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Update 9/27/12 9:30 AM with response from Akin campaign.

The Missouri Democratic Party has filed ethics complaints against Todd Akin, alleging wrongdoing for coordinating with a Super PAC in exchange for campaign cash.

Two complaints were filed against Akin by the party:

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Senator Claire McCaskill says she is disappointed that a permanent ban on earmarks failed in the U.S. Senate Thursday.

The Missouri Democrat and a Republican colleague, Pat Toomey from Pennsylvania, attempted to attach the ban as an amendment to a bill outlawing insider trading by Congress. The attempt fell short of the 60 votes needed.

In a recorded statement provided by the Senator's office, McCaskill called earmarking a flawed process.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 2, 2012 - WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate on Thursday rejected, in a 59-40 vote, an effort by Sens. Claire McCaskill and Pat Toomey to ban permanently the practice of earmarking -- that is, channeling funds to specific favored projects.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 31, 2012 - Republican U.S. Senate candidate John Brunner faced more Democratic fire -- much of it laced with humor -- Monday with his decision not to participate in a scheduled debate with rivals Sarah Steelman and Todd Akin.

But Brunner, a wealthy St. Louis businessman, countered by making his own news: He provided the documents that confirm he already has spent over $1 million on his campaign -- most of it out of his own pocket.

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A report issued Monday by Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri concludes that US House members circumvented a ban on earmark spending more than 100 times. (read full report here)

House Republicans banned earmarks last fall for two years to curb government spending. But, McCaskill's report finds that the Republican chairman of the House Armed Services Committee used tricks to allow more than $800 million in earmarks be inserted in the 2012 Defense authorization bill.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 12, 2011 -WASHINGTON - Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., issued a staff report on Monday contending that 115 spending proposals in the House-passed defense bill, worth $834 million, were "earmarks" that appear to violate a congressional moratorium on such favored projects.

But a spokesman for the House Armed Services Committee told the Beacon on Monday that those provisions would not be part of the compromise House-Senate defense bill because House appropriators had not provided funding for the section of the legislation that included them. The spokesman denied that the provisions were earmarks. 

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Missouri's Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill introduced legislation Wednesday to put a permanent ban on earmarks, the legislative practice of funding specific projects.

Currently, there is a temporary ban on earmarks in place.

Speaking to reporters during a conference call this morning, McCaskill says projects need to compete on merit.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 30, 2011 - WASHINGTON - Warning that some lawmakers are trying to do end runs around the temporary moratorium on earmarks, U.S. Sens. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and Pat Toomey, R-Pa., introduced a bill Wednesday that would impose a permanent ban.