Few surprises in O’Malley’s tax returns
The income is mostly from his $150K yearly salary as governor, her roughly $120K salary as a judge and two years worth of city pension payments O'Malley earned from two terms in the city council and two terms as Baltimore mayor.
O'Malley was not required to release the forms, though said he would do so if his political opponent, Republican former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich, made his public. O'Malley issued three years worth of forms; Ehrlich released five years. O'Malley released W2 forms; Ehrlich did not. Neither candidate allowed reporters to keep copies of the forms or photograph them.
Ehrlich's tax forms, which were made public Friday afternoon, showed that the and his wife Kendel have made nearly $2.5 million since he lost the 2006 election and joined the private sector as a partner in the Baltimore offices of Womble, Carlyle Sandridge and Rice. A story detailing Ehrlich's income was in today's Sun.
O'Malley and his wife Catherine filed jointly. The couple has donated about $20,000 to charity in the last three years. They did not provide any detail about which organizations benefited from their giving.
The O'Malley's also checked off voluntary contributions to the Chesapeake Bay and Endangered Species fund in 2009 and 2008. In 2008, the O'Malley's also contributed $50 to the Fair Campaign Finance Fund.
O'Malley has not earned any income from his band, O'Malley's March, since he became governor, his reports show. His spokesman, Rick Abbruzzese, said any earnings from CD sales and tickets have gone to band members.
O'Malley received one $7.58 payment from Walt Disney in 2009 -- Abbruzzese said those funds from O'Malley's brief appearance in the 2004 movie Ladder 49, which starred John Travolta and a young Joaquin Phoenix.