The Maryland State Police spent nearly $100,000 on out-of-state travel to provide executive protection services for the politically ambitious Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) during the first nine months of the year, according to state officials.
The 26 trips included many in which O’Malley traveled in his capacity as chairman of the Democratic Governors Association or to raise out-of-state money for Maryland ballot measures on same-sex sex marriage and immigrant tuition rates.
While other organizations typically picked up the cost of O’Malley’s travel when he wasn’t on state business, most of the expenses incurred by the troopers were paid for by the state in keeping with a long-standing policy in Maryland, aides said.
“He’s the governor wherever he goes, so that cost is picked up by the state,” said O’Malley spokesman Rick Abbruzzese.
The rough figure was first reported by The Baltimore Sun in a broader story on Sunday. The cost to the police totaled $98,460 between Jan. 1 and Sept. 7, according to information provided to The Washington Post on Monday.