Democrats Accuse Congressman Akin of Changing Earmarks Position To Gain Campaign Contributions

Maria Keena

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Formal complaints have been filed against Republican Congressman Todd Akin with the Federal Election Commission and the U-S House Ethics Panel.

Missouri’s Democratic Party filed the complaints claiming Akin has changed his position on earmarks in an effort to get South Carolina Republican Senator Jim DeMint’s Superpac, Senate Conservatives Fund  financial support.

Mike Sanders,  Missouri’s Democratic Chairman says it wouldn’t make any difference if Congressman Akin was for or against earmarks. Sanders says it’s the fundamental change and based on endorsements of campaign cash that should cause everyone in Missouri great pause and concern. Sanders said “it has the flavor of bribery, it has the flavor of pay for play.”

Senator DeMint is an opponent of earmarks….The complaints also contend Akin violated federal laws that prohibit candidates from dealing directly with political action committees or pacs.

Congressman Akin’s campaign spokesman Rick Tyler admits Akin staffers spoke with DeMint’s people, but denies they have Akin any money.

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