ByÂ Luke Rosiak-The Washington Times
D.C. CouncilÂ memberÂ Tommy WellsÂ on Wednesday called for the elimination of special funds the cityâ€™s lawmakers are supposed to use to help the needy – money critics consider â€œslush fundsâ€ rarely tapped to help residents.
A Washington Times review of 10,000 payments totaling $3.3 million since 2004 shows that just 3 percent or $84,000 has gone to power and water bills, presumably for needy constituents, and $37,000 for phone bills. More – $133,000 – has been spent at pro sporting events.
Members also spent about $22,000 for delivery of bottled water and wrote $63,000 in checks to themselves, reimbursing themselves for meals with constituents and undisclosed other expenses from the so-called constituent services funds. Lawmakers raise money for the accounts from businesses and unions.
Mr. Wells, Ward 6 Democrat, called for the reform – backed by some but denounced by a pair of fellow council members – as part of a wish list of suggested changes to a comprehensive ethics bills under review by theCommittee on Government Operations.
The proposed legislation by council memberÂ Muriel Bowser, Ward 4 Democrat and theÂ committeeâ€™s chairwoman, took ideas from 10 ethics bills and set a starting point for restoring public faith in city lawmakers after two years of political scandal.
Don’t let the MSM censor your news as America becomes Great Again. Over 500,000 Americans receive our daily dose of life, liberty and pursuit of happiness along with Breaking News direct to their inbox—and you can too. Sign up to receive news and views from The 1776Coalition!
We know how important your privacy is and your information is SAFE with us. We’ll never sell
your email address and you can unsubscribe at any time directly from your inbox.