2012 D.C. Primary Candidates &Their Corporate Contributions

Illustration/Infographic by Derrick Moore

More than half a million dollars’ worth of reported campaign contributions during the primary came from corporations, businesses (parking developers, realtors, restaurants, etc.) , and PACs – the precise figure being $590,786.95.

In a a January interview with WAMU’s Kojo Nnamdi, Council member Muriel Bowser remarked with great dismay in her voice,“Nobody talks about individuals.”

But I will, briefly, before diving into the corporate/business contributions.

The primary contribution records did show “democracy in action” in the form of average Joes-and-Janes contributing to their favoriate canditates. Their donations ranging from $5 to to maximum $1,000 (or a tadbit more for bundlers) made up primarily all of the candidates’ “war chests.”


Not-So Inconspicous Bundling (Beyond Contribution Limits), A Non-exhaustive Look:

Yvette Alexander:

  • $3,500 from the Henrico County (Va.)-Delaware-Originated Group (Springfield/Fairfax/Mount Vernon Petroleum…)
  • $6,000 from the Baltimore-Rodgers Legacy Clan of Twelve (Rodgers Legacy, Randa Investment Co, Inc, Redwood Apartments…)

Marion Barry:

  • $3,500 from the SAME Henrico County (Va.)-Delaware-Originated Group (Springfield/Fairfax/Mount Vernon Petroleum…)

Tom Brown:

Jack Evans:

  • $3,500 from the Clyde’s Incorporated (Gallery Place, Georgetown,…)
  • $7,000 from The Montrose Road Suite 500 Crew

Vincent Orange:

  • $9,000 from the Henrico County-Delaware Originated Group (Including Rock Creek/Capitol Petroleum which did not contribute to either Alexander or Barry)
  • $6,000 from The Montrose Road Suite 500 Crew

Peter Shapiro:

  • $2,700 from Foulger-Pratt Development LLC /Foulger-Pratt Managmenet/ Fougler-Pratt Rockledge Properties, all on March 20, 2012 (3/20/201

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Chart Post No. 3 (n’est-ce pas?): Fourteen-Year Strong HU Adminstratives (And One Ex-Admin) and the Total Cost of Their Employment to the University


HU Administrators Pay Salary Total Cost of Employment Swygert Minor Leftwich Hampshire-Cowan

Derrick Moore (Haynes)

Minding the Pay Gaps/’Students Firsts’, Right?” a.k.a. My Last Screed in The Hilltop

Thanks to the Board of Trustees’ Executive Compensation Committee members, bonuses doled out to administrators last school year caused a bit of stir on campus. However, more can – and will – be said about the yawning pay gap between administrators and faculty members outside of the hospital/medical departments.

A September report by the Faculty Senate’s salary task force found that the the average increase in salary pay trails behind other local universities, including Gallaudet and Trinity universities.

From 1999 to 2009, salaries for professors (tenured, associate, assistant) and instructors at other Washington higher learning institutes have nearly all increased by 30-plus percent. That’s more than double the pay increase that Howard faculty saw.

The average pay increase among Howard professors and instructors was barely out of the teens, ranging at 2 percent for instructors and 17 percent for both tenured and associate professors. (All salary numbers came from a survey by the American Association of University Professors, AAUP, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.)

A survey of IRS 990 forms from the same period (1999-2009) reveals the base salary/compensation for four administrators in office (and still in office except for one) fared much better:

  • Artis Hampshire-Cowan (Senior Vice President and Secretary ) – 40% pay increase

  • Norma Leftwich, JD (General Counselor) – 29% pay increase

  • Hassan Minor, Ph.D (Senior Vice President Strategic Planning, Operations & External Affairs) – 36% pay increase

  • H. P. Swygert, H. Ph.D (President emeritus and law professor) – 48% pay increase

For a fair comparison with the AAUP/Chronicle survey of faculty, other payments and bonuses that contribute to administrators’ total cost to the university were excluded. In the graph that accompanies this piece, all of the aforesaid are included and over a longer time period as well – from 1998 to 2011 school years.

When looking at the AAUP/Chronicle survey over the last two years, a clear gender pay gap is evident. Administrators seemed to have paid attention to this gap and nearly halved the pay gap by academic titles in the latest survey. At the instructor level, female instructors now make more than their male counterparts – $1,200 more, to be precise.

The greatest pay gap in the 2011 school year was between tenured male and female professors. That still remains the case. Last year, tenured female professors made $22,500 less than their tenured male professors, according to survey results.

In 2011-12 survey, results show that tenured female professors now make $11,800 less than male professors – a nearly 91 percent leveling out of the pay gap. If the university can make such progress in this area, then leveling the pay gap between administrators and faculty is not such a impossible task.

