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Evans testifies in ethics probe of Convention Center lobbying
May 4, 1998

Councilmember Jack Evans (Ward 2) testified before the DC Office of Campaign Finance today, denying charges that he was lobbied improperly by the Washington Convention Center Authority regarding the proposed convention center at Mt. Vernon Square.

Evans testified in support of WCCA consultant Ibrahim Mumin, whose activities in support of the Mt. Vernon Site are under investigation by the Office of Campaign Finance. On April 10, OCF director Cecily E. Collier-Montgomery issued a preliminary determination that Mumin apparently “lobbied officials in the legislative branch” in violation of DC Code 1-1435(b)(3).

Lawyer-lobbying David Wilmot, representing Mumin, argued that Mumin could not have lobbied Evans because no legislation on the site for the convention center is pending.

In fact, several bills are before the DC Council, including financing legislation, street and alley closings specific to the Mt. Vernon site, as well as the nomination of Terence Golden to be Chair of the WCCA Board of Directors.

Evans’ support is critical for the approval of the Mt. Vernon site because it is located in his ward.

A ruling from the Office of Campaign Finance is expected this week.

For more information:

Kathy Williams, General Counsel, DC Office of Campaign Finance, 202-939-8710
Councilmember Jack Evans, 202-724-8058

Beth Solomon, Shaw Coalition, 202-789-7864

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