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NRSC Spent Big On Todd Akin Race After Claiming To Abandon Him


Todd Akin

The National Republican Senatorial Committee sent $760,000 to the Missouri Republican Party in the first days of November, which was used to give the embattled Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) a last-minute campaign boost, Politico reports.

Just two months prior to making that move, the NRSC had publicly promised to abandon Akin, who said in August that “legitimate rape” does not lead to pregnancy.

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

The Huffington Post reported on Oct. 31 that over $700,000 had been funneled into Akin’s campaign through Missouri’s Republican party, but the NRSC refused to say whether or not they had spent the money. Most of the national GOP establishment, including super PACs like Karl Rove’s American Crossroads, had cut Akin off after trying and failing to oust him from his Senate race.

The last minute TV ad buy for Akin, of course, made little difference, as the candidate lost by a 15-point margin to Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) on Election Day Nov. 6.

The NRSC declined to comment.

This story has been updated to reflect the NRSC’s response.


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Inside Karl Rove’s Secret Kingdom: Craig Unger on Stolen Votes, Political Attacks, Billionaire Ties

In a new book, author Craig Unger examines the return of Karl Rove, the man who masterminded the rise of George W. Bush from governor of Texas to a two-term presidency, who advised Bush during two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and who was at the center of two of the biggest scandals of the Bush administration: the Valerie Plame Wilson affair and the U.S. attorneys scandal. While Rove was almost indicted for the Plame affair, he has reinvented himself to become the most powerful political operative in America. Heading up the American Crossroads super PAC and the affiliated nonprofit, Crossroads GPS, Rove has built up a war chest that has given Mitt Romney a significant cash advantage in the fundraising race with President Obama. In “Boss Rove: Inside Karl Rove’s Secret Kingdom of Power,” Unger writes that Rove’s ambitions are not simply about winning elections, but represent “a far more grandiose vision — the forging of a historic re-alignment of America’s political landscape, the transformation of America into effectively a one-party state.” [includes rush transcript]


Craig Unger, author of Boss Rove: Inside Karl Rove’s Secret Kingdom of Power and contributing editor at Vanity Fair.

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