Jack Evans has established himself as the mayoral race’s most prolific fundraiser, cracking the $1 million mark in last week’s campaign finance reports. While Evans is pulling in the big bucks, though, his campaign has a payroll to match. Since launching in June, Evans’ mayoral effort paid out $171,388.51 worth of salaries or stipends to 67 different people.
With that much money floating around, it’s getting hard to keep track of who’s on the payroll and who’s not. Consider Michelle Bundy, an Evans campaign worker at the center of the latest edition of the campaign blog’s “Volunteer Spotlight” feature. Bundy, described as volunteering for the campaign since July, explains that she’s volunteering for Evans because he’s “genuinely concerned about the health and welfare of the entire citizenry of Washington, D.C.”
That, and also because she’s getting paid. Since August, Bundy’s received $600 in payments described as a salary or stipend from the Evans campaign, according to Office of Campaign Finance reports. It’s a fact that stretches the most charitable definitions of “volunteer.”
Campaign spokesman Jermaine House concedes that Bundy, who did initially work unpaid for the campaign, shouldn’t have been described as a volunteer. But LL thinks the campaign is missing out here on an opportunity to redefine the “volunteer” and get some more workers in the process. While other campaigns run on people hoping to improve the city or get a shot at some patronage after the election, Evans’ new brand of “volunteers” get remunerated in a much more satisfying way.
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