EDITORIAL: Jefferson Parish’s BP money should have gone to coastal needs, not slush funds

Jefferson Parish Councilman Mark Spears is the latest example of why politicians shouldn’t be given pots of public money to spend as they wish.

Mr. Spears spent some of his district’s share of money from the BP oil spill settlement and other discretionary funds on a Christmas parade, a suite at the Zurich Classic Golf Tournament and the West Bank Heritage Festival, according to an investigation by WVUE Fox 8 News.

He ended up as grand marshal of the parade and hanging out in the suite, which other council members said they knew nothing about. The festival has ties to some of Mr. Spears’ friends and has been cited by the Legislative Auditor’s Office for improper spending, Fox reported.

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