Corrupt politicians continue to use insider knowledge to work the system for personal financial gain.
Former democratic representative Jesse Jackson jr was convicted and sentenced for spending $750,000 from campaign funds for personal use. Somehow even after this conviction Jackson jr is still eligible for over $100,000 a years from work mans comp. shouldn’t those privileges be removed after such a conviction?
Republican representative Rodney Davis certainly thinks so and has presented a bill to congress that will remove privileges such as work mans comp from members of congress who are convicted of a crime.
Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) introduced a bill Wednesday that would stop former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL) from receiving more than $100,000 a year in workers’ compensation payments.
The Protecting Taxpayers from Corruption Act would bar any member of Congress convicted of “stealing campaign funds for personal use from receiving workers’ compensation.”
Jackson spent two-and-a-half years in prison for spending $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items ranging from fur capes and a Rolex watch to children’s furniture from 2005 to 2012.
Jackson, who reportedly has been suffering from bipolar disorder for years, receives $124,052 a year in workers’ comp and SSDI benefits, as well as $14,400 a year in SSDI “derivative benefits” for his children.
“We want to make sure that anybody convicted of a crime, be that Congressman Jackson or any member of Congress, is not able to submit a claim for workers’ compensation at the same time,” Davis said.
Davis added that elected officials “should be held to a higher standard because,” he said, “our job is something that we willingly ask the voters to send us to.”