Loose Lips

Jack Evans Keeps His Sports Tickets

Back when LL was writing a cover profile of Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans, the sticky subject of Evans’ penchant for spending large amounts of his constituent service fund on pro sports season tickets came up.

The problem, as Evans saw it, wasn’t that he was leveraging his public office for front-row seats at Nats games, but that the media was making a big stink about something no one else cared about. Evans says he gives most of the tickets away to deserving people, so who cares if he’s spent $135,000, mostly raised from developers and other monied interests, on season tickets in the last decade?

Still, Evans says he wasn’t sure he was going to continue buying the tickets, given the drubbings he’s taken for them.

It’s clear that Evans has made up his mind: He’ll keep the tickets, thank you very much.

During last month’s vote on an ethics overhaul, the council voted to amend Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser’s omnibus bill to allow Evans to continue to buy season tickets. Bowser originally proposed prohibiting councilmembers from spending constituent service funds on “year-long or season admissions to theatrical, sporting, or cultural events.”

Evans managed to get seven other councilmembers to vote with him to undo that provision, thanks in no small part to a sustained lobbying effort on his part. Several councilmembers say Evans approached them individually multiple times looking for support.

At-Large Councilmember David Catania, who joined Councilmembers Yvette Alexander, Marion Barry, Michael Brown, Phil Mendelson, and Harry Thomas Jr. in voting with Evans, says it didn’t take much prodding. While he personally wouldn’t use his constituent service fund to buy season tickets, Catania says, he didn’t want to “get into the business” of telling councilmembers how to spend their constituent service funds.

“I think there are bigger issues to focus on,” says Catania.

For his part, Evans wouldn’t comment on his lobbying efforts, but added, “We’re going to continue the practice, because it’s not prohibited.”

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

Comments

  1. #1

    Meh.
    I'd rather the law focus on how the CMs get the money and what needs be disclosed, and let the voters focus on how it's spent.

  2. #2

    He seem like a real dick.

  3. #3

    The ethics bill was a goose chase to keep Bowser busy. No real reform will come. Our new ward 4 CM will do better.

  4. #4

    You should really expand your list of sources beyond Chuck Thies. Jack buys tickets and gives them to his constituents, yawn!

  5. #5

    @NE John; he seem like a redneck from Pa. without the white sheet over his face. Only he knows what's truly in his heart, it he's a racist.

  6. #6

    Bam! Did Mr.Rules hit us with a what you goin do boo! Rules ya'll and rules for us in full effect!

  7. #7

    SO HE SELLS HIS SOUL TO OTHER CM’S TO GET ‘THE JACK EVANS PROVISION’ THROWN OUT. WHY??? BECAUSE HE DOESN’T WANT THE MONEY HE RECEIVES FROM THE INFLUENCE OF HIS OFFICE TO BE CONTROLLED BY SOME BASIC STANDARDS THAT EVERY ONE KNOWS SHOULD BE IN PLACE.

    YO MS FIONA TAKE THE NEXT COUPLE OF YEARS TO GET YOUIR DUCKS IN A ROW, HIRE A PRO TO RUN CAMPAIGN AND GET THIS JOKER. HIT ME UP I’LL VOLUNTEER FOR YA!!!!

    “I think there are bigger issues to focus on,” says Catania.
    WE ALL KNOW THE BIGGER ISSUE YOU WANT TO FOCUS ON!!!

  8. #8

    Another reason why Evans must go. If he can't see why raising "constituent services money" (aka "slush funds") is a problem, he's too ethically challenged to continue representing the public.

    It's even more aggravating when he and the rest of the city council are double-dipping with their full-time jobs and ridiculously overpaid "part-time" council jobs. We, the voters, are idiots for not being even more incensed with the conflicts of interest galore because of this arrangement.

  9. #9

    $135,000 on sports tickets? Really?
    How about using constiuent services money to help pay for college scholarships for constituents? How many kids could have been helped?

  10. #10

    It is time for Jack Evans to be voted out of office. He sees it as an "entitlement" as opposed to a "privilege".

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