Friends of Dan and Marilyn Quayle raised $340,000 in tax-deductible funds from nearly 200 contributors around the country to add children's bedrooms on the third floor of the vice president's residence, his office said yesterday.
Of that amount, about $140,000 was spent on the improvements, supplementing $200,000 in money appropriated by Congress last year in response to an indirect appeal by Marilyn Quayle.
Some of the remaining $200,000 in private gifts (coincidentally the same amount appropriated by Congress) will be used for improvements "not appropriately ... covered by appropriated funds," including a swimming pool, according to David R. Woodward of McLean. Woodward is a member of what he called a "small fluid committee" of volunteers who have been raising the money since January 1989. Still to be added is handicapped access to the residence, using both appropriated and private funds.
The completed third-floor project provided four new bedrooms, a sitting room and an office, as well as up-to-date heating and cooling systems, plumbing and wiring throughout the third floor, the vice president's office said.
The largest single donation was $20,000 by Margaret Hunt Hill and the Community Foundation of Texas, according to a list of donors released by Quayle's office. The smallest was $10.
The range between those extremes included a $15,000 gift by committee chairman Deanna Freeland and her husband, Pizza Hut owner Richard Freeland, of Fort Wayne, Ind.; gifts of $10,000 each from Mr. and Mrs. Jamie Coulter of Kansas and Thomas W. Kelly of Indiana; 16 gifts of $5,000 each from such contributors as Detroit industrialist Max Fisher, cosmetics queen Estee Lauder of New York, developer William Cafritz and his wife, Buffy, of Bethesda, and auto dealer Joseph R. Koons and his wife of Virginia.
Norman and Nancy Brinker of Texas donated $1,500; Nancy Brinker has worked extensively for the past year with Marilyn Quayle on breast cancer education. Norman Brinker also donated $5,000 from a fund he controls with the Community Foundation of Texas. Former deputy secretary of state John C. Whitehead and his wife, Nancy Dickerson, donated $5,000, as did Hollywood producer Jerry Weintraub and his wife, Jane. Gretchen Poston, White House social secretary during the Carter administration, donated $1,000.
Woodward, a Washington attorney, said committee members' concern about ethics prompted them to develop guidelines "to minimize the possibility that donations would be used to obtain favors or give the appearance there was any quid pro quo.
"We took the position that a donor should not have a financial interest with the government, such as a government contract, that people under consideration for government office would not be contacted, that corporations not be solicited and, finally, that there be a no-strings-attached statement returned with the donation," he said.
The group worked closely with the vice president's legal counsel in developing procedures to solicit and receive funds, according to Woodward. If a contributor's name was not recognized, the counsel's office sought identification from the committee.
"The idea was that everybody giving money would be known to someone on the committee," said Woodward. He knew of no one whose donation was refused, he said, although some may have decided not to contribute after being told of the guidelines.
Raising tax-deductible gifts to renovate and redecorate the vice president's house began when George and Barbara Bush moved there in 1981. Their friends, most of them from Texas, raised $125,000. Shortly after the 1988 election, Marilyn Quayle told friends that the third floor was inadequate for a family. Since appropriated funds were not available to renovate it, she said, she would seek donations.
On inaugural night, at a party in the residence at which they could see the third floor, a "committee of sorts," as Woodward described a group of Quayle friends, decided to help.
"We didn't try to divide things into segments but we did go out and contact people we thought might be interested," he said. "We didn't use the campaign contributor list, possibly because those people had been approached in another context. This wasn't something the Quayles viewed as political as much as personal."
While the committee took care of donations, Marilyn Quayle went to work on Congress. After 14 years on Capitol Hill as the wife of a congressman and then senator, she knows how the place works. In the spring of 1989 she invited Aubrey A. "Tex" Gunnels, staff director of the House Appropriations subcommittee overseeing the financial needs of the residence, to see the house. She made it clear that the 1989 request for a congressional appropriation of $378,000 for the "care, maintenance and operation" of the residence was not enough to create bedrooms and a bath for her children.
Her office said later that no formal request for money had been made on that occasion, but that it appeared that Gunnels's visit had been "helpful." Before long, an additional $200,000 was allocated, bringing the total to $578,000.
For fiscal 1991, the Bush administration requested an additional $48,000 from Congress, or a total of $626,000, to care for, maintain and operate the vice president's residence. Of the additional funds, Rep. Joe Skeen (R-N.M.) observed during a subcommittee hearing, "That's getting to be a perennial problem."
"The stairs are falling in, the ceilings are all cracked. ... It looks like water leaks through the ceilings," replied Office of Management and Budget Director Richard Darman. "Obviously, they do not entertain on the second and third floor, but it is definitely not an impressive residence."
Donors giving $2,000 or more are listed below:
Mr. and Mrs. John A. Alexander -- Indiana
Homayoun Aminmadani -- Tennessee
Rabbi Milton Balkany -- New York
Floyd E. Davis Jr. -- Washington, D.C.
J.R. Donnell -- Florida
Mr. and Mrs. David Evans -- Washington, D.C
Indiana Society of Washington, D.C. (Robert Cutter) -- Washington D.C.
Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Kravis -- Oklahoma
Mrs. Roy Pfautch -- Missouri
R.H. Pickens -- Texas
Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Rose -- Michigan
Lucy Billingsley -- Texas
Mr. and Mrs. Melville Hall -- Florida
Mr. and Mrs. Richard J. Jacob -- Ohio
Natalie I. Koether -- New Jersey
Heinz Prechter -- Michigan
William Swanson -- Washington, D.C.
Douglas McCorkindale -- Virginia
Thomas G. Pownall -- Washington, D.C.
James W. Emison -- Minnesota
C. Charles Jackson -- Minnesota
Mr. and Mrs. John P. Kyle -- Maryland
Mr. and Mrs. Harold P. Ransburg -- Florida
Mr. and Mrs. Robert R. Taylor -- Minnesota
Mr. and Mrs. John W. Vardaman Jr. -- Washington, D.C.
Mr. and Mrs. George L. Ball -- New York
F. Harlan Batrus (Frederick Batrus Foundation) -- New York
Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Bennett -- Maryland
William Bone -- California
Norman Brinker (Community Foundation of Texas) -- Texas
Mr. and Mrs. William Cafritz -- Maryland
Mr. and Mrs. Lodwrick M. Cook -- California
Mr. and Mrs. Richard J. Divelbiss -- Wisconsin
Mr. and Mrs. Max Fisher -- Michigan
William E. Flaherty -- New York
Mr. and Mrs. Francis M. Gregory Jr. -- Virginia
Mr. and Mrs. J. Steven Hart -- Washington D.C.
Marilyn Hoadley (Leonard & Sophie Davis Foundation) -- Florida
Bill Koeppel -- New York
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph R. Koons -- Virginia
Estee Lauder -- New York
Mrs. Myron Kent Martin -- Texas
Kenneth R. McDonald -- California
Mr. and Mrs. G.N. Parrott -- Texas
Mr. and Mrs. Henry J. SMith -- Texas
A.E. Szambecki -- Ohio
Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Weintraub -- California
Mr. and Mrs. John C. Whitehead -- New York
Mr. and Mrs. Jamie Coulter -- Kansas
Thomas W. Kelly -- Indiana
Mr. and Mrs. John Teets -- Arizona
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Freeland -- Indiana
Margaret Hunt Hill (Community Foundation of Texas)