Elections

O’Malley’s Campaign Begins Taking Taxpayer Money

Alex Pfeiffer White House Correspondent

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley’s campaign will receive $846,365.09 in federal matching funds for his 2016 Democratic nomination, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) announced Friday.

This was O’Malley’s first regular request for matching funds. He received an initial $100,000 in January after being declared eligible for federal money in November. He was the first candidate to apply for funds and be declared eligible. To be eligible one must raise $5,000 in twenty separate states.

The FEC sent a request on Jan. 20 for the Treasury to transfer funds to O’Malley’s campaign. The taxpayer money matches contributions of $250 and below from individuals dollar for dollar.