In the 2012 election, it appeared that Claire McCaskill would lose her Senate seat since the only Republican she led in the polls was Todd Akin. We already knew that Democrats contributed 1.5 million dollars to help Akin win the primary. But now, thanks to McCaskill’s new book, “Plenty Ladylike”, we now know she made an illegal PIK (Payment in Kind) contribution to help Akin win.
Akin had National Tea Party support just as Sharron Angle had against Harry Reid in 2010. In both cases Democratic donors gave money for the primary to the candidate with the least chance of winning.
Angle was given 2 million by friends of Harry Reid. In addition, McCaskill did a poll and shared that poll with the Akin campaign.
It was valued at forty thousand dollars, while the legal limit is just twenty five hundred. I’m glad to say the Tea Party learned their lesson after these two disasters and hope they do a much better job of selecting candidates.