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D.C. Council member Jack Evans displayed no hesi­ta­tion when an investigator recently asked about his compensation from a prominent Washington law firm.
“I was paid $60,000 a year for the two years I was there,” he said.

But Evans (D-Ward 2) was far less specific when the investigator asked what he did for the firm besides recruiting one client.

“That’s a question I can’t answer,” Evans replied.

In 800 pages of transcripted interviews with lawyers hired by the council, Evans emerges as a man who relied on a clique of business executives — virtually all of them his friends — to pay him hundreds of thousands of dollars for consulting work that he often could not explain or describe.
Evans kept his client list secret — a violation of the council’s ethics code, according to O’Melveny & Myers, the firm retained by the council to examine his business dealings. And time after time, he used his influence as the council’s longest-serving member to benefit his clients and violated the District’s ethics rules, the investigators concluded.

Click here to read the rest of the article written by Paul Schwartzman over at the Washington Post