New Orleans’ love affair with the corrupt extended family of Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA) may be entering its last days.
Of the roughly $45,500 Jefferson raised between April and June — a paltry sum for a senior member facing a reelection fight — $13,800, or about one third, came from his own family.
Jefferson’s wife, Andrea, his two oldest daughters, Jamila Jefferson Jones and ex-state Rep. Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, and their respective husbands, Philip Jones and Torey Bullock, each donated $2,300, the maximum allowed by law. Another maximum contribution came from the two daughters’ law firm, although Jefferson will probably have to refund the money, since corporate donations are prohibited by the federal law governing congressional campaigns.
Meanwhile, the congressman still owes himself more than a quarter of a million dollars in loan repayments from the last election.
Not only is he willing to lean on his own kids. He’s not even trying to hide his close connection to other relatives who are in trouble with the law. A campaign document filed in mid-July was signed by Jefferson’s niece Angela Coleman, Assessor Betty Jefferson’s daughter and co-defendant in a federal case surrounding the alleged looting of state and federally sponsored charities, more than a month after she was indicted.
That’s just one of four distinct investigations in which family members are either charged or prominently mentioned, including the congressman’s own bribery case, set for trial in December.