Ex Bowser Ally Blows Whistle About Main Streets’ Financial Management

Once a Green Teamer through and through, Jackson Carnes makes for an unlikely whistleblower. Yet…


Once a Green Teamer through and through, Jackson Carnes makes for an unlikely whistleblower.

Yet that is exactly the position Carnes finds himself in following his tumultuous three-month tenure running the Upper Georgia Avenue Main Street program. He told the D.C. Council he has extensive evidence of  “unethical and potentially fraudulent activity” on the part of the people running the city-funded program, and repeatedly raised the issue with District officials. But all he’s gotten for his trouble is a stiff arm and a pink slip.

Carnes, a former staffer for former Ward 4 Councilmember Brandon Todd and a veteran of Mayor Muriel Bowser’s 2014 campaign, isn’t alone. A series of businesses and nonprofits that work with the city’s Main Street organizations, which are designed to support small companies and invigorate D.C.’s commercial corridors, have grown increasingly concerned about the agency overseeing the program: the Department of Small and Local Business Development.