Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Ex-US Rep. Jackson Gets about $138,400 in Annual Government Benefits

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Ex-US Rep. Jackson Gets about $138,400 in Annual Government Benefits

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CHICAGO * Records from former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s divorce case show the government has given him large benefit checks after he served time in prisons for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from his campaign fund.

Jackson, 51, receives about $138,400 annually, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Jackson's attorney, Barry Schatz, said about $100,000 of that is workers' compensation and is tax free. The rest of his benefits are Social Security Disability Insurance payments, some of which may be taxable.

Jackson received the payments because he has depression and bipolar disorder, which led to an extended leave from Congress in 2012.

"Whatever benefits Jesse Jackson Jr. has, he earned them, and as a matter of law, he's entitled to them," Schatz said. "If the government thought he wasn't entitled to them, they wouldn't be paying them. …

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