Have you ever noticed that so many politicians have no problem spending other people’s money but not their own?
For example, in 2011, former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., (D-IL) tried pushing a job bill that he declared would only cost taxpayers $804 billion. He even urged Barack Obama to declare a state of emergency and then use his executive powers to bypass Congress and enact Jackson’s jobs bill. The jobs bill called for proving $40,000 a year to 15 million Americans for a period of five years. Doing the math, that comes to a total of $3 trillion, not $804 billion.
When a former friend and fundraiser for Jackson Jr., Raghuveer Nayak was arrested for fraud and tax offenses, the investigation turned to Jackson Jr. It was discovered that he used $750,000 of campaign funds for personal travel, home furnishings and travel for a nightclub hostess whom he was having an extramarital affair. He ended up resigning from Congress, pleaded guilty to the charges, was ordered to pay back the political contributions he took and spent time in jail.
To add insult to injury, Jackson Jr., claimed that he was suddenly disabled due to a mood disorder. As result, he was awarded disability in the amount of $8,700 a month. At the time, my daughter was legally blind, had a tumor and host of other medical complications at was denied disability.
In 2005, former Rep. Frank Balance (D-NC) was convicted and sentenced to four years in prison for defrauding taxpayers.
In 2011, former Sen. John Edwards (D-NC) was indicted on six felony charges, including charges of collecting illegal campaign donations. Obama’s corrupt Justice Department later cleared Edwards of all charges.
I have to be honest and admit that some Republican lawmakers have also been charged with dipping into their campaign funds or other government funds for personal reasons.
In 2004, former Gov. John Rowland of Connecticut was charged with using public funds to pay for vacations and other luxuries.
In 2013, former Rep. Rick Renzi (R-AZ) was found guilty on 17 of 32 counts of corruption for using his political office for personal gain.
Now, another Democrat member of Congress is being questioned about the inappropriate and possibly illegal use of campaign funds. Meet Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX).
According to reports, around $10,000 in Sheila Jackson Lee’s campaign funds were used to purchase tickets to this year’s Super Bowl and Super Bowl related activities. The report states:
“The congresswoman’s campaign committee is shown to have made two separate transactions pertaining to Super Bowl tickets days before and after the event.”
“On Feb. 3, just two days before the Super Bowl, Jackson Lee’s campaign committee paid $4,900 to 21st Century Fox, Government Relations for ‘Super Bowl LI Tickets,’ according to the filings.”
“On Feb. 8, three days after the Super Bowl, Gerald Womack, the congresswoman’s campaign manager, was reimbursed $4,900 for Super Bowl tickets, filings show.”
“Jackson Lee’s campaign also spent thousands at a Houston restaurant on the day of the Super Bowl.”
“A $4,901.46 ‘fundraising expense’ was made on Feb. 5 at Grotto Restaurant, an Italian restaurant located in Houston.”
Don’t forget that Jackson is also the US Congresswoman who stated that the Constitution is 400-years-old, among her other outrageous idiot-isms. When the Electoral College votes were officially tallied in the House, Lee threw one royal temper tantrum. She had to be repeatedly told that there is no debate. Some of her more infamous musings include:
Speaking on the House floor, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee defended gang members committing crimes with guns.
“Don’t condemn the gangbangers, they’ve got guns that are trafficked, that are not enforced, that are straw purchased and they come into places even that have strong gun laws. Why? Because we don’t have sensible gun legislation.”
Sheila Jackson Lee, April 9, 2013
Speaking on the House floor, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee claimed she was once a slave.
“I stand here as a freed slave because this Congress came together.”
Sheila Jackson Lee, February 13, 2013
According to a lawsuit, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee demanded 18 hour days out of staffer Mona Floyd, refused to accommodate her visual disability, and made critical remarks about her when speaking to other employees.
“I don’t give a damn about her disability.”
Sheila Jackson Lee, August 6, 2010
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee had an interesting view on the Vietnam War, and on how two separate Vietnams apparently still exist in peace.
“And I want to say to my colleagues that I stand here asking us to do what we did not do in Vietnam. Was to recognize the valiant and outstanding service of our men and women. And to understand that victory had been achieved. Today we have two Vietnams, side by side, North and South, exchanging and working. We may not agree with all North Vietnam is doing, but they are living in peace. I would look for better human rights record for North Vietnam, but they’re living side by side. Because that was a civil war. And because the leadership of this nation did not listen to the mothers and fathers who borned the burden of 58,000 dead and did not declare victory, the mounting death, the violence continued going up and up. Rather than understanding the political nature of the war in Vietnam, we did not listen to those families.”
Sheila Jackson Lee, July 15, 2010
After ordering her driver to literally park at the front door of the US Treasury against Secret Service orders, and then demanding her driver to not pull over for pursuing Secret Service officers, her driver finally pulled over against her wishes. She then confronted the Secret Service officials.
“I’m Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee! Who do you think you are?”
Sheila Jackson Lee, 2008
Former Capitol office executive assistant and events scheduler Rhiannon Burruss claimed Sheila Jackson Lee was outraged when she found out someone was given a chauffeur to a Selma march anniversary, while she wasn’t given one.
“You don’t understand. I am a queen, and I demand to be treated like a queen.”
Sheila Jackson Lee, March 1998
According to a former staffer, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee caused a scene when she found out a meal she wanted wasn’t available on the type of flight she was on.
“Don’t you know who I am? I’m Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee. Where is my seafood meal? I know it was ordered.”
Sheila Jackson Lee, 1998
According to former staffers, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee often referred to her employees using extremely colorful language.
“You stupid motherf*cker.”
Sheila Jackson Lee, Unknown Date
If the reports of Lee dipping into her campaign funds happened during the Obama administration, Lee would probably get away with what she did, but with Republicans in control of the government, we’ll have to wait and see if anything legal happens to Lee. It would be great if she was found guilty and forced to resign from her House seat, making one less idiot in Congress.