Presidential hopeful O’Malley sets Ann Arbor fundraiser

Chad Livengood
Detroit News Lansing Bureau

Lansing — Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley plans to hold a fundraiser in Ann Arbor next month during the former Maryland governor’s first campaign visit to Michigan.

O’Malley will join supporters of his bid for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination Aug. 12 at the Arbor Brewing Company’s downtown Ann Arbor brewery, campaign spokeswoman Haley Morris said Wednesday.

The O’Malley campaign is seeking $250 donations from donors, $50 from young professionals and $30 from students to attend the “Happy Hour” with the former two-term governor, according to a fundraiser invitation.

Supporters who donate $500 can be hosts for the fundraiser and $1,000 donors can chair the event, according to the invitation, which was posted on O’Malley’s Facebook page.

O’Malley, a former Baltimore mayor, left office in January after eight years as governor of Maryland. He is running what most political analysts consider a long-shot campaign to upset former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as the Democratic Party presidential nominee in 2016.

The Detroit News reported last week that Clinton collected at least $567,000 in donations from Michigan donors at a July 21 fundraiser at a private home in Grosse Pointe.

The other Democratic presidential candidates are Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, former U.S. Sen. and Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee and former U.S. Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia. None of them have made public appearances in Michigan this election cycle.

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