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Council Porks Out—$48 Mil $70 Mil!

Well, looks like Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray's plege to rein in pork-barrel spending will wait one more year for implementation: The D.C. Council is about to approve about $48.4 million $72.7 million in earmarks for various city groups in fiscal 2009, including the controversial $10 million for Ford's Theatre contained in the mayor's budget proposal.

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty had proposed about $27 million in earmarks, but in draft budget legislation circulated today, various councilmembers had added more than $20 million $45 million to that, just about matching far exceeding the level from last year's budget battle. LL still needs to go through the list and see what the mayor got to keep and what he didn't.

But Gray did follow through on promises for greater accountability for earmark beneficiaries. A section of the budget legislation imposes a list of items such groups need to submit by July 15, including articles of incorporation, a recent financial audit, tax forms, and a "detailed Program Statement" explaining what they plan to do with the taxpayer money. Also new: random audits from the D.C. Auditor.

UPDATE, 6:55 P.M.: LL neglected to include the earmarks falling under David A. Catania's health committee. $20.15 million is allocated to specific groups and businesses; about another $4 million is set aside for grants to groups to be determined.

Full list of earmarks after jump.

$24.3 million through Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development

  • $30,000 to the CHAMPS
  • $150,000 to the Cool Capital Challenge
  • $500,000 to Cultural Tourism DC
  • $1 million to the D.C. Economic Partnership
  • $10 million to Ford's Theatre
  • $600,000 to the Historical Society of Washington
  • $250,000 to the Marshall Heights Community Development Organization
  • $300,000 to the National Building Museum
  • $1.5 million to Southeastern University
  • $2 million to THEARC
  • $1 million for the Ward 4 BID Demonstration Project and capital improvement grants to businesses on Georgia Avenue or Kennedy Street NW
  • $190,000 to the Ward 4 BID Demonstation Project abd capital improvements to Georgia Avenue in Ward 1
  • $1 million to the Lincoln Theatre
  • $200,000 to Washington Parks and People for the Hoaward University archeological team
  • $140,000 to Washington Parks and People to reclaim four parcels of vacant propery in Columbia Heights
  • $100,000 to the Ethiopia Community Service and Development Council
  • $100,000 to the Vietnamese-American Community Service Center
  • $100,000 to the Avalon Theatre
  • $200,000 to the National Cherry Blossom Festival
  • $200,000 to Field of Dreams
  • $500,000 to the Greater Washington Sports Alliance
  • $232,000 to Keely's Boxing and Youth Center
  • $100,000 to Takoma Theatre
  • $100,000 to the UDC Fashion Merchandizing Program
  • $100,000 to Fiesta DC
  • $100,000 to Training Grounds
  • $150,000 to Neighbors United
  • $100,000 to Choice Inc.
  • $22,000 to Sports 4 Kids
  • $50,000 to Safe Inc.
  • $100,000 to Byte Back
  • $100,000 to Cultural Tourism DC for east-of-the-river trails
  • $100,000 to the Greater Washington Fashion Chamber of Commerce
  • $400,000 to the Greater Washington Urban League
  • $40,000 to Camp Imagine
  • $25,000 to the Capitol Hill Community Foundation for community gardens
  • $500,000 to D.C. Vote
  • $100,000 to the Ward 7 Business and Professional Association
  • $200,000 to the Washington Area Women in Trades
  • $150,000 to the Capital Area Asset Builders for the Earned Income Tax Credit Campaign
  • $250,000 to GreenSPACE for "development of green collar jobs"
  • $75,000 to Ward 8 Clean and Green
  • $75,000 to the Ward 8 Education Council
  • $100,000 to the St. Phillip Episcopla Church
  • $50,000 to the Young's Memorial Church
  • $100,000 to DC VOICE
  • $100,000 to the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship—Greater Washington
  • $500,000 to Access Housing Incorporated, D.C.
  • $100,000 to the Chinatown Cultural Center
  • $100,000 to the Avalon Building restoration project through Adams Morgan Main Street Group
  • $100,000 to the First Congregational United Church of Christ for kitchen equipment for the Dinner Program for homeless women

$7.66 million through the Children and Youth Investment Trust Fund:

