- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 18, 2001

BALTIMORE (AP) Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley has raised $860,000 in campaign contributions, but hasn't said what office he's seeking.
Campaign reports show that dozens of the largest contributors have business ties to City Hall. Mr. O'Malley garnered more than 2,000 donations, two-thirds of which came from 450 sources that donated $1,000 or more.
Mr. O'Malley has been mentioned as a challenger to Maryland Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, but has not announced whether he will run.
The largest donors include developers, contractors and owners of large local companies.
Baltimore-based CitiFinancial Corp., its president and two political action committees that are tied to its parent company, gave $9,000 to Mr. O'Malley. CitiFinancial has come under fire for what critics call predatory lending practices.
The company is on the verge of getting 275 spaces, possibly below market rate, in a parking garage paid for with city and state money. The city also approved a $1 million low-interest loan for the company's renovation project.
Other major contributors are members of a Houston family Andrew, Raquel and Justin Segal who gave a total of $10,000. Andrew Segal's company, Boxer Property, owns several office buildings downtown.
Mr. O'Malley raised little money in his first year in office, but kicked his fund-raising into high gear in the second year.
Other contributors include:
* Art Modell, owner of the Baltimore Ravens, who gave $4,000 in August. The Ravens are negotiating with the city to renew the team's $1-per-year lease of its practice facility.
* Federal Hill Development, which gave $2,000. The developers of the proposed Ritz Hotel project on Key Highway have drawn criticism from labor unions and some area residents.


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