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Conservative group files complaint against 2012 McCaskill-Akin collaboration

In 2012, Sen. Claire McCaskill let her pollster talk with Republican candidate Todd Akin’s campaign because she was convinced Akin would be the easiest candidate to defeat that fall and she wanted to help him win the nomination. The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust says that conversation may have broken campaign laws.
In 2012, Sen. Claire McCaskill let her pollster talk with Republican candidate Todd Akin’s campaign because she was convinced Akin would be the easiest candidate to defeat that fall and she wanted to help him win the nomination. The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust says that conversation may have broken campaign laws.

A conservative group has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission over Sen. Claire McCaskill’s decision to allow her pollster to talk with Republican candidate Todd Akin’s campaign in 2012.

The group — the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust — says the pollster’s conversation with the Akin campaign may have broken campaign laws.

“By providing polling data and information, Senator McCaskill made an in-kind donation to a candidate that appears to be in violation of federal law,” the complaint says.

The complaint comes from a claim McCaskill made in her new book, “Plenty Ladylike.” In the book, the senator recounts her outreach to Akin before the 2012 GOP primary in Missouri. McCaskill says she was convinced Akin would be the easiest candidate to defeat that fall and she wanted to help him win the nomination.

She authorized her pollster to talk with Akin’s campaign, the book says.

McCaskill has said no polling data was shared with the Akin campaign. On Thursday, she said allegations that she improperly aided Akin were “silly.”

Akin’s FEC filings show no record of any contribution from McCaskill or her campaign. Akin could conceivably face scrutiny for the omission, although it does not appear anyone has filed a complaint against him.

It isn’t known how quickly the FEC will take up the complaint.

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