O'Malleys made about $900K since 2007

Governor and wife earned about $300K per year, mostly from official salaries

August 28, 2010|By Annie Linskey, The Baltimore Sun

Gov. Martin O'Malley released three years of tax forms Saturday morning, showing that since he became governor, he and his wife Catherine, a District Court judge, have made $300,000 each year on average.

Much of the income is from O'Malley's $150,000 yearly salary as governor and his wife's roughly $117,000 salary as a judge. Their earnings increased significantly in 2008 when O'Malley began receiving $60,000 in annual Baltimore City pension payments from his two terms on the City Council and two terms as mayor.

O'Malley, a Democrat, released his forms a day after his political opponent, Republican former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. O'Malley issued three years' worth of forms; Ehrlich released five years'. O'Malley released employer-issued W-2 forms, which provide more detailed income information; Ehrlich did not. Neither candidate allowed reporters to keep copies of the forms or photograph them.

Ehrlich's tax forms showed that he and his wife, Kendel, have made nearly $2.5 million since he lost the 2006 election and joined the private sector as a partner in the Baltimore offices of Womble, Carlyle Sandridge and Rice. Most of that income — $2.2 million — came from the law firm.

Like the Ehrlichs, O'Malley and his wife filed jointly. The couple made $322,000 in 2009; $314,000 in 2008 and $266,000 in 2007.

The O'Malleys have paid about $70,000 in federal and state income taxes in the past three years. They donated about $20,000 to charity but did not provide any detail about which organizations benefited from their giving. The Ehrlichs gave $36,000 to 124 charities in the same time period.

The O'Malleys also checked off voluntary contributions to the Chesapeake Bay and Endangered Species Fund in 2009 and 2008 on their Maryland tax forms. In 2008, the O'Malleys also contributed $50 to the Fair Campaign Finance Fund. The Ehrlichs did not make any voluntary contributions on their state forms.

O'Malley has not earned any income from his band, O'Malley's March, since he became governor, his reports show. His spokesman, Rick Abbruzzese, said the governor has declined to take any profits from CD sales and tickets.

The governor reported one source of outside earnings: $7.58 from Walt Disney Co. in 2009 — a payment for a brief appearance in the 2004 movie "Ladder 49," which starred John Travolta and a young Joaquin Phoenix.

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