City Desk

D.C. Council Porkfest 2010

As noted earlier this afternoon by Nikita Stewart at D.C. Wire, the D.C. Council's economic development committee spent their afternoon carving up a pool of money known as the Neighborhood Investment Fund into little pieces to disburse to various favored groups.

To be fair, councilmember did not start the trend. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's budget proposal, LL was first to report, divvied up the NIF money into places seemingly not in keeping with the fund's original purpose of stimulating development in 12 target areas. Rather, Fenty wanted to money to go for capital improvements at a pair of Ward 2 nonprofits and a passel of arts grants—not to mention a hefty subsidy for the DCUSA parking garage.

Brown proposed dropping most of those directives and putting $10 million of the fund toward competitively bid grants in keeping with the NIF's original intent. But his colleagues had other ideas: Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans started by proposing to restore much of the mayor's proposed earmarks (most of which benefited Ward 2, unsurprisingly). So did Ward 4's Muriel Bowser. Then Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry got in on the action. And Ward 7's Yvette Alexander. Brown was the lone vote against each addition.

Barry tells LL: "I believe in earmarks...as long as there's accountability and transparency."

LL has gotten his hands on the list. He's still plowing his way through the earmarks contained in Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham's committee budget report. Will update with that soon. But this should be enough to get you started.

From mayoral proposal (totaling $2.9 million, via Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans):

  • Rachael’s Women’s Center: $350,000
  • D.C. Center: $500,000
  • Bread for the City: $250,000
  • D.C. Central Kitchen: $250,000
  • CityDance: $250,000
  • D.C. Jewish Community Center: $250,000
  • Duke Ellington Jazz Festival: $250,000
  • Kennedy Center: $250,000
  • Washington National Opera: $250,000
  • Washington Performing Arts Society: $250,000
  • Dakshina Dance Company: $75,000

From Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser:

  • Riggs Road reconstruction project: $2.1 million

From Councilmember Marion Barry (totaling $2.695 million):

  • UNIFEST: $100,000
  • Sasha Bruce Youthwork Inc.: $300,000
  • Woodland Tigers Youth Sports: $100,000
  • Jobs Coalition: $50,000
  • Institute for the Prevention & Eradication of Violence: $50,000
  • C.H.O.I.C.E. Inc., $100,000
  • Concerned Citizens on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Inc.: $100,000
  • Calvin Woodland Sr. Foundation: $100,000
  • Behavior Environmental Academic Program (BEAP): $75,000
  • Alliance of Concerned Men: $100,000
  • ROOT Inc.: $100,000. Melvin Deal: $250,000
  • the Parklands Community Center: $100,000
  • Cultural Tourism D.C.: $100,000 ("for expanding the Anacostia Initiative, which will focus on education and leadership for Wards 7 and 8 youth, and build upon the African American Heritage Trail")
  • Greater Washington Fashion Chamber of Commerce: $100,000
  • Greater Washington Urban League: $100,000
  • Ward 8 Clean and Sober Inc.: $75,000
  • Ward 8 Clean & Green Inc.: $75,000
  • Ward 8 Youth Leadership Council Inc.: $75,000
  • Ward 8 Business Council: $100,000
  • DC VOICE: $100,000
  • Byte Back: $50,000
  • Turning the Page: $100,000
  • Cabel Foundation Inc: $45,000
  • Byte Back: $50,000
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington: $300,000 ("for programming at Anacostia High School")

From Councilmember Yvette M. Alexander (totaling $1.8 million):

  • East River Family Strengthening Collaborative: $100,000
  • National Kidney Foundation: $100,000
  • Marshall Heights Community Development Corporation: $100,000
  • Ward 7 Arts Collaborative: $100,000
  • Lifepieces to Masterpieces: $100,000
  • Northeast Performing Arts Group: $50,000
  • Ward 7 Business and Professional Association: $100,000 ("on the condition that a new Executive Director and Board of Directors are appointed")
  • GreenSpace: $200,000
  • Groundwork Anacostia DC: $50,000
  • Fort Dupont Kids on Ice: $250,000
  • East of the River Boys & Girls Steel Band: $50,000
  • Washington East Foundation: $50,000
  • Ward 7 Education Initiative: $50,000
  • Lifting As We Climb Foundation Inc.: $50,000
  • African American Music Association: $100,000
  • Keeley's Boxing: $100,000
  • Set Point, Inc.: $50,000
  • Champs: $50,000
  • Fiesta DC: $50,000 ("through the D.C. Commission on Arts and Humanities")
  • Latino Economic Development Corporation: $150,000
  • Educational Organization for United Latin Americans: $50,000
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  • SG

    One man's pork is another's necessary social service. A lot of non-profits that do considerable good are funded through NIFs. I think pork can be very good and very bad. But more often very good, as it typically funds the arts, economic development that create desperately needed jobs, tourism, and of course community-serving non-profits for the underprivileged.

  • http://governmentgrantswomen.com/ SG

    One man's pork is another's necessary social service. A lot of non-profits that do considerable good are funded through NIFs. I think pork can be very good and very bad. But more often very good, as it typically funds the arts, economic development that create desperately needed jobs, tourism, and of course community-serving non-profits for the underprivileged.
    Sorry, forgot to add great post! Can't wait to see your next post!

  • Concerned

    Appears the Council can't even follow its own advise. I thought the idea was no earmarks two years in a row. New year, same group.

    How much Peaceoholics get?

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