Two Congressmen who had received contributions from Akin’s Takin Back America leadership PAC — Reps. Denny Rehberg (R-MT) and Bobby Schilling (R-IL) — followed suit, promising to donate the Akin money to charities.
Since the start of the 2010 cycle, Takin Back America PAC gave $20,000 to the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) — the campaign arm of the House Republican Conference. The NRCC did not immediately respond to a ThinkProgress inquiry as to what it planned to do with the money.
Additionally, the PAC disbursed:
– $5,000 to Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN)
– $5,000 to Rep. John Carter (R-TX)
– $5,000 to Rep. Tom Price‘s (R-GA) leadership PAC
– $2,000 to Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI)
– $2,000 to Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH)
– $2,000 to Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA)
An examination of their websites and Twitter feeds did not reveal any statements from those six about their plans for the contributions. Nor did they appear to have made any statements to date even condemning Akin’s comments.
Toomey released a statement Tuesday: “I believe Congressman Akin’s remarks were completely indefensible, insensitive, inappropriate and just plain wrong. In order to serve the principles and values that Congressman Akin has advocated for during his many years in Congress, it would be best for him to withdraw from the race.” His campaign finance manager declined to comment on whether he would donate the money he received from Akin’s PAC to charity.