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Republicans spent big on Akin in Missouri, only to lose

By Jonathan Weisman

New York Times


To the bitter end, establishment Republicans maintained that Rep. Todd Akin, the Republican nominee challenging Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, was dead to them, cut off for his comment that women could not get pregnant in the event of "legitimate rape."

Turns out he was not so dead.

Newly released campaign finance documents show the National Republican Senatorial Committee transferred $760,000 to the Missouri Republican Party in the first days of November as the state party opened an ad blitz to try to close the gap with McCaskill.

In the end, it was not even close. McCaskill, once considered the most vulnerable senator standing for re-election, crushed Akin 55 to 39 percent.

The transfer is not a huge surprise. The Missouri Republican Party's final $1 million advertising spending far exceeded the amount of cash it had on hand, and all eyes shifted to the Republican senatorial committee as the real source of the money. At that time, a committee spokesman, Brian Walsh, refused to comment.

National party officials were eager to keep Akin out of the Republican limelight, worried that his views on rape and abortion would taint other Republicans struggling with a debilitating gender gap, including the presidential nominee, Mitt Romney.

But the documentation is now clear. The Republican senatorial committee tried to help Akin — and failed.

On Nov. 1, the committee transferred $360,000 to the Missouri Republican State Committee, the same day the Republican National Committee gave Missouri Republicans $77,000. The next day, the Republican senatorial committee threw in another $400,000.

Walsh did not return calls or emails Friday. But Democrats did not let the report slide.

"It is not only wrong that the NRSC would provide funds to support a dangerous extremist like Todd Akin," said Matt Canter, spokesman for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. "It was underhanded and dishonest that they would purposely mislead the public about their actions."

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gypsy wrote:
not surprising at all
on December 8,2012 | 06:48AM
thepartyfirst wrote:
I would like to see the Democrats get by without the help of the state run corrupt bias media.
on December 8,2012 | 07:04AM
copperwire9 wrote:
The Republicans' own spending reports are the "state run corrupt bias media" that the Democrats are relying upon for their information? Really
on December 8,2012 | 08:11AM
thepartyfirst wrote:
For example: "the Benghazi massacre was due to a video demeaning Islam." For more than a week the media kept reporting it without questioning or fact finding or hounding the POTHUS why they did nothing for hours as the attack on the embassy waged on. Where's the real media reporting news and not becoming the news?
on December 8,2012 | 09:04AM
kainalu wrote:
It's already been dissected to death - there are no "crack troops" ready to rumble to that size of an event "within hours". Heck, it took Israel 7 days to rescue their hostages from Idi Amin. Very similar circumstances. Exactly, what was the President - anyone for that matter - to do within a matter of hours on the otherside of the world? The big consipracy - eh?
on December 8,2012 | 01:52PM
thepartyfirst wrote:
They were watching the events along. Help was miles away but were told to stand down. Why?
on December 8,2012 | 01:57PM
kainalu wrote:
This isn't your grandpa's USA anymore. Whereas 50-years ago the voter was predominantely elder white males, today's voters include the voices of women, Blacks, Latinos, Asians, LGBT community, and our youth. The draconian position of reptiles like Akin has turned those new voices off to the Republicans. Either the GOP hears these new voices, or they'll simply fade away.
on December 8,2012 | 01:48PM
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