  • $500,000 to Earth Conservation Corps
  • $250,000 to the East of the River Family Strengthening Collarborative
  • $250,000 to the Fort Dupont Ice Arena
  • $50,000 to the Friends of Book Hill Park
  • $10,000 to the Friends of Hillcrest Recreation Center
  • $50,000 to the Friends of Kennedy Playground
  • $50,000 to the High Tea Society
  • $75,000 to the Higher Achievement Program
  • $500,000 to the Hoops Dreams Scholarship Fund
  • $25,000 to the My Buddy Notes
  • $200,000 to the Kids Set Sail program of the National Maritime Heritage Foundation
  • $1 million to Peaceoholics
  • $100,000 to Positive Choices
  • $65,000 to Set Point Inc.
  • $60,000 to the Ward 7 Education Initiative
  • $100,000 to the Ward 7 Nonprofit Consortium
  • $100,000 to the Ward 8 Tennis and Educational Council
  • $50,000 to the Washington East Foundation
  • $100,000 to the Lower Georgia Avenue Job Training Center
  • $100,000 to the Columbia Heights Youth Club
  • $200,000 to PROUrban Youth
  • $500,000 to the Sasha Bruce Youthwork, Inc.
  • $100,000 to the Anacostia Community Outreach Center/Woodland Tigers Youth Sports
  • $50,000 to Inner Thoughts Inc.
  • $50,000 to Jobs Coalition
  • $50,000 to the Institute for the Prevention and Eradication of Violence
  • $400,000 to the Washington East of the River Academy/Youth on the Rise
  • $100,000 to Concerned Citizens on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Inc.
  • $50,000 to the Calvin Woodland Sr. Foundation
  • $25,000 to Because We Care Health Training
  • $50,000 to Behavior Environmental Academic Program
  • $200,000 to the Alliance of Concerned Men
  • $200,000 to Cease Fire...Don't Smoke the Brothers
  • $100,000 to ROOT Inc.
  • $50,000 to Children's Defense Fund
  • $200,000 to Parklands Community Center
  • $75,000 to Ward 8 Youth Leadership Council Inc.
  • $75,000 to Ward 8 Workforce Development Council
  • $50,000 to So Others Might Eat
  • $200,000 to Life Pieces of Masterpieces
  • $300,000 to Everybody Wins!
  • $200,000 to D.C. Special Olympics
  • $250,000 to Dress for Success
  • $250,000 to D.C. Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
  • $300,000 to the National Association of Former Foster Care Children of America Inc.
  • $100,000 to Girls Inc.

$5.65 million through the Commission on the Arts and Humanities:

  • $250,000 to Capital Fringe Festival
  • $300,000 to City Dance
  • $100,000 to D.C. Youth Orchestra for outreach and recruitment efforts for youth in Wards 6, 7, and 8
  • $500,000 to Duke Ellington Jazz Festival
  • $50,000 to Northeast Performing Arts Group
  • $100,000 to the Ward 7 Arts Collaborative
  • $1 million to the Washington Ballet
  • $50,000 to the National Conservancy of Dramatic Arts
  • $200,000 to the U Street Theatre Foundation
  • $332,000 to the Horning Brothers for the restoration of Battisi murals at the Tivoli Theatre
  • $118,000 for the restoration of the central ceiling dome at GALA Hispanic Theater
  • $200,000 to the Source Theater operational efforts through the Cultural Development Corporation
  • $300,000 to the Dance Institute of Washington
  • $150,000 to the D.C. Caribbean Carnival
  • $100,000 to Fiesta DC's annual Latino Festival
  • $200,000 to Melvin Deal
  • $200,000 to East of Anacostia Performing Arts State Center
  • $300,000 to the Humanities Council
  • $400,000 to the Washington, D.C. International Film Festival
  • $300,000 to the Thelonius Monk Jazz Institute
  • $500,000 to the Washington National Opera

$3.525 million through the Department of Health:

  • $250,000 to the Capital Breast Care Center
  • $200,000 to Food and Friends
  • $100,000 to Reeves Recovery Group Inc.
  • $500,000 to Southeastern University to support allied health training
  • $300,000 to Food and Friends for clinical nutrition services for children
  • $200,000 to the District of Columbia Birth Center maternal and child support
  • $100,000 to D.C. Assembly for School-Based Health Care for school-based health programs
  • $250,000 to the National Capital Poison Center for poison control activities
  • $300,000 to the School of Public Health at George Washington University for HIV/AIDS management assistance
  • $150,000 to Transgender Health Empowerment Inc. For transgender HIV/AIDS programs
  • $300,000 to Food and Friends for clinical nutrition services for persons living with HIV/AIDS
  • $100,000 to Crystal Meth Working Group for substance abuse prevention
  • $75,000 to D.C. Hospital Association for emergency preparedness
  • $250,000 to Capital Breast Care Center
  • $250,000 to the Spring Valley Health Study
  • $75,000 to the Ward 8 Clean and Sober Inc.
  • $75,000 to the Ward 8 Health Council
  • $50,000 to the D.C. Area Health Education Citywide Health Navigation Institute

$550,000 through the Department of Human Services:

  • $250,000 to D.C. Central Kitchen
  • $100,000 to Neighbors' Consejo for bilingual outreach efforts to homeless and at-risk people
  • $50,000 to the Youth Development Program at Mount Airy Baptist Church for reducing youth violence
  • $50,000 to Perry School "Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters" (HIPPY) program
  • $100,000 to Asian American Leadership Empowerment and Development for Youth and Families

