Jesse Jackson Jr. Might Face an Additional Investigation by the House Ethics Committee
The House Ethics Committee is currently investigating Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. - he allegedly offered to pay Gov. Rod Balgojevich to appoint him to the Illinois U.S. Senate seat that was vacated by Barack Obama.
But as The Hill reported this week, Jackson may face additional charges. This time it's whether Jackson directed a benefactor to pay for an airplane ticket for his mistress. Jackson doesn't deny the charges. Instead he claims that the ticket did not violate House rules since "it was not a personal benefit to me."
Once, when I met a nephew of a prominent Filipino political figure, I asked: "When the salary of congressmen and the president is only like $10,000 per year, you're basically asking for corruption. How is a politician supposed to pay for his kid's college tuition?"
"Well, it's not so tough," responded the nephew. "You gotta understand that lots of them supplement their salary with gifts."
If that's really how Jackson feels about the complimentary plane ticket--that it's not really a "gift" to him--then I suspect that Jackson's receiving lots more non-"gifts."