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:
* According to new estimates, casino magnate Sheldon Adelson spent nearly $150 million to defeat President Obama and congressional Democrats in the 2012 cycle, far more than had previously been reported.
* In California, state Republican lawmaker Tim Donnelly is gearing up for a gubernatorial campaign, but his background is already making his candidacy controversial -- Donnellly is a former leader in the anti-immigrant group known as the Minutemen.
* Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.), who lost his re-election bid after serving just one term, told NPR that he's exploring other avenues for public service. Most notably, the right-wing Floridian said, "[A]lways remember, Abraham Lincoln only served one term in Congress, too."
* Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D) believes it's far too early to discuss the next presidential campaign, but told CNN yesterday that he has "a warm regard for the people of Iowa and New Hampshire."
* As expected, Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) will stay on as chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee through the 2014 midterms. Israel was approved by his caucus unanimously after Democrats increased their House caucus to 201 seats.
* Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) is hoping to scare away potential primary challengers, holding events over the weekend announcing "the support of top federal and state Republican officials behind his candidacy."
* Despite appeals from the NRSC, Rep. Tim Griffin (R-Ark.) will not challenge Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) next year, and will instead focus on rising through the ranks for the House Ways and Means committee.
* And in South Dakota, Sen. Tim Johnson (D) hasn't formally announced his 2014 plans, but released a statement last week hinting that he's likely to seek another term. He'll probably face former Gov. Mike Rounds (R), who entered the race last Thursday.