Rep. Todd Akin’s (R-MO) Senate campaign has struggled to rebound after his claim that women could not get pregnant from “legitimate rape” led to a drop in fundraising and GOP establishment support. A new recording released by his opponent, Democratic incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), won’t do much to help him. In the recording, taken in May, Akin suggests that the best way to get his attention is to make a donation to his campaign.
An unidentified man asks Akin for advice on the best way to get in touch with a congressman, asking “should we write them a letter?” Akin dismissed the idea and suggested cash might be more attention-grabbing:
AKIN: I’m in a three-way primary for the US Senate. I’ve gone to people and asked for their support, their help, or their endorsement, and some people say yes. They write me a decent check. I remember that. The people that I thought were friends that tell me to go away because they are supporting someone else, I remember that. You know, I can remember back to 12 years ago. You remember who’s helping you. That’s one way that people get to know congressmen and senators.
The telling exchange was recorded by a member of the Missouri Democratic Party. Akin has been scrambling for “decent checks.” On Friday, he reportedly agreed to support an earmark ban in the Senate favored by the Senate Conservatives Fund in exchange for the super PAC’s fundraising help. Akin’s last chance to drop out of the race will expire Tuesday.