Akin Gaffe Hurts Where It Counts: On the TV Screen

Third-party groups supporting Sen. Claire McCaskill have outspent independent groups backing challenger Todd Akin by more than 6 to 1.Since the August primary, FEC records show, outside groups have spent roughly $2.7 million to either support McCaskill or oppose Rep. Akin. The money has come largely from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, Women Vote!, and the SEIU’s PAC.American Crossroads and the National Republican Senatorial Committee have stayed out of Missouri since the primary, at least with major TV buys for Akin or against McCaskill. Third-party spending on his behalf totals roughly $420,000 — Freedom’s Defense Fund, NRA’s PAC, and the small-business NFIB has also spent some money.

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