O'Malley makes $200,000 pledge for party event

Glendening, Angelos also promise donations for Democratic fund-raiser

March 11, 2000|By Ivan Penn and Thomas W. Waldron | Ivan Penn and Thomas W. Waldron,SUN STAFF

Mayor Martin O'Malley is making his first foray into national politics since becoming mayor with a pledge to raise $200,000 for a Democratic National Committee fund-raiser at the Inner Harbor Wednesday.

The $5,000-a-plate dinner, sponsored by Orioles owner Peter G. Angelos, is expected to draw a crowd that will include President Clinton, Gov. Parris N. Glendening and Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend.

Along with O'Malley's $200,000, Glendening has promised that he would raise $250,000, including a $25,000 donation from his campaign fund, sources close to the fund-raiser said. Angelos also is expected to raise $250,000, with most of the money coming out of his own pocket, sources said.

The fund-raiser is scheduled for 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Harbor Court Hotel in the Inner Harbor.

O'Malley, who did not endorse any candidates in the Democratic primary, said he is raising money for the DNC because he wants to help ensure that a Democrat remains in the White House. He said Republican presidents in the past have not given Baltimore the kind of support the city needs.

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