Opponent Says Jackson is ‘Secretly Campaigning' Through Pastors

Second Congressional Candidate Marcus Lewis says leaked audio of a Matteson pastor’s sermon is evidence that the current congressman is campaigning through religious figures, and that this particular church’s tax-exempt status should be in question.

This article was updated at 11:55 a.m. on Oct. 31, 2012 to include information about the 501(c)(3) tax exemption.

Controversy erupted on the Patch comment boards Tuesday when we released an audio recording of Matteson Rev. Andrew Singleton Jr. vocalizing his support for the re-election of U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.

The recording now has independent opponent Marcus Lewis contending that the pastor’s speech may be in a violation of the law and that Jackson is using religious authorities as a sneaky campaign trick.

"He's campaigning across the pulpit," Lewis said. "His church can and should lose its tax-exempt status because of that."

despite his near-complete absence from the political arena since heath issues landed him in the Mayo Clinic for much of the past several months.


"Jesse is secretly campaigning using pastors," Lewis added. "He's doing it through them because they have a captive audience."

Lewis claims that in speaking about the congressman, the church is in violation of a tax exemption, which may be revoked if a church endorses or campaigns on the behalf of a specific candidate. Churches also lose tax-exempt status if they attack a candidate's opponent. Churches are, however, allowed to speak out about political, social or moral issues.

Republican opponent Brian Woodworth could not immediately be reached for comment Tuesday night.

Do you think Jackson is secretly using pastors to campaign? Should the church’s tax-exempt status be revoked? Tell us in the comments.

