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O’Malley reports raising nearly $1.2 million for his PAC in final six months of last year

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley delivers remarks before President Obama takes the stage at a Costco store Wednesday in Lanham, Md. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D), who is weighing a 2016 White House bid, on Friday reported raising nearly nearly $1.2 million in the second half of last year, a sum that aides said reflected only part of his fundraising activities for the period.

O’Malley also served as finance chairman for the Democratic Governors Association, a group that raised roughly $28 million during 2013, and he hosted another two dozen fundraisers for candidates and state political parties around the country during the year that aides said collectively brought in more than $1.5 million.

Over the full year, his O’ Say Can You See PAC brought in nearly $1.7 million. The total for the first six months was previously reported.

While the totals were not eye-popping, O’Malley’s activities offered more evidence that he is positioning himself for a possible run for national office. The money raised by his PAC is used to maintain a political staff, pay for his travel and make donations to fellow Democrats.

For the year, he reported contributions to about two dozen candidates around the country, many of them in Maryland, but also a few in the early presidential nominating states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.

O’Malley’s PAC finished the year with $742,000 in the bank.

John Wagner is a political reporter covering the race for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.

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