O’Malley gets gifts from a former president, TV producers and many, many others

Being governor, it turns out, is a pretty good way to build your library — and to collect clothing, cookies, calendars, key chains and other trinkets.

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) reported receiving 86 books last year on a recently filed financial disclosure form that included an 11-page list of gifts.


Former president Bill Clinton sent Gov. Martin O’Malley his latest book. (Charles Rex Arbogast/AP)

Along with various ties and T-shirts, clothing received by O’Malley also included a full Maryland Terrapins football uniform, with a helmet, of course. That arrived courtesy of Kevin Plank, chief executive of Under Armour, the Maryland-based company that outfits the team, and was valued at $200. O’Malley has not been spotted wearing it around the State House.


Julia Louis-Dreyfus, star of the new HBO series “Veep,” whose producers sent O’Malley a pullover fleece. (Stephen Chernin/Reuters).

Leaders from around the globe were also particularly generous to O’Malley in 2011. He got a “Turkish urn” from the mayor of the Kocaeli metropolitan municipality. The Japanese ambassador kicked in an “official coin.” The governor of Chungcheongbuk-do, South Korea, gave O’Malley a necktie and scarf, while a business leader from the country gifted two “hoodie jackets” and two “short sleeve T-shirts with pocket protectors.”

Books were by far the most common offering.

Some are hard to imagine O’Malley seeking out himself. For example, O’Malley, who championed this year’s same-sex marriage bill, received a copy of “God Blocked It!” from the book’s author. The author, Kristen Lambert, details several “dangerous behaviors” in which she engaged, including falling in love with a woman, before finding God, according to a summary on Amazon.

Perhaps more fun: “Crab Decks & Tiki Bars of the Chesapeake Bay,” a gift to the governor from its authors, Susan and Bill Wade.

This blog post has been updated since it was first published.

John Wagner has covered Maryland government and politics for The Post since 2004.

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