Jack Evans Raises Money, Hires Lindenfeld, Gets Smack Talked
Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans' latest financial disclosure report shows his re-election campaign pulling down $90,000 in the last two months, bringing his total haul so far to about $230,000. Some donor highlights: Caps/'Zards owner Ted Leonsis and family donated $1,000. Taxi magnate Jerry Schaeffer—the biggest proponent of a taxi medallion system—gave at least $1,000. And the recent fundraiser by former Mayor Adrian Fenty netted $20,000, DCist reports. (Fenty didn't write any checks himself, according to the financial report.)
The report also shows that Evans has hired political consultant Tom Lindenfeld to help guide the campaign. Lindenfeld says he'll be doing "strategic planning" for Evans. He adds that he worked for Evans' last re-election bid too, at the request of Fenty. (He also worked for both of Fenty's mayoral campaigns.)
Evans doesn't yet have any declared competition, but consultant Fiona Greig has given strong indications that she'll throw her hat in the ring. Greig says she's neither surprised nor concerned about Evans' big haul, and notes that it's "going to take more than money to win this race."
Greig and Evans recently had coffee together to talk public policy. Greig says she felt like Evans was trying to convince her not to run, but she came away undeterred.
"I came away feeling like he might be pretty nervous," she says.
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