Martin O'Malley 2016 presidential campaign

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O'Malley for President
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CampaignUnited States presidential election, 2016
CandidateMartin O'Malley
Governor of Maryland (2007–2015)
Mayor of Baltimore (1999–2007)
AffiliationDemocratic Party
StatusWithdrawn as of February 1, 2016
Headquarters1501 St. Paul Street, Suite 114
Baltimore, Maryland
ReceiptsUS$6,073,767 (2016-02-29[1])

The 2016 presidential campaign of Martin O'Malley, the 61st Governor of Maryland, for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States in 2016 was announced on May 30, 2015.[2] On February 1, 2016, he suspended his campaign after a poor showing in the Iowa caucuses.[3]

O'Malley originally was the strongest competitor of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as the rest of the candidates only polled at 2% or lower. After the entrance and rise of Bernie Sanders in mid 2015 O'Malley and Jim Webb would switch places for third place in the polling until Webb dropped out. O'Malley dropped out of the race after receiving only 0.54 in the Iowa caucuses.

O'Malley would have been the fourth Catholic after Al Smith, John F. Kennedy and John Kerry to be nominated by a major party ticket and the third to have not been born in any of the fifty states after Al Gore and John McCain.


First elected Mayor of Baltimore in 1999, O'Malley was reelected as mayor in 2003. Considering a run for governor in 2002, he instead focused on his mayoralty. In 2006, nearing the end of his second term as mayor, O'Malley announced his candidacy for Governor of Maryland, an office he would win by a sizeable margin; he was reelected by a wider margin in a rematch against Bob Ehrlich in 2010.

Prior presidential elections[edit]

During the 2008 Democratic Presidential primaries, O'Malley endorsed then-U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton over then-Senator Barack Obama. O'Malley served as the chair of Clinton's campaign in Maryland.[4]

2016 election[edit]

O'Malley had been seen as a potential presidential candidate since at least November 2012.[5] In the next month, he said that Clinton, who launched her own 2016 campaign, would be a "great president", brushing off questions about his own potential candidacy and commenting that he would have to do "a lot of soul-searching and discernment and introspection."[6]


The day prior to his announcement, May 29, O'Malley released a video[7] of himself strumming the presidential fanfare "Hail to the Chief" on his guitar, alluding to his impending announcement. The following day, May 30, he launched his campaign at a scheduled rally in Baltimore, Maryland.[2]

On January 20, 2016, the Federal Election Commission announced that his campaign would receive $846,365.09 in federal matching funds, on top of an initial $100,000 the campaign received after qualifying for matching funds. In November 2015, O'Malley became the first 2016 presidential candidate to be declared eligible by the Commission to receive federal matching funds.[8]

On February 1, 2016, O'Malley announced the suspension of his campaign after a poor showing in the Iowa caucuses.[9]

On June 9, 2016, O'Malley endorsed Hillary Clinton.[10]


Living wage[edit]

O'Malley at a campaign event
O'Malley speaking with supporters at a campaign event in Manchester, New Hampshire

During a speech at Harvard's Institute of Politics, O'Malley stated his support for a $15 minimum wage, claiming that it will "fuel economic growth, greater consumer demand."[11] He is also careful to refer to his support for a "living wage" rather than a "minimum wage."[12] During his final year serving as the Governor of Maryland, O'Malley signed a bill to gradually raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.[13] This followed a 2007 "living wage" law requiring government contractors to pay their employees significantly more than the minimum wage; the exact level of wage increase varied from county to county depending on the cost of living.[14]

Financial regulation[edit]

O'Malley has made financial regulation a significant plank of his platform, placing such great emphasis on it that he has been nicknamed "the Glass-Steagall candidate." This name also stems from his strong support for the reinstatement of the provision of the Glass-Steagall Act separating commercial and investment banking.[15] O'Malley favors breaking up the nation's biggest financial institutions in order to prevent a repeat of the 2008 financial crisis, in which a number of banks were declared "too big to fail."[16][17]

Immigration reform[edit]

O'Malley speaking at an immigration roundtable in Phoenix, Arizona

Many in the Latino community consider O'Malley a strong ally on immigration reform. For instance, Congressman Luis Gutiérrez called him a "champion" of immigration in 2014 when the two were working to oppose the White House's deportation policy.[18] O'Malley's support for allowing minors escaping violence in their home countries to stay in the United States put him at odds with the White House, which favored sending them home.[19] When he was Governor of Maryland, O'Malley signed a statewide DREAM Act allowing young illegal immigrants to pay in-state college tuition and to a bill to get driver's licenses.[20]

Gun control[edit]

O'Malley is a gun control advocate. In May 2013 he signed the Firearm Safety Act which bans magazines that hold more than 10 bullets; bans 45 types of semiautomatic rifles; and requires people seeking to buy any gun other than a hunting rifle or shotgun to obtain a license, submit fingerprints to police, undergo a background check and pass classroom and firing-range training in Maryland.[21][22] He is calling for a national assault weapons ban.[23] O'Malley says that he is "pissed" about the gun control climate and that Congress is not doing anything about it.[24]

Right-to-vote amendment[edit]

O'Malley in August 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act in South Carolina by calling for a constitutional amendment to "protect every citizen's right to vote, once and for all." He added that "Passing a constitutional amendment that enshrines that right... will give U.S. courts the clarity they need to strike down Republican efforts to suppress the vote."[25]

Fiscal policy[edit]

O'Malley generally promotes fiscally progressive economic policies.


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