Mikulski talks her way to $12,750 in 7 1/2 months

June 18, 1992|By Tom Bowman | Tom Bowman,Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON -- Although the U.S. Senate banned speaking fees last August, Maryland Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski nearly equaled her previous year's income from honorariums, according to financial disclosure reports.

Ms. Mikulski, a Baltimore Democrat, collected $12,750 in 1991 speaking fees before the Aug. 14 cutoff date, according to the Senate reports filed late last week. In 1990, she picked up $13,200 in fees for appearing before a variety of businesses and associations.

In 1991, Ms. Mikulski kept $8,750 of her honorariums and donated $4,000 to charity. She also made another three speeches for which donations totaling $6,000 were made to charities in lieu of honorariums. In 1990, she kept $6,700 in honorariums and gave another $6,500 to unspecified charities.

Among her addresses last year was a $2,000 talk to the Amstar Sugar Corp. in New York and a speech to the American Academy of Family Physicians in Kansas City.

Meanwhile, her Maryland Democratic colleague, Paul S. Sarbanes, pulled in $8,700 in honorariums last year and kept the entire amount. In 1990, he collected $21,500 and gave $1,000 to an unspecified charity.

Eight of the speeches made by Mr. Sarbanes were at the Brookings Institution, a liberal think tank in Washington, where he received $400 per speech.

Senators were allowed to keep up to $23,068 in honorariums before the deadline. The Senate outlawed the collection of the speaking fees from special interest groups -- a practice long criticized by congressional reformers -- when it raised senatorial members' salaries from $101,900 to $125,100.

On her list of assets and income, Ms. Mikulski listed 13 stocks, bonds and bank accounts. Of those, 10 were valued between $1,000 and $15,000, two were valued between $15,000 and $50,000 and one Individual Retirement Account was valued at less than $1,000.

Among Mr. Sarbanes' assests are his personal residence in Baltimore, valued between $100,000 and $250,000, along with an account valued at $15,000 to $50,000 in the U.S. Senate Employees Credit Union.

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