Mel Reynolds

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Connection to Jesse Jackson

Jesse Jackson would be the one to petition for Mel Reynolds to be pardoned by then-President Bill Clinton.

From the USA Today article, Pardon drama casts wide net, by Susan Page and Mimi Hall, published on February 23, 2001:[4]

Jesse Jackson, a Clinton ally who successfully appealed to commute the sentence of former Illinois congressman Mel Reynolds, serving a seven-year sentence for corruption and having sex with a 16-year-old campaign worker.

Jackson would then hire Reynolds for his Rainbow/PUSH Coalition.[5]

Connection to Bill Clinton

From Snopes article, Reynolds Rap, by David Mikkelson, published on June 26th, 2015:[6]

January 2001: Just before leaving office, President Clinton (at the urging of Jesse Jackson, among others) commuted the sentence of former Illinois congressman Mel Reynolds, who had spent 30 months in a state prison for statutory rape (i.e., having sex with a 16-year-old campaign volunteer) and was serving a five-year sentence in federal prison for lying to obtain loans and illegally diverting campaign money for personal use.