Thursday’s campaign round-up

THURSDAY’S CAMPAIGN ROUND-UP….Today’s installment of campaign-related news items that wouldn’t generate a post of their own, but may be of interest to political observers.

* This morning, Bill Clinton published a list of his foundation’s financial supporters. There are more than 200,000 donors listed, and the materials were released as part of an arrangement to remove concerns about potential conflicts of interest if Hillary Rodham Clinton is confirmed as Secretary of State.

* Incoming NRSC chairman John Cornyn is demanding that there be a special election in Illinois to fill its Senate vacancy.

* A Siena College poll in New York shows state attorney general Andrew Cuomo as the top choice to replace Hillary Clinton in the Senate, with Caroline Kennedy close behind.

* On a related note, Liz Moynihan, the widow of Daniel Patrick Moynihan, endorsed Kennedy yesterday.

* Sen. Sam Brownback (R) of Kansas will announce today that he will not seek re-election in 2010. This does not come as a surprise, given that Brownback has been gearing up for a gubernatorial campaign for quite a while.

* Rod Blagojevich’s attorney said yesterday that the impeachment process against his client is “illegal,” telling the 21 members of a special Illinois House impeachment committee, “The evidence you have is nil, zero, nothing.”

* After a very long wait, far-right Rep. Virgil Goode (R-Va.) conceded defeat yesterday, officially resolving the only outstanding U.S. House race. For the record, Democrats went +24 for the cycle, and the next House will have 257 Dems to 178 Republicans.

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.