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Jefferson Continues to Work in the Face of Corruption Case:

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Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA) continues to maintain a heavy workload and visible profile despite the January guilty plea of former aide Eric Pfeffer that implicated the congressman in a bribery scheme involving African countries and a telecommunications company in the United States. According to Roll Call, “Jefferson — referred to only as ‘Representative A’ in Pfeffer’s plea agreement — allegedly demanded an ownership stake of 5 percent to 7 percent in a telecommunications firm that Pfeffer was helping to start up in Nigeria.” Jefferson has continued to appear with Democratic leaders in visits to his New Orleans district, which was devastated by Hurricane Katrina, and was “one of about a dozen speakers at a press conference in Washington, D.C., for the Gulf Coast Renewal Campaign, which is seeking to protect the voting rights of displaced New Orleans residents for the upcoming New Orleans mayoral campaign.” Jefferson has stated that he is “disappointed and somewhat perplexed” by the allegations made against him.

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Jefferson, Bribery Probed:

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Rep. Bill Jefferson (D-LA) is in the spotlight for his role in a bribery case that has already led a former aide to plead guilty. According to the Washington Post, Jefferson allegedly demanded “cash and other favors for himself and relatives, in exchange for using his congressional clout to arrange African business deals.” The former aide, Brett Pfeffer, claims that after getting a job at an investment firm owned by Lori Mody, the head of a foundation whose aim is to educate Third World children about technology, Jefferson informed him of a business deal to introduce a new technology to African children. According to court documents, Pfeffer states that Jefferson performed a series of official acts, including meeting with African dignitaries, and, in return, asked for a family member to be hired to the new business and for 5 to 7 percent of returns. Federal investigators raided the home and office of Jefferson and the home of the Vice President of Nigeria last August and continue to pursue the case.

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