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Democrat Rep Accused Of Taking Bribes

What’s this? A corrupt Democrat politician? From Louisiana?

Saudi-owned Reuters has the shocking news:

Kentucky man pleads guilty to bribing lawmaker

By Andy Sullivan
Wednesday, May 3, 2006

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Kentucky businessman pleaded guilty on Wednesday to bribing Louisiana Democratic Rep. William Jefferson in an African Internet venture, the Justice Department said.

Louisville technology executive Vernon Jackson has pleaded guilty to bribery and conspiracy to commit bribery, and will help investigators as they examine Jefferson’s dealings with Jackson’s company, iGate Inc., the Justice Department said.

The plea deal could prove embarrassing for Democrats who have made corruption scandals involving Republicans a central theme of their campaign to take back control of Congress this November.

A former Jefferson aide pleaded guilty in January to bribery charges for his role in the deal, and seven Jefferson staffers told the House of Representatives in March that they had been served with subpoenas.

In a statement, Jefferson denied any wrongdoing.

"I have never over all the years of my public service accepted payment from anyone for the performance of any act or duty for which I have been elected," Jefferson said.

According court records filed in the plea deal, Jefferson helped secure a deal with a Nigerian company, Netlink Digital Television, to deploy iGate’s high-speed Internet technology throughout Africa and when that deal turned sour secured $45 million from a Virginia investment firm.

Jefferson traveled to Nigeria, Ghana and Cameroon to promote iGate’s technology and sought financing through the Export-Import Bank of the United States, the documents say.

In return, Jefferson demanded payments to a company maintained in the name of his wife and children, according to the documents.

Jackson paid the company $367,500 in cash and 24 percent of its Class A stock between 2001 and 2005, according to the plea deal. He also paid $88,000 for travel expenses.

The House was scheduled on Wednesday to vote on an ethics-reform package inspired by several corruption scandals.

Gosh those Republicans are crooked.

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