AUSPICIOUS ! November 06, 2012 at 09:42 PM
ms. dom you mean ms Dorn i think marcus Teena Dorn, read how marcus responded to you " i gave it to you straight no chaser" unprofessional ? YES this guy answers you with alcohol lingo then the next message is about his Bar Louie open bar tonight I think you get the picture i too am glad jackson has the pastor to talk to VOTE FOR CONGRESSMAN JESSE JACKSON JR., support him in his down time and pray for him he is only human. God will deal with each of us individually
AUSPICIOUS ! November 06, 2012 at 09:48 PM
marcus i know you are sending me messages, but you are not worthy of a response. I feel the way i do about you because of how you are teying to play dirty politician berating others, kicking people when their down. had you approach this with integrity and dignity people may actually have liked you and voted for you despite of your lack of experience and lack of all the aforementioned make you sink to rock bottom you are the scum of the scam of scum that people talk about in wanna be politicians with a leg to run on you are running on lies that will come back to you you are running on putting your running mates down tell us something about you that is worthy. there is nothing worthy to tell thats why your entire campaign is about berating others MARCUS whenyou type in caps it means your screamoing, which means are you getting angry? stop making a fool of yourself marcus lewis
AUSPICIOUS ! November 06, 2012 at 09:55 PM
marcus i saw lake on your face book thats fake too your a re a dirty liar stooping to every level of scum and you do have more than one name on here asking questions in one name and aswering in marcus lewis your psycho crazy man
AUSPICIOUS ! November 06, 2012 at 10:00 PM
that was very lieing politician like i didnt say you use nicknames i said you used aka (fake names) you should know me by now marcus, you cant get one over on me dear you may fool your family or friends or a few others that make up your 15 percent but most people with even a little of intellect can see right through you and you lies and hypocriting ways. get off the internet Marcus and go knock on some doors and show the people how much you care you have had months, you have not knocked on any doors you think the people in district 2 so ignorant they will look at your pic and vote for you cause you look good to yourself isnt that 's what you said marcus? you underestimate the residents in distrct 2, you dont feel they are smart enough to see thru you
AUSPICIOUS ! November 06, 2012 at 10:08 PM
Vote for Congressman Jackson Jr., he is having a little down time but is worthy of being reelected, he has the experience and intellect to make things better in your district, he is a good guy with good intentions . he has not sad one bad thing about any of his running mates, he is far above those type of dirty tactics we are all human and make mistakes and have down time. Congressman Jackson is No different..... Vote for Congressman Jackson today november 6th, 2012 and let's do it again, another 2 years. God Bless District 2 and God Bless America !
Joe Lake November 06, 2012 at 10:12 PM
Jackson is Subject of Criminal Probe, Wall Street Journal, Oct. 6, 2012. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ILCD2ndDistrict/message/67 Joe Lake, Chicago
Todd November 06, 2012 at 10:25 PM
While we are at it, lets let Blago and George Ryan run again. They are also human that have made mistakes.
AUSPICIOUS ! November 06, 2012 at 10:26 PM
Erin he has not campaigned, he sits on this computer and set up accounts and starts a converstion, and answers in marcus lewis, this guy is scum he isnot worthy of being called MR. nothing he should get off his but and knock on doors det of his butt sitting on this internet talking to his aliases and a few real people this is exactly how he would work as a congressman he has NO experience he will show you his web site and thats about the length of his campaiging berating other running mates and telling constant lies and look for something dirty on someone playing dirty politician and exrect the people in district 2 to be stupid enough to vote for him. marcu isnot credible, when a person is constantly berating others, usually there is nothing good to say about themselves, so they take the attention off of themselves look at marcus conversation under jesse jackson goes back to mayo clinic, and Bobbly rush visits. its here on patch read how unprofessional this man marcus is he keeps reminding people of Congressman jackson's illness but truly marcaus has far more issues thatn congressman Jackson after you read some of his response , ask your self if this is a man with intellect, integrity and dignity, and i am sure your answer will be NO he delivers mail at the local post office for 15 years, yet he lies he graduated from depaul with a masters, YEAH RIGHT
AUSPICIOUS ! November 06, 2012 at 10:31 PM
MARCUS you are out of your league now bringing up president Obama, this man has a Harvard degree ypu work at the post office and you think people believe you the more you talk the more you make a fool of yourself you go against President Obama you are further in the gutter than i could have imagined But President Obama will win and you will loose LOOK LISTEN AND LEARN MARCUS good leaders donot berate the other candidate,you are waaayyyyyyyyyyyy out of your league post man mailman deliver, commenting on why the president will loose Lord help this Foolish man marcus u
AUSPICIOUS ! November 06, 2012 at 10:34 PM
Joe lake IS Marcus Lewisi stop plating on the internet marcus, marcus developed a few names to start a converstion with one is Joe Lake and marcus responds to joe lake ( hinself) this man marcus lewis is silly and ignorant this is who you people are gonna vote for?
AUSPICIOUS ! November 06, 2012 at 10:36 PM
Brian woodworth is a republican Jesse jackson isnot out of the race in fact he is winning Jesse jackson is only human and the stuff marcus is saying about him shows marcus has no class integrity or dignity jackson will have to pay for anything he has done wrong ,if he in fact did anything wrong marcus lewis is a clown count him O U T
AUSPICIOUS ! November 06, 2012 at 10:44 PM
todd, last i hear Jesse Jackson has not been convicted of anything ryan and Blago has Marcus cannot tell you the truth about his education and experience he certainly cant tell you if jackson is guilty if anything. this is probably marcus lewis posing as Todd now and joe lake and other names, marcus lewis you are a sick man
AUSPICIOUS ! November 06, 2012 at 10:45 PM
Right marcus lewis aka joe lake marcus lewis you should be mentally evaluated
AUSPICIOUS ! November 06, 2012 at 10:46 PM
