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:
* Obama For America and its DNC partner raised $71 million in June, $35 million less than Mitt Romney and the RNC. The Obama campaign’s COO, Ann Marie Habershaw, told donors this morning, “I’ll spare you the cheerleading and just put this as clearly as I can: If we lose this election, it will be because we didn’t close the gap enough when we had the chance.”
* In a new USA Today/Gallup Poll, President Obama leads Mitt Romney by two points in 12 swing states (47% to 45%) and leads by four points in all the other states (48% to 44%).
* A new ad from the Obama campaign hits Romney over China. It includes this tagline: “Mitt Romney’s not the solution; he’s the problem.”
* In Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren’s Democratic Senate campaign continues to excel at raising money, raising $8.67 million in the second quarter. The Boston Globe reported that Warren is “the nation’s leading congressional fundraiser.”
* The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is filing a formal complaint with the Federal Election Commission today, accusing Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS, the Koch brothers’ Americans for Prosperity, and the 60 Plus Association of willfully violating federal election law.
* The Advocate, a magazine focused on the LGBT community, hasn’t endorsed a presidential candidate in decades, but this year, has thrown its enthusiastic support to Obama.
* And in Wisconsin, Eric Hovde was not initially expected to be a major player in the Republicans’ U.S. Senate primary, but that’s changing, thanks to his personal wealth. Late last week, Hovde made a $1.5 million TV ad buy for the month leading up to the August 14 primary.