IL congressional candidate Jonathan Jackson responds to criticism about last-minute campaign support

IL congressional candidate Jonathan Jackson responds to criticism about last-minute campaign support

CHICAGO (TOC) — Congressional candidate Jonathan Jackson is responding to criticism about his marketing campaign disclosures and assist he’s receiving from darkish cash teams tied to cryptocurrency.

Now, Jackson is making an attempt to quiet the controversy with the Main simply 5 days away.

The son of the Reverend Jesse Jackson Sr. was on the defensive Thursday after receiving greater than one million {dollars} in last-minute assist coming within the type of TV adverts and flyers paid for by darkish cash teams tied to cryptocurrency billionaires.

“These are unbiased expenditures, they don’t seem to be instantly associated to my marketing campaign. I didn’t search their funding and haven’t rejected as a result of I am unable to, it’s unbiased,” mentioned Jonathan Jackson, (D) Candidate for 1st Congressional District.

Jackson is one in every of 17 complete candidates within the first congressional district race.

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Certainly one of Jackson’s political rivals referred to as him out and referred to as on Bernie Sanders to rescind the endorsement he gave to Jackson, who he held a rally for in Chicago final weekend.

“So you possibly can’t stand with Bernie Sanders at some point, railing towards billionaires and claiming to be ultra-progressive, after which the subsequent day basically be coordinating with this tremendous PAC centered on cryptocurrency,” mentioned Karin Norington-Reaves, (D) Candidate for 1st Congressional District.

Jackson additionally responded to criticism for failing to file his monetary disclosure varieties in a well timed style.

“I’ve made a mistake and it is a lesson realized. I didn’t understand that these paperwork have been so in depth. They’ve now been filed,” Jackson mentioned.

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One other candidate within the race mentioned Jackson comes from a political household and has no excuse.

“So, after I take a look at a few of the entries, I can see why there might need been a delay. He is invested in oil and gasoline and massive pharma. So, after which he additionally calls himself a progressive, so I discover that considerably hypocritical,” mentioned Jacqui Collins, (D) Candidate for 1st Congressional District.

Jackson is hoping to place these controversies behind him between now and Tuesday’s Main. With the low voter turnout anticipated, his well-known household identify might nonetheless be sufficient to win him the votes he wants.

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