Virginia candidate Jackson has history of money problems

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The Republican nominee for lieutenant governor in Virginia, Chesapeake pastor E.W. Jackson, has a long history of financial and legal troubles, including his repeated failure to pay taxes in Massachusetts and Virginia, The Washington Examiner has learned.

Jackson's money problems extend back 30 years to when he was a young lawyer in Massachusetts, but continued into last year, when he was running for the U.S. Senate in Virginia, records show.

The founder of Exodus Faith Ministries joined the Republican ticket in May, but remains a largely unvetted political commodity for Republicans, who picked him as Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's running mate in the fall election.

A history of E.W. Jackson's money troubles
1985 -- The IRS puts federal tax lien on his Massachusetts home for unpaid taxes dating back to 1983.
1991 -- Pioneer Broadcasting Associates file complaint seeking the $3,600 he owed.
1992 -- William Fahey wins a judgement in Massachusetts for $5,906. Not paid until 1998.
1993 -- Jackson files for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, listing 35 creditors.
2002 -- Earl Jackson Ministries is terminated by Virginia for upaid fees.
2007 -- Chesapeake shopping center owner wins $6,700 judgement against Jackson's church for unpaid rent.
2012 -- City of Chesapeake sues over unpaid debt; case dismissed after he paid.
2012 -- Non-profit Youth with a Destiny Inc., is terminated by Virginia after failing to pay fees in 2008, 2011 and 2012.

Jackson's money problems began back in 1985 when the Harvard-trained lawyer was living in Middlesex County, Mass., and was hit with a federal tax lien for failing to pay $3,000 since 1983, state records show. He paid off the IRS debt two years later, but his money troubles continued.

In 1993, Jackson filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, according to federal court records. Among the nearly three dozens creditors he owed were city, state and federal tax collection agencies, Harvard University -- where Jackson received his law degree in 1978 -- several banks, a church, a hospital, relators and the Encyclopaedia Britannica.

More recently, Jackson was forced to pay about $6,700 to a Virginia couple that sued him in 2007 for failing to pay rent on space leased by his Chesapeake church. Just last year, Jackson paid taxes owed to the City of Chesapeake only after the city sued him, court documents show.

Jackson didn't respond to repeated requests for interview. His campaign told The Examiner in an email that he would hold a press conference to address his past.

"The answers you are looking for will most assuredly be given at that time," the campaign said, although it didn't say when that would be.

Cuccinelli also did not respond to requests for comment. The gubernatorial nominee has been distancing himself from Jackson since the May convention, declining to discuss his running mate's past statements calling homosexuality "perverse," comparing Planned Parenthood to the Klu Klux Klan and linking yoga to Satan.

But Jackson's past financial troubles create new issues for Cuccinelli, who is running as a fiscal conservative on an anti-tax platform. And while the lieutenant governor's office has traditionally held few responsibilities, the current office holder, Republican Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, has cast several deciding votes in an evenly divided Senate.

Jackson's campaign biography contains several other discrepancies. He claims he was an adjunct professor at Northeastern University in Boston, but the school has no record of him.

Jackson also takes credit on his website for starting Youth With a Destiny Inc., described as "a non-profit organization established to help youth avoid gangs, drugs and violence." But that organization was terminated by the Virginia State Corporation Commission in 2012 after the group failed to pay state fees in 2008, 2011 and 2012, records show.

Another organization, Earl Jackson Ministries, was terminated by Virginia in 2002, again for unpaid fees.

scontorno@washingtonexaminer.com

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