Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. says he asked for guidance from the Federal Election Commission before using campaign funds to cover a portion of a trip to Israel.
“It is impossible on an AIEF trip to meet everyone that you need to meet,” Jackson said in an interview. “There were additional meetings I wanted to have in the West Bank and in Bethlehem while I was there that I had to set up after the trip. ... This was not a vacation for me.”
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