Carnes is supporting the mayoral bid of Evans‘ colleague, Councilmember Muriel Bowser, and has done some volunteer work for her campaign, including knocking on doors.
The university is barred from endorsing or supporting political candidates.
“The university clearly understands its obligation under federal tax law not to participate in political campaigns,” GWU spokeswoman Candace Smith said in a statement. “GW strictly complies with this law and does not endorse political candidates or make contributions to political candidates.”
In addition to Evans, Council Chairman Phil Mendelson supported giving the alley to GWU without conditions. Mendelson said he felt it was premature to ask GWU to contribute to the Metro entrance when Metro doesn’t even have a capital plan to build it. He also noted that GWU was open to contributing to the Metro project if and when it is built.
First elected in 1991, Evans, a 59-year-old Democrat, is the longest-serving of the 13 councilmembers and one of three who are running for mayor. The others are Bowser and Tommy Wells, also Democrats. A favorite of the downtown business community, Evans counts the development of Verizon Center and Nationals Park and the revitalization of the 14th Street, Northwest, corridor among his signature achievements.
Evans has largely avoided the ethical questions that have clouded district government, but in 2005, The Washington Post revealed that he used a political-action committee to pay for meals for constituents. Following the report, Evans shut down the PAC, and he did not face discipline. He has also spent more than $100,000 from his constituent-services fund on sports tickets, a practice that is permissible under district law but has been criticized by some of his colleagues.