Gov. Martin O'Malley, who is considering a run for president, raised just over $796,000 into two federal political committees in the second quarter of the year -- continuing steady fundraising progress even as speculation about 2016 continues to center on Hillary Clinton.
O'Malley, whose second term ends in January, has traveled extensively on behalf of other Democrats in this mid-term election year and donated to incumbents running in some of the nation's most competitive races, including Sen. Kay Hagan in North Carolina and Sen. Mary Landrieu in Louisiana.
The governor raised significantly more between April and July than he did in the first quarter of this year, when he largely suspended fundraising during his last legislative session in Annapolis. Campaign finance records to be made public today show he also raised more in the second quarter of this year than he did during the entire second half of last year.
O'Malley will report having nearly $895,000 on hand.
"Real human beings do these jobs," O'Malley told the Los Angeles Times this month when asked how he will make the decision whether or not to run. "And I think any person who feels that they have something needed to offer has to give a lot of thought and a lot of reflection and be very clear that what it is that you have to offer, what mix of experience, insights, talents, desires and hopes do you have an ability to bring forward on behalf of the people that you would serve that would make our country a better place."
O'Malley is laying the groundwork for a campaign despite polls showing that Clinton, should she decide to run, would dominate the Democratic field.
Most of O'Malley's donors are still from Maryland, but the governor hosted fundraisers in recent months for gubernatorial candidates in New Hampshire, South Carolina, Michigan and Iowa. He has also delivered keynote addresses this year for state and local parties in New Hampshire, Nevada, Massachusetts -- among others.