D.C. Council Member Bought Sports Tickets With Constituent Fund: Report

Monday, Aug 22, 2011  |  Updated 6:32 PM EDT
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Evans's Spending on Sports Tickets Questioned

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Another D.C. Council member is being called out for spending practices.

A report that said Council member Jack Evans used money from the constituent services fund on professional sports tickets. Questions have been raised about whether that's the best use for the money.

The Washington Post said a review of Evans campaign finance records revealed he spent $135,000 on Washington Nationals, Washington Wizards and Washington Kastles games.

The Ward 2 representative said he bought the passes to support the local franchises and gave most of tickets to residents, schools and charities.

Under current rules, Council members have wide discretion on the use of money in the constituent service fund, which is funded by money from private donors.  Council members in other wards have used the fund to assist needy constituents with rent and utility bills, but the money can be used for activities that promote residents' "general welfare." 

The money from the fund cannot be spent on political campaigning. The maximum contribution from any one person or company is $500. Each member can raise a maximum of $80,000 per year.

Council member Tommy Wells told The Washington Post the spending was inappropriate and called for tighter restrictions.

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