Akin hits fund-raising goal, spotted in Tampa
August 23rd, 2012
11:47 AM ET
2 years ago

Akin hits fund-raising goal, spotted in Tampa

(CNN) – Rep. Todd Akin, embroiled in scandal after a controversial remark he made about rape, announced Thursday he hit a fund-raising goal of $100,000 in the last two days.

"Over the past 48 hours, I have apologized, been attacked by the party bosses, yet through it all, voters have rallied behind me," Akin said in a statement released by his campaign.

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Akin resisted calls from within the GOP to drop his U.S. Senate bid in Missouri after he set off a firestorm, saying in an interview Sunday that women are biologically capable of preventing pregnancy in cases of "legitimate rape."

While national Republican groups, including the Republican National Committee and the conservative group American Crossroads, have pledged to withdraw financial support from the race, Akin insisted on staying in and competing against incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill, a vulnerable Democrat this November.

With high hopes of capturing the Missouri Senate seat for the GOP this fall, the party wants the now-scarred Akin to step aside and let another Republican run.

Furthermore, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus urged Akin not to attend the GOP convention in Tampa, Florida next week, but the congressman was spotted in Tampa Wednesday night. A source familiar with the trip confirms that Akin was in the Sunshine State to meet with the Council for National Policy, an organization of prominent social conservatives. He is still not expected to come to the convention next week.

Politico first reported the news of the trip.

Despite meeting his fund-raising goal, Akin’s war chest is relatively bare compared to McCaskill’s. As of mid-July, Akin had raised $2.2 million this cycle, while McCaskill had brought in $10.3 million, according to Federal Election Commission reports.

McCaskill will likely continue to dwarf Akin in fund-raising this fall, given that she'll receive financial support from her party, while the GOP has vowed to cut its cash flow to her Republican challenger.

In his e-mail Thursday, Akin attempted to rally supporters to stand with him as he carries on with his campaign.

"With every donation, we are showing the Washington elites that we are ready to defeat Claire McCaskill," Akin wrote in the email, requesting donations to raise another $25,000 online by midnight. "I know that together, we will be able to win this thing in November."

– CNN Political Reporter Peter Hamby contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • Claire McCaskill • Missouri • Senate
soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. DIANA

    Sure it's not the Democrats who are contributing? You're the gift that keeps on giving. I'd contribute to you in order to make sure Claire McCaskill wins.

    August 23, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  2. 8.3% unemployment - Over 8% 42 Straight months and the Obama Jobs DEPRESSION continues unabated

    If it means getting rid of another Democrat Senator than SEND AKIN MONEY PEOPLE!! It isw the ONLY way to get rid of Obamacare. If you value your healthcare system, then these Democrat Senators MUST GO!!

    August 23, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  3. luke,az

    The Republican party is starting to implode. The moderates are infighting with the evangelicals and tea partiers. How any women can vote for the Romney/Ryan Vulture/Voucher ticket is beyond me.

    August 23, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  4. Jack Be Humble

    I don't think Democrats should be certain that Akin will be unsuccessful in his challenge of McCaskill. Akin has a strong grass-roots base, and also a lot of following and support beyond the state from Pro-Life, Evangelical, and repeal of direct vote for Senate groups. The GoP leaders may also decide that it is better to have a tainted horse in the race than no horse at all, and reverse themselves on direct funding for Akin.

    August 23, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  5. Logic N LA

    His 100K in 48 hours tells me there are too many people with money and small minds. The concept that any women should be forcedto have a baby is against everything this country stands for. We are not a religioun, we are a nation.

    August 23, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  6. chilly g

    im a democraft and im enjoying reading about this akin guy, it fun and i think because of what he said claire
    will keep her senate thank to this guy.

    August 23, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  7. v_mag

    I've got a brother like Todd Akin. Willing to believe anything that fits the world view that he has so many years invested in. Afraid to examine his own life and beliefs. Surrounded by people caught up in the same fantasy land who will go down fighting for scientifically indefensible ideas they get from Fox Noise and their churches. Isolated in a sea of ignorance from which they are deathly afraid to escape. Republicans.

    August 23, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  8. zizewitz

    Have you noticed that SANTORUM has not asked AKIN to withdraw.// Factually, he will help him to raise funds from his fundamentalist Christian supporters, which are the counterparts in idiocy of the Moslem fundamentalists.,

    August 23, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  9. Thorne

    Hmmm maybe it's just me, but I wouldn't be bragging about the people who agreed with your "legitimate rape" comment. Just saying. Doesn't this many have female children? Goddess forbid they ever be raped and get pregnant. He could pray with them while telling them to just accept God's "blessing". As a woman, I'm getting a little sick and tired of being in the Republican/TeaParty firing range.

    August 23, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  10. 8.3% unemployment - Over 8% 42 Straight months and the Obama Jobs DEPRESSION continues unabated

    Hmmm.... seems to fit both ways!

