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 Republican Party of Iowa announced late yesterday that its presidential caucuses are scheduled for Jan. 3. New Hampshire’s plans, meanwhile, are still unclear.
* President Obama’s re-election campaign reached its 1 millionth donor yesterday. The campaign website now boasts, “2012 One Million Strong,” as its new slogan.
* The new CNN poll shows Mitt Romney clinging to the national lead in the Republican presidential race, leading Herman Cain by just one point, 26% to 25%. Rick Perry has seen his support slip from 32% to 13% since early September. No other candidate is in double digits.
* How much does Wall Street support the Romney campaign? At this point, nearly one fourth of the former governor’s campaign donations have come from the financial industry.
* Cain, whose campaign has always appeared dubious, has reportedly used contributions from donors to buy copies of his own books from a company Cain owns. “All candidates publish books, and they offer them as premiums to donors, but most candidates aren’t buying them from their own companies,” Bill Allison, director of the Sunlight Foundation, told Bloomberg. “It raises the question of his campaign contributions ending up in his own pocket.”
* Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul delivered a policy speech in Las Vegas yesterday, unveiling his plan to cut $1 trillion in federal spending. Among the government offices Paul would like to close are five cabinet agencies, including the departments of Energy and Education, and the agency that oversees airport security.
* In Virginia, a Richmond Times-Dispatch poll shows Romney as the heavy favorite in the state’s presidential primary, leading his next closest competitor by 32 points.
* The same poll shows Romney leading President Obama in a hypothetical match-up in Virginia, 45% to 42%.
* And “Saturday Night Live” apparently hurt GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum’s feelings over the weekend. Following a skit in which Santorum was portrayed as debating from inside a gay bar, Santorum accused SNL of “bullying.”