For Jackson Jr., It’s About the Money

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Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. speaks to reporters following a Democratic Caucus on August 1, 2011 at the Capitol.

Jesse L. Jackson Jr., the former Illinois Democratic congressman accused of using campaign funds for personal enrichment, once co-authored a book about the importance of financial planning and building wealth.

Jackson wrote the 1999 book “It’s About the Money!” along with his namesake father, the civil rights icon. The book’s subtitle is, “How You Can Get Out of Debt, Build Wealth, and Achieve Your Financial Dreams.”

The book includes “many inspiring stories of people who have learned how to manage their money, save on a regular basis, and plan for the future by building a nest egg,” according to a description on Random House’s Web-site.

Jackson, who resigned in November as a federal probe into his finances unfolded, was accused of converting $750,000 of campaign funds for personal use, including a $43,000 Rolex watch and Michael Jackson and Bruce Lee memorabilia.

Jackson will plead guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, mail fraud and making false statements, as Bloomberg’s John McCormick reported Feb. 16.

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