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.
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.
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.