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Gov. Martin O'Malley is expected to be a prominent Democratic candidate in 2016.
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Gov. Martin O'Malley is expected to be a prominent Democratic candidate in 2016.

Maryland governor Martin O'Malley has started his own political action committee. It's being seen as another sign that he is trying to raise his profile nationally ahead of a possible campaign for president in four years.

O'Malley set up the PAC this week with the Federal Elections Commission, calling it the "O Say Can You See'' PAC.  The name comes from the first line of the Star-Spangled Banner, written by Maryland-native Francis Scott Key after the bombardment of Baltimore's Fort McHenry during the War of 1812.

PACs are used to raise money to campaign for or against political candidates, ballot initiatives or legislation. In the documents filed with the FEC, a box is checked indicating that the committee supports or opposes more than one federal candidate.

The documents list Martin Cadogan as the treasurer of O'Malley's PAC. Cadogan has served as treasurer for O'Malley's campaigns for governor and mayor of Baltimore.

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