Lunch and greens fees at the Tournament Players Club at Avenel in Potomac. Gift boxes filled with Mrs. Fields cookies. Chocolate Kahlua trifle cakes. A pound of Belgian chocolate. Cuff links. Tickets to boxing matches and NFL and NBA games. A pair of tickets to see Prince. And a flight to El Salvador.
That is a sampling of the gifts that people who do work with the county gave to elected county officials last year, according to financial disclosure forms filed last month.
Under the county ethics code, there is no limit on gifts to officials. Gifts worth more than $25 must be reported.
The forms reveal the following:
* Council member Thomas R. Hendershot (D-New Carrollton), who has said he "will never pass up a free meal," received $5,455 in gifts last year, making him the top recipient on the council. He received more than $400 worth of fruit baskets after his quadruple bypass surgery. Hendershot's biggest gift-giver was lobbyist Bruce Bereano, who shelled out $1,280 for dinners at the Maryland Inn and Washington Wizards and Baltimore Orioles games. Lobbyist Gregory S. Proctor Jr. paid $200 for lunch with Hendershot at the golf course in Potomac.
* Council member Samuel H. Dean (D-Mitchellville) received $534 in gifts. He got cuff links. He shared the pound of chocolate with his staff. His biggest-ticket item was an $85 Waterford clock from Montgomery Development.
* County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D) got the two tickets, costing $160, to the Prince concert from Steve Jumper of Washington Gas Co. Johnson also listed a $25 smoked turkey from Charles B. Chitty of Chattanooga, Tenn., and a $40 scarf made in Turkey given by Shafqat Chaudry, the owner of a limo service in Alexandria. David Ewing, director of government and community relations for Gaylord Entertainment, gave him the novel "Pushkin and the Queen of Spades." And developer Pat Ricker and lobbyist John McDonough paid for rounds of golf during the Maryland Municipal League convention in Ocean City last year. In all, Johnson received $1,400 in gifts.
* In addition to his job on the County Council, Tony Knotts (D-Temple Hills) worked for the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission as assistant director of intergovernmental relations. Knotts, who was council chairman last year, received 30 tickets from the Washington Redskins for a game. Knotts gave the tickets to staff members and council members.
* Council member Camille Exum (D-Seat Pleasant) saw a Layla Ali fight courtesy of Michael Worthy, an attorney in the county. She also received 16 of the 30 Redskins tickets given to Knotts, according to his filing. Exum did not list the tickets on her form.
* Council member Douglas J.J. Peters (D-Bowie) did not report receiving any gifts.
* Council member William A. Campos (D-Hyattsville) is the only council member who does not own a home. Campos, who at 30 is the youngest council member, rents in Hyattsville. Campos said he is looking "but keeps getting outbid." Campos listed a trip to El Salvador for the Salvadorians Around the World: Presidential Forum in November. The council member did not name his benefactor.
* Council member Marilynn Bland (D-Clinton) blamed former staff members for an incomplete form. In an addendum, she wrote: "During last year, 2004, I received several items that were sent to me by constituents and other parties outside of my district and instructed my staff to log each item so everything would be listed for any disclosure reports. My staff, at the time, did not log any of the items received. Therefore, I do not have an accurate listing of those items received and the names of the people who sent them."
* Council member David Harrington (D-Cheverly), who was the mayor of Bladensburg before being elected to the council, has moved to Cheverly. Harrington maintains his property in Bladensburg under his wife's name.
* Council member Thomas E. Dernoga (D-Laurel) also has a second job. According to his report, he received income last year from his law office in Laurel.
Aside from gifts given to elected officials, here's a little more of what was disclosed by some of the county's senior-level managers:
* Pamela H. Piper, the deputy chief administrative officer for government internal support and the director of the Office of Central Services, maintains 100 percent ownership of her information technology company, Modern Technology Systems Inc., in Riverdale. When Piper was appointed in 2003 to run the department, which handles contracts, purchasing and the management of county buildings and vehicles, the county administration released a statement that "although [Piper] retains ownership of her company, she does not receive a salary. Her company will not do any business with the county or its contractors as long as she is employed by the county."
* Last week, this column reported that Iris B. Boswell, the deputy chief administrative officer for budget and finance, had moved to Glenn Dale. On her form, she listed that city on a line that asked for the "present home or work address." But on a line for "property owned or rented," she also gave a Richmond address.