Monday’s campaign round-up

Today’s installment of campaign-related news items that won’t necessarily generate a post of their own, but may be of interest to political observers:

* The secret donor behind the W Spann LLC shell corporation, which apparently existed to give Mitt Romney’s Super PAC $1 million, has been identified. Edward Conard, a former executive at Bain Capital, a private equity firm that Romney helped found, was responsible for the scheme.

* Tomorrow in Wisconsin, six state Senate recall elections will be held targeting Republican incumbents.

* On a related note, Americans for Prosperity’s apparent voter-suppression scheme — the Koch-financed outfit sent absentee-ballot applications to Democratic voters with the wrong date — was even more widespread than originally believed.

* According to an email sent by a close ally to Rick Perry, the Texas governor will launch his Republican presidential campaign next week. Supporters are already soliciting contributions for the as yet unannounced campaign.

* In Iowa yesterday, Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann attended Sunday services at Point of Grace Church, where the pastor told the congregation, “We inherently know that homosexual behavior is immoral and unnatural.” Bachmann and her husband posed for pictures with the pastor after services.

* Speaking of Iowa, it will be a very busy week in the Hawkeye State, including a debate on Thursday and the Ames Straw Poll on Saturday.

* And as part of the activities in Iowa, the Democratic National Committee is kicking off a campaign this week to define the GOP field as extremists candidates trying to please “the far right Tea Party wing of their party and they are following the extreme agenda of Congressional Republicans instead of leading.”

* Republican presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty has added his name to the list of candidates signing the National Organization for Marriage’s anti-gay pledge.

* And Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinders, generally expected to be the Republican gubernatorial nominee next year, was photographed with a former porn start at a bar that boasts about its “pantless parties,” held nightly.

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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.