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Operation PUSH documents financial ties with Jackson lover

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CHICAGO (CNN) -- Seeking to end questions about the financial dealings between the Rev. Jesse Jackson's civil rights organization and a former employee with whom Jackson fathered an out-of-wedlock child, representatives for Jackson released information Thursday detailing payments made to Karin Stanford by Jackson's Rainbow/PUSH Coalition.

The information purportedly documents more than $35,000 paid to Stanford, 39, the former head of the Washington office of Rainbow/PUSH coalition with whom Jackson has a 20-month-old child.

Jackson and his wife, Jacqueline, have been married since 1963 and have five children. He hosts CNN's Both Sides with Jesse Jackson.


CNN has obtained a copy of an accounts payable register for Jackson's Citizenship Education Fund that reflects payments to Stanford of $15,000 in moving expenses to relocate from Washington to California and $21,000 in "consulting services."

Most of the consulting fees were for a research study that was part of the organization's Media and Telecommunications Project, said Jackson spokesman John Scanlon.

He said the study has been completed and that Stanford is no longer employed by either Rainbow/PUSH or the Citizenship Education Fund, which was founded by Jackson in 1984 to research and advocate for the poor and disenfranchised.

Scanlon said Rainbow/PUSH had agreed to let Stanford draw $40,000 from its Citizen Education Fund as an advance against future consulting work which she could use to buy a car or a house.

But higher ups at Rainbow/PUSH nixed the deal, Scanlon said.

Contradicting earlier statements from officials of the civil rights organization, Stanford received no severance when she left Rainbow/PUSH's full-time employ, Scanlon said.

But Stanford, who has a doctorate and ran the group's highly visible Washington office, was reimbursed for her moving expenses and was paid to finish a study of the impact of the Internet in disadvantaged communities.

Scanlon said the 150-page study will be published shortly.

Jackson acknowledged the affair last month, just before The National Enquirer published a story about it.

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