Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) has a new fundraising drive needling Republicans who withdrew financial support from his campaign after his “legitimate rape” comment.
Akin resisted calls to drop out of the race in August. According to his most recent FEC filing, he’s raised about $1.6 million since then.
His latest pitch to donors features Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, Karl Rove, and National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn (R-Texas) wearing photoshopped “Claire 2012″ buttons.
“Do they want her to win?” says the pitch, in reference to incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.).
“Karl Rove’s groups, American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS, have combined to spend almost $4 million in Virginia, where virtually every poll has shown Democrat Tim Kaine leading, by as much as 7 points,” says the Akin mailer. “The NRSC and Rove’s groups have combined to spend an estimated $5.7 million in Wisconsin, where Democrat Tammy Baldwin continues to widen her lead against Republican Tommy Thompson, an early supporter of the individual mandate.”
“Meanwhile, none of them will invest a dime right here in Missouri, where the latest poll shows Todd LEADING Claire McCaskill – a top ally of President Obama who cast the deciding vote for Obamacare, who has voted for $7 trillion in new debt, and who has personally enriched herself to the tune of $40 million in taxpayer money since being elected!” it continues. “So it’s worth asking the question again – do the DC Party Bosses WANT Claire McCaskill to win?”
Perry Akin, campaign manager and son of the congressman, urges supporters to “keep on disrupting the party bosses’ ‘business model!’”
McCaskill leads by 6 points in the latest Rasmussen Reports poll and also by 6 points in the latest Public Policy Polling survey.