WASHINGTON -- With a ban on speech fees and other honorariums due to go into effect in 1991, several Maryland members of the House of Representatives took advantage of the privilege while it lasted in 1990, according to records disclosed today.
House members voted not to accept honorariums in 1991 in exchange for a 28.6 percent pay increase that has raised their salaries to $125,100. The honorariums ban resulted from criticism that lawmakers were allowing industries to buy influence with fees for speeches and articles.
The Senate did not approve a pay increase and senators may continue to receive honorariums.
Some Maryland lawmakers donated all or part of their fees to charity.
Rep. Helen D. Bentley, R-2nd, received $22,125 in honorariums, nearly all of it for speeches made to companies and organizations such as T. Rowe Price in Baltimore, the Tobacco Institute and Rockwell International. She listed no donations to charity.
Rep. Beverly B. Byron, D-6th, received $18,000, apparently for speeches, from the Tobacco Institute, Rockwell International Corp., TRW Inc. and other entities, without donating any to charity.
Rep. Kweisi Mfume, D-7th, was paid $20,600 for speeches and appearances, including $2,000 from the American League of Financial Institutions and $2,000 from Connell Rice & Sugar Co. He donated $3,765, contributing to various churches, the NAACP and the Baltimore Museum of Art.
Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin, D-3rd, took in $9,500, and donated all of it to unspecified charities. The National Blue Cross and Blue
Shield organization in Chicago and the American Council for Capital Formation each paid him $2,000.
The top honorariums recipient, Rep. Tom McMillen, D-4th, received $34,800 and donated it all to charity. Numerous industry groups, representing chemical, cable television, tobacco, broadcasting and other interests, paid him speaking fees.
Neither Rep. Constance A. Morella, R-8th, nor Rep. Steny H. Hoyer, D-5th, reported receiving any honorariums. Rep. Wayne T. Gilchrest, R-1st, was elected last Novem
ber and took office in January.
Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes, D-Md., received $22,000 in speech fees, many from the Brookings Institution in Washington. He donated $1,000 to charity.
He also reported receiving two gifts: from General Motors Corp., tapes of the Civil War documentary that appeared on PBS last year, valued at $200; and a quilt valued at $465 from Lebanon Valley College in Pennsylvania.
Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, D-Md., received $13,200 and donated $6,500.