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12/07/2012 09:08 am ET Updated Dec 07, 2012

NRSC Spent Big On Todd Akin Race After Claiming To Abandon Him

The National Republican Senatorial Committee sent $760,000 to the Missouri Republican Party in the first days of November, which was used to give the embattled Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) a last-minute campaign boost, Politico reports.

Just two months prior to making that move, the NRSC had publicly promised to abandon Akin, who said in August that "legitimate rape" does not lead to pregnancy.

"It is not only wrong that the NRSC would provide funds to support a dangerous extremist like Todd Akin, it was underhanded and dishonest that they would purposely mislead the public about their actions," Matt Canter, a spokesman for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, told The Huffington Post Friday.

The Huffington Post reported on Oct. 31 that over $700,000 had been funneled into Akin's campaign through Missouri's Republican party, but the NRSC refused to say whether or not they had spent the money. Most of the national GOP establishment, including super PACs like Karl Rove's American Crossroads, had cut Akin off after trying and failing to oust him from his Senate race.

The last minute TV ad buy for Akin, of course, made little difference, as the candidate lost by a 15-point margin to Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) on Election Day Nov. 6.

The NRSC declined to comment.

This story has been updated to reflect the NRSC's response.

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