And while President Sidney Ribeau has not been at Howard for a decade-plus, looking back at his salary at Bowling Green State University shows that Howard has been more generous. In fact, it follows the general trend of private universities using their promises of higher salaries to lure away employees from public universities.

In the 2007 school year at Bowling Green, Ribeau’s base salary was $305,252. The following year, his final year at Bowling Green, his parting gift was a 2 percent pay increase to $312,125.

Skipping past Ribeau’s six-month pay in 2009 to get to 2010, we have him receiving his first full-year salary from Howard: $608,049 – a nearly 50 percent salary increase from his old salary at Bowling Green.

After the board of trustees voted on PCAR last year, President Ribeau received a 5 percent pay cut, bringing his base salary down to $579,515. But base salary alone underestimates Ribeau’s total cost to the university, which includes a deferred compensation plan: $710,115.

Ribeau’s total cost of employment also includes the “nontaxable benefit” of the university paying $95,000 to rent a house located in the Kent neighborhood of Ward 3.

For a house that’s being paid for the “convenience of the university”, how convenient is it for our president to be closer to American University than to Howard?

To me, that’s $95,000 that could be re-invested into housing for students. Isn’t ‘Students First’ is our university policy? The cost of that rent payment could cover one-year of free on-campus housing for students unable to afford off-campus pads, especially for freshmen and sophomores.

At the same price as president’s rent payment, 31 students could have stayed in Cook Hall doubles with a full bath ($2,995 per student) for free at current room rates. Or instead, twenty-seven freshman boys could have moved into singles in Drew Hall. Or 23 co-eds could have stayed in Meridian singles with a connecting lavatory.

If the university is going to subsidize housing, why not subsidize the housing of students? After all, full-time students cannot work full-time jobs that pay six-figure salaries like our university president and administrators.


Bowling Green State University IRS 990 Forms (FY 2007 to 2008)

FY 2006-2007 (pg. 34)

FY 2007-2008 (pg. 34)

Foundation Center/HU (2002-2010)      ***’98-2001 debating whether I should post on Scribd or not. I was thinking something a little more private.

FY 2001-2002 (pg. 50)

FY 2002-2003 (pg. 25)

FY 2003-2004 (pg. 26)

FY 2004-2005 (pg. 26)

FY 2005-2006 (pg. 5)

FY 2006-2007 (pg. 5)

FY 2007-2008 (pg. 5)

FY 2008-2009 (p. 52)

FY 2009-2010 (pg. 57)

HU – FY 2010-2011 (pg. 65)

HU Faculty Senate:

Task Force Report – Sept. 2011 (pg. 20)

Top 18 Highest Paid Employees at HU & HUH a.k.a. “My First Infographic”

During the 2010 academic year, before the PCAR process began in October 2009, top administrators received pay rises approved by the finance committee of the Board of Trustees.

When Sidney A. Ribeau became president in 2008, his gross pay was $239, 704 with a base salary of 207, 498.  Last year’s gross salary: $608, 049. The new salary figure of more than $700 thousand becomes complete after tacking on nontaxable benefits of $100 thousand dollars, including a  $95,000 house paid by the university (as a traditional custom).

While current university president’s wages soared, his predecessor’s plunged.  H.P Swygert, president emeritus who currently teaches at the law school, received $2, 300,880 in the 2008 to 2009 academic year, as reported in the Hilltop previously. A lion-share of the million dollar compensation was the disbursement of deferred payment –$1, 730, 363, to be exact – from a plan Swygert started in 1999.

Eleven of the top 18 highest paid employees at the university, including the hospital, are administrators with offices in the Mordecai Johnson Administration Building – or in the case of several had offices in the administration building. Continue reading

Would You Like a Protest With Your Tinsel?

At the recent tree-lighting ceremony (36 days before Christmas) held on the main campus (“the Yard”) of Howard University, students from various majors and concentrations gathered to protest recent recommendation’s made by the university’s president which proposed to cut 74 academic programs, including philosophy (as highlighted by Inside Higher Ed), dance, and African studies – all of which have rich legacies at the university. Proposed programs facing elimination would be created to create concentrations that some believe will “water-down” future majors.

Some tree-lighting ceremony attendees did more than sip hot coco: They signed a protest to demonstrate their opposition to the proposed programs cuts.

But affiliates and members of HUSA, who purportedly represents the “student voice”, including current HUSA President Brandon Harris tried to convice the student protestors to leave. (Example No. 1)

Example No. 2

Example No. 3 Current HUSA Vice President Will Roberts and one of the main protest organizers, Andrew Wattley.

Yet the protestors ignored the “cease and dease” attempts of student leaders. Continue reading