    Democrats.
    Willing to believe anything that fits the world view that he has so many years invested in. Afraid to examine his own life and beliefs. Surrounded by people caught up in the same fantasy land who will go down fighting for economically indefensible ideas they get from Huffington Press and their leftist union cohorts. Isolated in a sea of ignorance from which they are deathly afraid to escape.

    August 23, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  11. watch your back

    Their beliefs will cause the next civil war. Backwards thinking cave man

    August 23, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  12. alien

    Our old healthcare system was set up for insurance companies not sick people. Isn't missouri last in education, this would explain akin still leading.

    August 23, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  13. sonny chapman

    Somebody pass Karl Rove a bottle of Maalox.

    August 23, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  14. The Elephant In The Room

    Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan`s records reveal that they believe E VERYTHING that Akin believes.

    I`ve been disappointed in journalists who have simply given the "Throwback Team" a microphone to speak into without holding them accountable.

    Romney said held sign a "PERSONHOOD" ammendment. That means he`d outlaw abortion under all circumstances. To hear the likes of Wolf Blitzer, Suzzane Malveaux, Erin Burnett, or Anderson Cooper simply regurgitate GOP talking points was a deep disappointment in their professionalism. The abortion discrepancies won`t go away. It will come up in the debates.

    August 23, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  15. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Akin just wanted to visit with Go-Go and Ezili before the rest of the Republicans got there. If you don't get the reference, check two articles back.

    August 23, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  16. Lisa P

    8.3% unemployment – Over 8% 42 Straight months and the Obama Jobs DEPRESSION continues unabated

    Hmmm.... seems to fit both ways!

    Democrats.
    Willing to believe anything that fits the world view that he has so many years invested in. Afraid to examine his own life and beliefs. Surrounded by people caught up in the same fantasy land who will go down fighting for economically indefensible ideas they get from Huffington Press and their leftist union cohorts. Isolated in a sea of ignorance from which they are deathly afraid to escape.
    August 23, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Ah - so you admit it fits Republicans? Guess we'll just have to go to science, and the facts, for a tie breaker then. Sadly for you, reality leans to the left - we've had forty straight months of job growth under President Obama, and the Dow is now hitting heights it hasn't seen since the 1990's. Your doom and gloom front is a political tactic, nothing more.

    August 23, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  17. 8.3% unemployment - Over 8% 42 Straight months and the Obama Jobs DEPRESSION continues unabated

    The Elephant In The Room - I`ve been disappointed in journalists who have simply given the "Throwback Team" a microphone to speak into without holding them accountable.
    ============================================================================================
    So you expect journalists to be attacking instead of reporting? I think you've been watching MSNBC a bit too long. So who among journalists has been holding Obama accountable??? Answer: NOBODY. They simply mask over and ignore his horrendous economic record. If Obama was a Republican, the LSM would be running front page articles every day about how bad the economy and job situation is. But instead what do we get? Every made up story line in the book that the Obama campaign wants to use to distract the American people from the LAST 4 YEARS OF OBAMA FAILURE.

    August 23, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  18. Gary

    A dinosaur with a hundred grand is still a dinosaur.....

    August 23, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  19. Our Best Hope

    Congratulations Todd, keep going. The Christian Right deserves better for it's years of support for the 1%ers in the GOP!!!! With you in, the smart people in Mass. will surely vote Scott Brown out to ensure that you nutballs do not get the Senate.

    August 23, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  20. Al-NY,NY

    Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Akin just wanted to visit with Go-Go and Ezili before the rest of the Republicans got there. If you don't get the reference, check two articles back.
    -----------------

    it isn't going to be raining.....it's going to be a monsoon. The righteous hypocrites will be dropping $ like it's out of style

    August 23, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  21. Akin/Head 2012

    I think this guy should say to hell with the senate and go for the GOP nomination for presidental candidate, with that crazy "judge" from Texas as his running mate. The Akin/Head ticket has a nice ring to it, when you say it out loud it describes what this whole ugly campaign is giving most people!

    August 23, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  22. Gerry

    I'm pretty much the most Conservative person in the country, so this isn't a liberal tirade. This man showed a horrific lack of intelligence in his words and follow-up. In fact, his overall stupidity throughout this issue has been appalling. Now I want conservatives to win elections more than anyone; but the really dumb ones should get off the ballot and just support the smarter ones. From what I've seen and read (as a conservative) Akin needs to withdraw, sit-down and shut up. Gaff or not, he's simply not smart enough to represent anyone's political interests.

    August 23, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  23. Canuck

    It appears to the outsider that ignorance is celebrated and rewarded in the USA.

    August 23, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  24. Rudy NYC

    Jack Be Humble wrote:

    I don't think Democrats should be certain that Akin will be unsuccessful in his challenge of McCaskill. ....
    ------------
    Tell that to his fellow Republicans, who are the ones calling for Akin to drop out. Democrats are mostly watching, not saying a word.

    August 23, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  25. Wait, you misunderstood.

    How foolish of us.. when he thinks about rape, it involves boys. and we all know they don't get pregnant. Mr Akin needs another $25K today, to keep up with the million that his opponent will receive today. LOL

    August 23, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
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