Democratic governors meeting Tuesday afternoon in Los Angeles elected Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley to lead their organization for a second term, keeping him at the helm of the Democratic Governors Association for the busy 2012 election year.
In a news release, O'Malley called 2011 a "banner year" for the DGA and said next year he hopes to build on the group's "strong foundation."
O'Malley has led the group since last December, raising a "record breaking" $11 million for the organization in the first six months of the year while using the position to build a national profile with frequent appearances on Sunday morning talk shows.
Next year there will be 11 gubernatorial contests, eight of them in states that currently have Democratic top executives. This year there were four races.
O'Malley's chief responsibility as the head of the DGA is to raise money for the organization that can be used in gubernatorial races. A recent analysis of DGA financial disclosure reports by The Baltimore Sun found that companies like Exelon with a strong interest in Maryland have stepped up giving since O'Malley became head of the organization.
O'Malley, in his second term as governor of Maryland, cannot seek re-election and thus cannot directly benefit from any donations.
The GOP has a similar organization, called the Republican Governors Association. It is led by Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.