A review of financial disclosure statements sheds light on how Annapolis lawmakers make their money and whom they are indebted to — at least for the sort of debt that's marked in accounting ledgers.
Gov. Martin O'Malleyreports that in addition to making a living as Maryland's chief executive, he's signed up with the Screen Actors Guild. Remember his role as the mayor in Ladder 49 from 2004 when Baltimore's then-Mayor O'Malley starred as one of some 500 extras in the film featuring John Travolta and Joaquin Phoenix?
O'Malley's disclosure form, marked by "N/A" more often than anything, was filed April 27. The disclosure for his membership in SAG was necessary because the guild, along with Walt Disney Pictures, did business in 2011 with the state Department of Business and Economic Development.
Besides the brush with Hollywood, O'Malley reported that his wife, Catherine O'Malley, is a District Court judge, that he owes between $10,000 and $24,999 on a 2008 loan with Bank of America for a vehicle and that the couple has two student loans they're paying off.
The Sun also pulled disclosure forms on some of the state's top elected officials. Many of these forms will be available electronically next year, under legislation passed by the General Assembly earlier this year. The bill says lawmakers must post their outside employment, as well as their spouses', and their conflict-of-interest statements. The financial disclosure forms, however, won't be on the Internet.
Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. noted specifically on his financial disclosure statement that works as a private attorney, based at 8808 Old Branch Avenue in Clinton.
That property, which Miller reportedly bought for between $200,000 and $250,000 in 1980, is one of many he owns, according to the disclosure statements.
Miller also owns a rental in Bethesda, a house on Chesapeake Beach, a second and third commercial building in Clinton, a vacation house in Naples, Fla., three lots in Chesapeake Beach and a lot in Clinton.
House SpeakerMichael E. Buschreports some mutual funds and stock he owns with his wife, Cynthia, and a home they own in Annapolis, which they bought in 1997 for $150,000 to $199,999.
Busch also reports that he earns $120,000 a year as assistant director at the Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks. His disclosure forms show his wife works for Anne Arundel County Public Schools. She also is on the boards for the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts and Annapolis Area Ministries.
House Minority Leader Anthony J. O'Donnell, a Republican who represents Calvert and St. Mary's counties, reported that he bought a home in Lusby in 1988 for less than $100,000, and he also owns a vacation home in Middletown, Pa., near where he was born.