Mitt’s big Monday, Blago, draft EO, super PAC news, and more political law links

BLAGO TRIAL UPDATE. The Times. “Disgraced former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich did not want to mix fundraising and governing, a former aide said on Monday, but other witnesses said political donations and government favors were linked.”

COALITION AGAINST DRAFT EO. Story here.  “In a letter sent Monday to Obama, groups such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the American Petroleum Institute, the National Retail Federation, the National Association of Manufacturers and others said that they oppose the draft order since it would inject politics into the federal contracting process. In addition, they said the draft order would chill their free speech rights.”

NEW SUPER PAC. Politico. “Bopp and two other Republican National Committee members last week organized an independent political group called the Republican Super PAC, which will encourage state and federal candidates to direct any campaign cash the politicians can’t accept, such as unlimited donations, to the new Super PAC, which can accept them.”  The Sunlight Foundation has more hereThe Times explores a Colbert connection here.

MEMBER IPHONE APPS. Roll Call. “Over the past year, at least 16 Members of Congress have launched their own iPhone applications.”


$10 MILLION MONDAY. A Romney phone bank raised over $10 million yesterday.  Story here.



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