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EXCLUSIVE: Cash flows to Rep. Jefferson despite bribery trial
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Mr. Thompson is hardly the only member of Congress providing Mr. Jefferson with campaign cash.
The Bridge PAC, South Carolina Democratic Rep. James E. Clyburn’s leadership committee, gave Mr. Jefferson a pair of contributions in recent weeks totaling $10,000, according to FEC records. Others prominent donors, all Democrats, sending campaign cash to Mr. Jefferson in recent months include Rep. Charles B. Rangel of New York, who gave $5,000; Rep. Diane Watson of California, $1,000; New Jersey Rep. Donald M. Payne, $2,000; and Florida Rep. Kendrick B. Meek, $2,000.
He also received $10,000 each from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the Congressional Black Caucus PAC. The political arm of the Communication Workers of America has given Mr. Jefferson $5,000.
Mr. Jefferson faces a 16-count indictment accusing him of seeking bribes for himself and his family, racketeering, wire fraud and other felony charges.
During the investigation, the FBI raided Mr. Jefferson’s home in Washington, finding $90,000 in cash in his freezer. His congressional office also was raided. Authorities say Mr. Jefferson was videotaped taking $100,000 from an FBI informant.
Charging documents also accuse Mr. Jefferson of soliciting bribes from Vernon Jackson, the president of Louisville-based iGate Inc., for his help brokering contracts for the company in Africa. Jackson has pleaded guilty to paying bribes and is serving more than seven years in prison.
The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals last week denied a request to throw out charges in the case. His trial isn’t expected to begin until early next year in federal court in Alexandria.
About the Author
Jim McElhatton is an investigative reporter for The Washington Times. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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