Akin hits fund-raising goal, spotted in Tampa
August 23rd, 2012
11:47 AM ET
9 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. snowboarder

    more proof that a fool and his money are soon parted.

    August 23, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  2. Core republican Values

    I know several democrats who have contributed to Akin. As a living, breathing poster child for everything that is ugly, stupid, and corrupt in today's republican party, everything Akin does offsets all the disgusting advertising from Karl Rove.

    August 23, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  3. gord

    if you want a repeat of crash and burn -vote republican

    August 23, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    Food for thought: How many rapists do you want to be able to use the victim's pregnancy against them as evidence that it "wasn't really rape"? THAT is the path down which Akin and the GOP/Teatroll platform is headed. If the law of the land is established as a complete and utter ban on abortions and is based in part on this nonsensical, disproven, unscientific idiocy about rape not really being able to result in pregnancy, it wouldn't be long before Joe-the-Rapist's attorneys start using victim pregnancies as evidence that rape didn't really occur.

    August 23, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  5. David R

    Missouri Senate – Akin vs. McCaskill

    Rasmussen Reports

    McCaskill 48, Akin 38

    McCaskill +10

    August 23, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  6. John

    Nothing could be further from the truth. Mr.Akin very cunningly provided $59,000 of his own personal funds to achieve the $100,000 mark with the notion that it would restore confidence in voters.

    Sorry, but your efforts have only pushed you farther into the ground.

    August 23, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  7. BOb the Prairie Dog

    Can't we just give the Republicans the South and call it even?

    August 23, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  8. Hotsaucemom

    The hypocrisy is glaring: Even after Republicans across the country scrambled to condemn Akin's revolting rape comments made in public, they're just made his radical agenda a plank of the Republican Party platform – approved last night – includes a constitutional ban on aborition, with no exceptions for rape or incest. This new platform is nothing short of a pledge to pass Akin's agenda if they take control of the White House and Senate. Mark my words: If Ryn and Akin get elected and take the White House and SENATE, women will lose the right to choose, even in cases of rape or incest. The Republicans' new vow is loud and clear.

    August 23, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  9. ClarasBeau

    I imagine that Akin is proud of the notoriety he's achieved over the past few days.

    August 23, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  10. Bill in Florida

    American voters need to realize that the onlu difference between Akin and just about every other Republican running for office is that Akin was stupid or arrogant or ignorant enough to publicize his feelings. Most other Republicans agree with Akin but keep their feelings to themselves, preferring to lie to America before the election.

    August 23, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  11. ghostriter

    Is he down there inspecting the gentlemen's club's? Someone's gotta make sure they are up to code.

    August 23, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  12. Tracy

    Great point Bill in Florida...

    August 23, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  13. Dee

    Republicans voters are,nt smart enough to figure out, they have lost most,if not all the Womens Vote in the country??? To cut off health care and womens rights, "Is just Looney Tunes,and Immoral??? Gop, "Youcan have the South, but you loose 100% of Black Americans vote, 75% of Latino vote,and the womens vote! I hope you have a Gray Convention! Gop deserves it, "Bigg Time!!!!!! Vote them Gone!

    August 23, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  14. bwana

    Akin = Idiot!

    August 23, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  15. jellylee2020

    Yes, many men would like to legitimately rape some women who wouldn't give them the time of the day. You go Akin!

    August 23, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  16. Keepint It Real

    Bill in Florida "Most other Republicans agree with Akin but keep their feelings to themselves, preferring to lie to America before the election."

    Bill, I'll call you out on this. Prove to me your statement is true. I know you can't, so shall I just label you a troll now? Numerous Republicans IMMEDIATELY came out and denounced Akin's statement. Take this in comparison to Obama, who essentially condoned Biden's "chains" comments and Reid's blatant unsubstantiated accusations.

    Bill, it's time to put up or shut up...

    August 23, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  17. ll

    Rattle some cages, Akin.

    You said nothing different from what all the GOP says amongst themselves. Paul Ryan is making hay off of beating you down from extremist ideology....when he is much more extreme than you..Give 'em hell.

    August 23, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  18. LeeCMH

    The hateful Christians are flocking to Akin and Chic fil a. They are defined by what they hate.

    August 23, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    "Is he down there inspecting the gentlemen's club's? Someone's gotta make sure they are up to code."

    Well, we'll never be able to prove it anyway, even if he does sleep around with a few ladies of the night. Aftger all, God's Little Shield also kicks in when women are completely disgusted, bored and unpleased by the man...even if it's consensual.

    August 23, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  20. Kay

    What's going to happen when republicans get the world they want? That's scary to think about,I bet they will not want to live in it either

    August 23, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  21. labman57

    Moral of the story - there are equal-minded misogynistic neanderthals with deep pockets who share Akin's belief that some rapes are inherently "rapier" than are other rapes.

    August 23, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  22. jsmoulder

    He is trailing by 10 points, but more democrats want him to stay in the race. That is because they know Clair is out if anyone else is running against her.

    August 23, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  23. James PDX

    If Ryan gets the "Akin" bill passed and all abortions become banned, will they pass some kind of law that will pay for children born of rape? Or will they simply call the mothers freeloaders when they have to sign up for welfare to help cover the $235,000.00 average cost to raise a child (not including college) that was forced on them by their rapist and the GOP?

    August 23, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
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