William J. Jefferson
|from The Bribe Taker, #4 in Rolling Stone's The Ten Worst Congressmen:
While his constituents back home were still reeling from the worst natural disaster in U.S. history, Jefferson was lining his own pockets in Washington. In May, the FBI raided his office after the Louisiana Democrat was caught accepting $100,000 in bribes – most of which was later discovered in Jefferson's freezer.
Equally shameful were Jefferson's antics after Katrina struck: He commandeered a Coast Guard helicopter to gather personal effects from his home in New Orleans – at a time when his constituents were literally drowning in their attics. William J. Jefferson/excerpt