O'Malley fundraising takes a pause in first quarter

The Baltimore Sun

Gov. Martin O'Malley, who has said he is considering a run for president in 2016, will report raising just more than $104,000 in two federal political committees during the first three months of this year.

The number is a far cry from the $1.7 million the term-limited governor raised through the two committees last year, but aides say it reflects the fact that O'Malley did not solicit campaign cash during the state's General Assembly session that ended last week.

The governor traveled extensively last year, headlining a major fundraising dinner for the New Hampshire Democratic Party in November, for instance, and there are indications he will step up the effort even more now that session is over. O'Malley has not said whether he would enter the race if former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton decides to seek the nomination.

He spoke in Wisconsin over the weekend, will travel to Kentucky this week and already plans to visit Nevada and Massachusetts next month.

He recently declined to answer questions from The Sun about his preparations for 2016, but in an interview with the Huffington Post this week O'Malley reiterated that he is preparing for a run regardless of whether Clinton jumps in.

"I don't think it is a matter of my convincing as it is a matter of my preparing," he said, when asked what would convince him to run for the White House. "The most important thing for anyone considering this is to have a clear understanding of the framework that you offer for the better future that all of us want for our country."

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