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.
Others included a $2,000 speech at the University of California at Los Angeles and a $1,000 address at Ohio Wesleyan University.
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. The reports offer ranges of value, rather than specific amounts, in accordance with congressional rules.
Included among her investments are Precious Metal Gold Certificates, coupled with an asterisk noting, "no investments in South Africa."
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. Neither senator listed any debts.