Report: Feds looking at Jesse Jackson Jr.'s finances

NBC CHICAGO – Federal investigators are looking into possible inappropriate expenditures related to one of Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s Congressional spending accounts, according to a published report.

The report, published in the Chicago Sun-Times, cites sources who say the probe focusing on “suspicious activity” was launched shortly before Jackson’s sudden leave of absence in June.

Repeated attempts by NBC Chicago to reach Jackson spokesman Frank Watkins have so far been unsuccessful.

At the same time, a House Ethics Committee continues to look into Jackson’s supposed involvement in trying to be appointed to now-President Barack Obama’s seat in the U.S. Senate. Jackson has admitted he wanted to be appointed to the Senate, but has repeatedly denied allegations he sent emissaries to offer campaign cash to then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich in exchange for the seat.

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