Gov. Martin O'Malley's time on the road last year paid dividends: The Democratic Governors Association, which he chairs, raised a "record breaking" $20 million last year, according to a news release from the group.
O'Malley, in a statement, called 2011 "truly a banner year for Democratic governors and the DGA." O'Malley took command of the group in Dec. 2010 and was recently re-elected for a second term.
In the first six months of the year the DGA reported raising around $11 million, which indicates the pace of fundraising slowed in the second half of the year. The DGA did not release more detailed information about the amount raised or donors. They report twice a year to the IRS, which eventually posts the data on its website.
The Sun found that in the first half of the year some companies with ambitions to build projects in Maryland or with legislation before the General Assembly were far more generous to the organization this year.
For example, Exelon, which sought state approval for a merger with Constellation Energy gave $250,000, tenfold more than their highest previous donation. O'Malley said the donations do not influence the policies he pushes here.