The latest round of constituent service fund disclosures came out earlier this month, and they show—-LL can’t believe it—-lots of actual constituent service.
Vince Gray‘s fund covered some rent bills; D.C. Council chairman Phil Mendelson‘s fund spent $290 on food for people mourning Medric Mills, the 77-year-old man who died after not receiving help outside a District fire station. Mayoral hopeful and Ward 4 councilmember Muriel Bowser‘s fund paid $1,100 to campaign strategist Tom Lindenfeld‘s firm in exchange for robocalls to her constituents.
In the first three months of 2014, meanwhile, Ward 2 councilmember Jack Evans‘ fund continued with its usual policy of spending constituent service money on sports tickets, spending $26,266 on three Washington teams. Evans defends the purchases, telling LL that the tickets go to constituents who might not otherwise be able to afford a game.
Lucky Evans constituents could see the Wizards ($8,075 spent), the Nationals ($12,935 spent), or the Capitals ($5,256 spent). And maybe they’ll be joined by Evans, who concedes that he “sometimes” uses the tickets himself.
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