- - Monday, August 1, 2011


GOP governors lead Democrats in fundraising

The Republican Governors Association outraised its Democratic counterpart by a margin of 2-to-1, raking in $22.1 million during the first six months of this year.

The Democratic Governors Association collected $11 million during the past six months, according to Internal Revenue Service records.

The RGA collected $1 million from billionaire David Koch of energy giant Koch Industries, while the insurance industry, including Aetna Inc. and American National Insurance Co., donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to the GOP group.

RGA officials said they had $16.2 million in the bank through the end of June while the DGA had $8.6 million cash on hand.

The RGA is led by Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who is considering a Republican presidential bid, while the DGA is led by Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley.


Judge sets Blagojevich sentencing for Oct. 6

CHICAGO | Ousted Illinois governor Rod R. Blagojevich has more clarity now about when he could begin serving time for his corruption convictions.

Federal Judge James Zagel set an Oct. 6 sentencing date at a hearing Monday. Blagojevich would likely report to prison a few months later.

Attorney Sheldon Sorosky told Judge Zagel the defense will call people to speak during sentencing about the good Blagojevich accomplished as governor. Mr. Sorosky said Blagojevich will also address the judge.

With both sides expected to present testimony, the sentencing hearing could last several days.

Legal observers say Judge Zagel is likely to sentence Blagojevich to about 10 years for the single conviction at his first trial and the convictions on 17 corruption counts at his retrial.

Those convictions include trying to sell or trade President Obama’s vacated Senate seat.

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