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O'Malley launches national PAC

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Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley has started a new political action committee to fund Democratic candidates nationwide as well as two ballot initiatives in his state, fueling speculation that the second-term governor could eventually seek federal office.

Mr. O’Malley, chair of the Democratic Governors Association, filed paperwork this week with the Federal Election Commission to establish his “O’ Say Can You See PAC,” according to his spokesman Rick Abbruzzese.

Mr. Abbruzzese told Roll Call on Thursday that the PAC will raise funds in support of federal candidates and for referendums this year in Maryland to legalize same-sex marriage and the Dream Act, which would allow in-state tuition rates for some illegal immigrants.

“It’s a mechanism to help support these ballot initiatives and contribute to the national conversation,” he said.
Mr. O’Malley, a former mayor of Baltimore, has become increasingly visible on the national stage as DGA chair and as a surrogate for the Obama campaign.

Term limits will force him out of office in 2014, and many insiders say he could seek the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016.

Early polls have shown that he trailed several Democrats, including New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who earned accolades from his party last year for engineering his state’s passage of gay marriage one year before Mr. O’Malley was able to do so in Maryland.

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