Exact match amounts will not be confirmed until campaign-finance officials verify the information candidates submit. But Evans’s challengers are already touting their access to the additional resources offered under the system created by the 2018 Fair Elections Act.
“Fair Elections has made it possible for me to run a grass-roots campaign that’s based on the people’s support, not on the same old insiders and big corporate donors,” said Jordan Grossman, who was an Obama administration staff member. His campaign is emphasizing the ethical cloud over Evans, who is under federal investigation for his connection to businesses affected by D.C. government decisions.
Grossman raised the most money by the filing deadline, with more than $37,000 in contributions. With matching funding — which is supplied in part based on the number of donations that come from individual District residents — he said he anticipates that amount will grow to more than $140,000.
Kishan Putta, an elected advisory neighborhood commissioner in the Georgetown area, and Patrick Kennedy, also a Ward 2 neighborhood commissioner, each said they expect to have close to $80,000 once matching money is calculated. A campaign official for activist and neighborhood commissioner John Fanning said the candidate expects to have about $71,000 when matching money is included. The fifth candidate, Daniel Hernandez, said Thursday that he had been granted more time to file his report.
“Both community involvement and fundraising are vital to this campaign, and we are in an extremely strong position on both fronts,” Putta said in a written statement. Since entering the race five weeks ago, he has raised nearly $13,000, not including matching money.
Activists who supported public funding of elections said they were heartened by candidates’ rush to take advantage of the new law.
“More than ten months away from next June’s primary, it’s exciting to see so many candidates commit to fundraising from their constituents and everyday DC residents, instead of wealthy donors and big corporations,” Jeremiah Lowery, chairman of D.C. for Democracy, said in a statement.
Evans, the District’s longest-serving elected official, has not yet filed reelection paperwork but has shown no signs that he does not plan to run again.
Evans, who was first elected in 1991, has spent months embroiled in scandals stemming from his relationships in the local business community.
In June, he resigned from the board of the Metro regional transit agency, which he chaired, after an independent investigation commissioned by the agency found that he had knowingly violated ethics rules by helping friends and clients of his private consulting firm.
Evans also is the subject of a separate investigation commissioned by his fellow council members, as well as an ongoing criminal inquiry by the federal government. FBI agents
searched his home
six weeks ago.
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