* In April 2005 Mfume found himself embroiled in scandal when the Associated Press reported that according to a confidential NAACP memo, he had given raises and promotions to female employees with whom he had engaged in sexual relations during his tenure as the organization’s president. In May 2005, Mfume acknowledged an affair he had had with a female staffer, calling it a “boneheaded” mistake that lasted only briefly.
* In 2008 Mfume served on the board of directors of American Rights at Work, a group that advocates for workers' right to unionize without interference.
* A vocal critic of what he described as the “illegal” Iraq War, Mfume accused the George W. Bush administration of “deliberately” and “maliciously” lying to the American public about the urgency of deposing Saddam Hussein. He also claimed that the Patriot Act had caused “thousands of individuals [to be] denied their basic civil rights.”
* Mfume has been a member of: the Board of Visitors of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, the Advisory Board of the Schomburg Commission, the Meyerhoff Scholars Advisory Board of the University of Maryland, the Senior Advisory Committee of the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government, the Johns Hopkins University Board of Trustees, the National Advisory Council of Boy Scouts of America, the Gamma Boule Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Masons, and the Big Brothers and Big Sisters.