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O'Malley Donates To Baltimore Council Hopefuls

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley's involvement in the upcoming Baltimore elections has extended beyond his endorsement of candidates for mayor and City Council president.

The governor's campaign committee gave money in July to 11 Democratic candidates for City Council, according to a campaign finance report filed last month by O'Malley (D), the former Baltimore mayor.

O'Malley gave $6,000, the maximum allowed, to both City Council President Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Councilman Edward Reisinger. William Cole, who is campaigning for an open seat, received $3,000.

O'Malley gave $500 to eight other incumbents seeking re-election: Agnes Welch, Helen Holton, Bernard "Jack" Young, Robert Curran, James B. Kraft, Mary Pat Clarke, Rikki Spector and Sharon Green Middleton.

O'Malley has endorsed Sheila Dixon for mayor and Rawlings-Blake for City Council president. Dixon, the former City Council president, became the interim mayor when O'Malley moved from Baltimore to Annapolis with nearly a year left in his term. Rawlings-Blake ascended to fill Dixon's seat.

An O'Malley aide said his campaign decided to file the finance report, which details campaign activity since January, because O'Malley got involved in the Baltimore elections.

The report also shows that O'Malley gave bonuses of as much as $5,000 to several of his campaign staff and that his campaign manager continued to receive payments as recently as May for work unrelated to his government job.

Josh White, O'Malley's former campaign manager who now serves as the governor's director of intergovernmental affairs, has received more than $15,000 in campaign funds since O'Malley took office in January, according to the report. An O'Malley aide said much of the money was compensation for database and finance work done by White in his spare time.

Among the campaign aides who received $5,000 bonuses: Lucie Snodgrass, a deputy campaign manager; Rick Abbruzzese, O'Malley's press secretary; Colm O'Comartun, his body man; Brian Hammock, field director; and Rebecca Mules, O'Malley's scheduler. All but Snodgrass now work in the governor's office.

By John Wagner  |  September 5, 2007; 6:59 AM ET
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