$1.85 million through the Justice Grants Administration:

  • $1 million to Columbia Heights/Shaw Family Support Collaborative of which $120,000 is for the Bruce-Monroe Initiative, $50,000 for Mentoring Works2 Program, and $600,000 for gang prevention and intervention grants
  • $125,000 to the Visitor's Services Center
  • $400,000 to the Time Dollar Youth Court Diversion Program
  • $325,000 to the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington

$700,000 though the Department of Mental Health:

  • $200,000 to the District of Columbia Birth Center for parental mental-health support
  • $500,000 to the Mary's Center for Home Visitation programs

$600,000 through the Department of Parks and Recreation:

  • $500,000 to the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington
  • $100,000 to UNIFEST

$130,000 through the Department of Small and Local Business Development:

  • $100,000 to the Ward 8 Business Council
  • $30,000 to the Old Takoma Park Business Association

$2.5 million through the Department of Employment Services:

  • $500,000 to the Georgetown University Hospital for allied health training
  • $2,000,000 to OIC/D.C.

$700,000 through the Department of Housing and Community Development to AEDC for Knox Hill Village punchlist repairs

$200,000 through the Metropolitan Police Department to Camp Ernest W. Brown

$18,000 through the District Department of Transportation to the Washington Area Bicyclist Association

$20.145 million through various agencies under the oversight of the council's health committee:

  • $300,000 to Food & Friends for "clinical nutritional support to adults and children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses"
  • $500,000 to Southeastern University to "support allied health-training programs"
  • $1.5 million to the District of Columbia Primary Care Association for "operational expenses for the Medical Homes DC project"
  • $200,000 to the District of Columbia Birth Center Inc. for "maternal and child support"
  • $100,000 to the D.C. Assembly on School Health Care for "operational and infrastructure support for school health policies and programs for the District"
  • $250,000 to the National Capital Poison Center "to provide operational support for poison-control activities"
  • $20,000 for membership dues in the National Legislative Association on Prescription Drug Prices
  • $300,000 to the School of Public Health at George Washington University for "HIV/AIDS Administration management assistance"
  • $150,000 to Transgender Health Empowerment Inc., for "HIV/AIDS primary care and prevention programs that target the transgender population"
  • $300,000 to Food & Friends for "clinical nutritional support to adults and children with HIV/AIDS"
  • $200,000 to KPMG LLP for "Addiction Prevention and Recovery Administration management assistance"
  • $100,000 to the Crystal Meth Working Group for "expanded substance abuse prevention programs"
  • $500,000 to contract with the RAND Corporation for "Center for Policy Planning and Epidemiology management assistance"
  • $75,000 to the District of Columbia Hospital Association for "terrorism response planning coordination services"
  • $8 million to contract with the School of Public Health at George Washington University "to conduct federally reimbursable management and administrative projects on an as-needed basis"
  • $200,000 to the District of Columbia Birth Center Inc. to "support parental education and postpartum counseling"
  • $200,000 to KPMG LLP "for Department of Mental Health management assistance"
  • $500,000 to Mary's Center to "support the Healthy Start Health Family program"
  • $6.75 million for school nurse services "in partnership with Children's National Medical Center"

$4.175 million allotted for grants to be administered by various agencies under the oversight of the council's health committee:

  • $850,000 for comprehensive cancer prevention and screening programs for low-income or uninsured District residents
  • $300,000 to pre-school immunization programs for District residents
  • $2.45 million for "comprehensive HIV/AIDS primary care and prevention programs, of which at least $200,000 shall be allocated to serve the Latino population"
  • $400,000 for "comprehensive HIV/AIDS youth prevention programs"
  • $50,000 to contract with a qualified vendor to conduct a review of detoxification services in the District
  • $125,000 for "oral-health-care programs for low-income and homeless District residents"
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Comments

  1. #1

    The $10 Million grant to Ford's Theatre seems to be sailing right through, despite widespread public rage. Council members either have a death-wish or don't plan to run for re-election.

  2. #2

    Please! Come November, no one will remember or care about this $10 million grant. Look to see how much money the Washington Ballet has gotten over the past few years. Look to see why it got so much money. Look to see what ramifications ensued.

  3. #3

    Skipper: Arts earmarks are like crack. First it's Washington Ballet, then Arena, then Harman Hall, then Ford's Theatre.

    If Council members are such art experts, let's make them dance Swan Lake before they propose more arts pork.

    Mayor Fenty's pal Mike Bloomberg and the NY City Council quit arts pork in favor of competitive grants. It's not just fair, it means arts lobbyists no longer waste the time of NY City Council members.

    See http://notionscapital.wordpress.com/2008/04/29/arts-earmark-rage/

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