“A lot of politicians use political donations as lifestyle enhancements—getting work done on their homes, taking fancy vacations, etc,” says Shaw. “At the very least they’re bending the rules of campaign finance and sometimes they violate them blatantly. Unfortunately the IRS and state election boards are stretched too thin to investigate. But if you end up under the microscope of the U.S. Attorney that all changes … Jesse Jackson Jr. is not an outlier here, but he’s the one who got caught.The author of the piece editorializes that this is a particular problem in Illinois, but without presenting evidence that non-Illinois pols are ethically fastidious.
What do you think?
Is the Land of Lincoln a place of particular stink?