Discussion in 'Politics' started by RadiomanATL, Aug 22, 2011.
D.C. councilmember spent $135K on sports tickets - WTOP.com
Is he going to prison?
Probably not, since he says he gave most of the tickets to poor children, and there seems to be very little oversight of the fund.
No he won't be going to jail...I would bet my house on it.
Instead he will probably be allowed to resign, with likely 6 months pay or more and full pension.
What he did wasn't against the law since the rules have a very wide and gaping hole.
Corruption in Washington D.C. government? Color me shocked.
Was it really illegal or just an "ethics" violation.
Corruption does not seem to be illegal very much.
According to the WaPo story, the fund comes from donations, not from tax dollars, and is to be used to offer “charitable, scientific, educational, medical, recreational and other services”. There also seems to be corroboration that the tickets were being offered to the community. Of course, it would be almost impossible to prove that *none* of the tickets went to cronies or to people Congressman Evans was trying to lobby, and indeed the Congressman concedes that he has used some of the tickets personally.
Far from being illegal, the Congressman's use of the fund seems to be in largely or entirely in line with the fund's stated purpose (attending a sporting event is recreational). Of course I would prefer that funds were used more narrowly on antipoverty measures, and that the regulations were changed to require this.
Evans' use of the fund seems inappropriate and politically embarrassing. However, it is quite common for more prominent political figures to actually use taxpayer dollars on personal expenses, or to cheat on their taxes. Evans' actions are relatively unobjectionable.
Not to most.
I am sure none of his relatives objected.
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