have worsened following his divorce, but didn’t state how his job as a congressman may have caused those conditions.
Holman said the Department of Labor’s inspector general needs to investigate Jackson’s arrangement.
“The amount of money is breathtaking,” Holman said.