A look at Martin O’Malley’s $10,000 donors


Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

The fundraising total reported by Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley’s political action committee on Wednesday was bolstered by 11 donors who gave $10,000 — the maximum amount that O’Malley decided he would accept.

During the first six months of the year, O’Malley’s PAC, dubbed O’ Say Can You See, maintained a so-called “non-federal” account, allowing him to take contributions of any size. Seven individuals and four companies gave O’Malley’s self-imposed limit of $10,000, according to a filing with the Internal Revenue Service.

Together, those donations accounted for nearly a quarter of the $487,574 that O’Malley’s PAC reported collecting between January and June.

Here’s a rundown of those 11 donors:

— Bruce Charash: a cardiologist in New York.

— John Coale: a retired trial lawyer and husband of Fox television personality Greta Van Susteren; he loaned O’Malley $500,000 during his 2006 campaign for governor.

— William Dockser: chairman and founder of CRI, Inc., which owns multi-family and commercial properties nationwide; and a member of the Maryland Port Commission.

— David Gelfand: a partner in the Washington office of law firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton who focuses on antitrust issues.

— Marcia Gelfand: homemaker in Potomac and wife of lawyer David Gelfand.

— David Zaslav: president and chief executive officer of Discovery Communications in Silver Spring, a media company with television networks including the Discovery Channel, TLC and Animal Planet.

— Pam Zaslav: homemaker and wife of David Zaslav of Discovery Communications in Silver Spring.

— HCR ManorCare: a company, based in Toldedo, Ohio, that operates more than 500 skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers, assisted living facilities, outpatient rehabilitation clinics and hospice and home health-care agencies.

— White Flint North LLLP: a real-estate management company based in Rockville.

— Veolia Transportation: a company, with corporate headquarters in Lombard, Ill., that manages more than 200 bus, rail, shuttle and taxi services around the country. The company’s chief executive began his career with Yellow Cab of Baltimore.

— Health Care Facility Management LLC: a hospital management company based outside Cincinnati, Ohio.

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