Statement by Jordan Grossman on Latest Corruption Revelations Regarding Jack Evans – Including a $20,000 Ethics Fine

The D.C. Board of Ethics and Government Accountability (BEGA) today announced a $20,000 fine resulting for Jack Evans’ efforts to sell his public office and relationships to paying clients; additional federal and local investigations into Evans’ corruption remain ongoing

WASHINGTON, DC – The D.C. Board of Ethics and Government Accountability (BEGA) today announced a $20,000 fine for Jack Evans’ efforts to sell his public office and relationships to paying clients. In emails sent from an official government account uncovered by the Washington Post, Evans had promised to leverage his “network of business relationships developed as an elected official” for companies and lobbyists seeking contracts with the city. Evans has described his actions as no more of an ethical lapse than printing a boarding pass from a work computer.

“When will Evans finally take responsibility and resign so Ward 2 can move forward? The constant revelations from investigation after investigation are embarrassing,” Jordan said. “It’s time for a Councilmember who will focus on the issues that matter to Ward 2 families.”

BEGA noted that this investigation was merely a “spinoff” of other investigations into Evans’ ethical transgressions, as several other local and federal investigations into Evans’ corruption remain ongoing. Federal authorities recently searched Evans’ home as part of one such investigation.

Fifth generation DC resident and former Obama Administration official Jordan Grossman is a candidate for the Ward 2 seat on the DC Council. Jordan is running to end corruption and make it easier for District residents to afford a home, find high-quality child care, walk, bike, or take public transit to work, and pay off student loan debt. He is challenging scandal-plagued incumbent Jack Evans in the Democratic primary in 2020.

Last week, the first fundraising reports in the Ward 2 campaign revealed that Jordan leads the field in grassroots support after raising approximately $144,000, including Fair Elections public financing funds, thanks to more than 410 individual District residents and more than 610 individuals overall who’ve invested $50 or less in his campaign. By contrast, Jack Evans received fewer than 295 contributions from individual DC residents and fewer than 465 individual contributions overall during his entire 2016 re-election campaign. Local supporters have hosted 20 meet and greet events for Jordan since he entered the race, including 13 in July alone.

For photos of Jordan’s grassroots campaign events, visit flickr.com/photos/jordanforward2.

To learn more, visit JordanforWard2.com.

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