Except that most of the criticism came from Jackson lining his own pockets. This proved to be a difficult story to research, not surprising, given that the story is extremely embarrassing to the SCLC, which has never gone public with the allegations, and the reporter who broke the story ended up in hiding afterwards, due to Jackson's harrassment, however, there are a few sites that discuss the controversy. The Encyclopedia Britannica entry on Jesse Jackson states:
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Politico (hardly a rightwing site, but still rather a dodgy leftwing propaganda site) quoted the same comment in their bio of Jackson (http://www.politico.com/arena/bio/jesse_jackson.html).
Clarence Page, no conservative, wrote about the reporter who uncovered the scandal (http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1...is-farrakhan):
When Angela Parker, then a reporter for The Tribune, exposed in 1971 the disputes between Jackson and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference that eventually led to Jackson`s departure and the founding of Operation PUSH, Jackson castigated her from his pulpit, comparing her to the deranged woman who once stabbed Dr. King. Later the reporter`s home was picketed and she was terrorized with threatening phone calls.
FOFWeb (http://www.fofweb.com/History/MainPr...C&WinType=Free) ran Jackson's bio from the Encyclopedia of African-American Politics, which also alluded to the embezzlement charge:
After the Poor People's Campaign, Jackson asked for a higher position within SCLC but was turned down by the group's board of directors. Returning to Chicago to run Operation Breadbasket, Jackson was recognized as the city's preeminent black leader as Operation Breadbasket's protests and related activities (including "Black Expo," an exposition of black business and cultural accomplishments) became highly successful. In 1971 the SCLC board asked Jackson to move Operation Breadbasket to Atlanta, the group's national headquarters; Jackson refused. Later the board suspended Jackson for 60 days because of a conflict about the management of SCLC's Breadbasket funds. Rather than accept the suspension, Jackson resigned and created Operation PUSH (People United to Save Humanity). Naming himself president of Operation PUSH, Jackson continued the Breadbasket activities, expanding them to include political organizing and mobilization.
Then, there is this publication, The Third Way (http://books.google.com/books?id=aox...page&q&f=false), which provides more detail, including the specifics of the allegations against Jackson. It seems that Jackson had run an expo under the auspice of Operation Breadbasket, but used the opportunity to line his own pockets. An audit resulted in Jackson's suspension and resignation.
Now, given what we know about Jackson's subsequent career, embezzling and shaking down corporations has always been part of his MO. Any reasonable person would conclude that Jackson's ouster from SCLC was the result of the same kinds of fiscal malfeasance that has dogged him in every endeavor that he's been a part of since then, but I have no idea what you will conclude.