Rep. Akin nearly doubled staff pay in final months
April 1st, 2013
08:04 PM ET
10 years ago

Rep. Akin nearly doubled staff pay in final months

(CNN) - On his way out of the U.S. House, Rep. Todd Akin dramatically upped staff compensation.

In the final three months of last year, Akin's small congressional staff got more than twice what it had received in any of the previous quarters in 2012, according to records posted by legislative salary tracker Legistorm.

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Four staffers saw an increase of more than three times their pay in previous quarters. One employee, a part-timer, was paid more than 12 times the amount he had consistently earned in the first nine months of the year, according to a CNN review of the records.

In all, the Missouri Republican paid more than $388,000 to 14 staff members. In the previous quarters, staff salaries ranged from a total of $180,000 to $192,000.

His former communications director, Steve Taylor, told CNN Kansas City, Missouri, affiliate KMBC the pay increases were a severance package.

Akin sought to unseat incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, last year.

But his campaign was thrown off course by controversial comments he made in a local television interview about rape.

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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. ghostriter

    That will teach you guys to not vote for me!!!

    -T. Akin

    April 1, 2013 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  2. T

    .......typical liar Republican

    April 1, 2013 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  3. Catmandew

    More waste by a rich out of touch politican. How is this news? They have all been doin it from our fearless leader to the bottom of the barrel they all give way too many benefits and pay to their staff. They don't even work every day like the rest of us do. They get far too many days off and get paid far too much.

    April 1, 2013 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  4. PJ

    Apparently Allen West did the same thing. So much for the Tea Party's desire to cut spending. Finally, proof
    that this 'organization' is all talk and very little substance.
    I can hardly wait for the defenders of these obstructionists to make excuses. When they do, they too, will
    have lost all credibility. Not that they had any in the first place, but this nails it down.

    April 1, 2013 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  5. Pete

    Isn't that something conservatives and not only enlarging government but raising payroll as well ,how patriotic hypocrites..Posters here saying democrates love big government when it was Bushs administration that almost doubled in size and added different branches employing even more to show how low percentage of unemployed were under his watch..Pretty clever until Pres.Obama cut hundreds of thousands of useless jobs Bushs administration had hid as usual..Just check posters and see how many government jobs have been eliminated under Pres.Obama and you'll see he's doing something Bush or his administration couldn't ,their jobs!!!

    April 1, 2013 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  6. Cory the Dog

    Who cares? Any amont is not enough working for Akin.

    April 1, 2013 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  7. John the Historian

    Where is our national health care that all these politicians have ? Don't see any cuts from them in their salary.

    April 1, 2013 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  8. Woman In California

    No surprise here. Republicans are very good at wasteful spending and poor management.

    April 1, 2013 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  9. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    The party of fiscal responsibility...My backside!

    April 1, 2013 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  10. ThinkAgain

    Yep, Akin's quite the piece of work ...

    April 2, 2013 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  11. Thomas

    The environmental impacts of an oil spill in central Arkansas began to come into focus Monday as officials said a couple of dead ducks and 10 live oily birds were found after an ExxonMobil pipeline ruptured last week.

    No to Keystone Pipeline
    Todd Akin / Rick Perry 2016

    April 2, 2013 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  12. mightyduk

    The true voice of the republican party.

    April 2, 2013 02:50 am at 2:50 am |
  13. shane

    so....14 people were paid 27k a year to work.... thank you ex sen akin for your generosity. lol. not a big deal, we all need a decent job in this current situation.

    April 2, 2013 04:24 am at 4:24 am |
  14. shane

    they get to earn $12 an hour! awesome an actual living wage

    April 2, 2013 04:25 am at 4:25 am |
  15. Name lynn

    What happen people gave todd akin a pay hike raise for retireing whats the problem.

    April 2, 2013 05:45 am at 5:45 am |

    Follow the money in the Tea potty Express too. That Koch brothers money. Grassroots alright.

    April 2, 2013 06:17 am at 6:17 am |
  17. Marie MD

    He had enough money to pay people. Too bad his brain is a tiny little nut!

    April 2, 2013 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
  18. Nonplused

    A very conservative move. It's just another in many of the hypocritical moves by republicans. Then said republicans point the finger at democrats as the spenders of money. The hoax of the century, perpetrated with the help of Faux News.

    April 2, 2013 07:54 am at 7:54 am |