ok marcus lewis you feel stupid posting this crap in your own name so you make up names your a sick puppy
AUSPICIOUS ! November 06, 2012 at 10:48 PM
no one who is anyone believes the huffing post Marcus your already in the gutter you cant stoop any lower dude
AUSPICIOUS ! November 06, 2012 at 10:50 PM
Marcus you are gonna end up in jail, slandering others. use the dictionary if you dont know what it means. Marcus you do own a dictionary ? or do you look up everything on the internet? Stop berating others it makes you look like a ignorant.................person
AUSPICIOUS ! November 06, 2012 at 10:51 PM
yeah yeah stop lieing
AUSPICIOUS ! November 06, 2012 at 10:52 PM
marcus Jackson is winning did you forget?
AUSPICIOUS ! November 06, 2012 at 10:59 PM
words from Congressman Jesse jackson interview recently “Like many human beings, a series of events came together in my life at the same time and they have been difficult to sort through. I am human. I am doing my best. I am trying to sort through them all,” he said in the call. “With your help, your patience, and God’s grace, we will continue to work together to strengthen our communities, provide a better future for our children and leave the world a better than we found it.”
AUSPICIOUS ! November 06, 2012 at 11:08 PM
marcus lewis aka joe lake grow up dear
AUSPICIOUS ! November 06, 2012 at 11:13 PM
Here is where it stands Despite a prolonged leave of absence while he grapples with bipolar disorder, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) is strongly favored for reelection, according to a poll released Monday. Jackson held a 58-to-27 percent lead over Republican challenger Brian Woodworth in the survey from WeAskAmerica. Independent challenger Marcus Lucas carried 15 percent of those surveyed. Jackson's lead came primarily from his district's large African-American population; more than eight in 10 black respondents said they planned to vote for the congressman. Jackson's district, on the South Side of Chicago, is heavily Democratic, with 81 percent of voters backing President Obama in 2008. The nine-term congressman announced in June that he was taking a leave of absence for "exhaustion," but later disclosed he was suffering from bipolar disorder. On Friday, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that Jackson, who had been staying at his home in Washington, D.C., after undergoing treatment at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, would return to the treatment facility. The survey of 819 voters in Illinois's 2nd district carried a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percent.
Joe Lake November 06, 2012 at 11:45 PM
Jackson is Subject of Criminal Probe, Wall Street Journal, Nov.14, 2012. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ILCD2ndDistrict/message/67 Joe Lake, Chicago
AUSPICIOUS ! November 07, 2012 at 12:19 AM
Hi Teena Marcus lewis aka joe lake from chicago it's all really marcus on here in different names but he is a liar, you heard the tape i heard the tape and i heard what you heard.. why is it Marcus aka joe lake from chicago heard something else. it is so unfortunate that marcus lewis campaign has been based on berating others and lies. this shows his postion on class and Morals. i don't trust this guy, not to mention he has absolutely no experience and no professionalism about himself. he has sat on this internet trying to get votes sitting on his but , when if he really cared #1. he would have showed compassion for JJJ' situation not kick him down further, marcus would have gained a lil respect.... #2. Marcus should have been out knocking on doors in district 2 . considering he really is a NOBODY, but people may have thought he at least cared and could possibly make a better judgement call on vote day if sitting on his butt on the internet sending message is an example of what type a congressman he is, this is obvious a bad example and he is lazy and think people in district 2 is just that stupid to vote for him for the hell of it ! Marcus is a mail carrier and i respect a hard working person, but don't embelish, and flat out lie about your education and life experiences. I am so happy that you took time to think and evaluate your decision. I don't like when dirty wanna be politicians insult my intellect. God Bless you
AUSPICIOUS ! November 07, 2012 at 12:26 AM
Teena Marcus lewis AKA joe lake from chicago are the same person if you didnt know, Marcus lewis has been on here for days with different alias he is an amateur wanna play politician, what he sent you is nothing. .The pastor or JJJ did nothing wrong, you will see how it play out in the media ( it wont) because there is no validity
AUSPICIOUS ! November 07, 2012 at 12:30 AM
marcus lewis aka joe lake from chicago what an intelligent response, your an complete and total idiot you still ave not got it, stop talking about jackson, it wouldnt and didnt get you any votes
AUSPICIOUS ! November 07, 2012 at 12:39 AM
James Joe lake from chicago is one of marcus lewis alias in his joe lake response he is saying what he really want to say, but doesnt post it under his name marcus lewis so when you say Joe lake is passing garbage, its really marcus lewis passing garbage the Bobby Rush articles a few days ago here on patch, you should read Marcus response and of course his alias Joe Lake was there too in my opinion, Marcus Lewis need to have a mental evaluation based on his communication as himself and thru his alias Joe Lake. Now if Jackson was guilty of something he would be in jail, sure they may be investigating him, but have you noticed it really hasnt been that prominent in the news? other than garbage news like huffing post and of course Marcus Lewis AKA Joe Lake from chicago seems to know more than channel 7 news is reporting SICKO
AUSPICIOUS ! November 07, 2012 at 12:41 AM
marcus works at the post office, what is he gonna pay you with? Joe lake we all know this is your Alias Marcus Lewis Deliver my mail on time tomorrow marcus, AKA Joe lake AKA crazy man (MEN) you are a sick man
AUSPICIOUS ! November 07, 2012 at 12:46 AM
Macus AKA joe lake AKA Tood, you and all your alias lost , voting is over in fifteen minutes, so you and all your persona;ities go to your open bar in Matteson at your litttle bar louie or whatever hotel and do what you do best... you have NO class
Marcus Lewis November 10, 2012 at 06:35 AM
I was right. I told the truth. http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/11/09/former-u-s-prosecutor-negotiating-plea-deal-for-jackson-jr/
Marcus Lewis May 27, 2013 at 11:55 PM
AUSPICIOUS, You backed Jackson Jr. and now he is going to jail for being a thief and admitted felon. You are a blind, traitorist "NUCKLEHEAD"!


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